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So my friend wants to build a new computer, but shes on a tight budget Games that are played: CS GO, SC2, Diablo 3, League of Legends, and Hearthstone. I appreciate if you guys could help me out!
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Does she have any interest in overclocking? I'm assuming not, but I feel that it needs to be asked.
 

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Yeah, that's a good question: is there anything that's not needed?
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Intel 730 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($171.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.19 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($25.00)
Total: $698.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-12 23:43 EDT-0400
 

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Originally Posted by NguyenAdam View Post

No accessories needed. Just the PC. Also, she will not be interested in overclocking.
With that MSI gaming board (and many others), OC'ing is a simple click of a button (OC Genie in this case). It does a safe and simple OC of the G3258 to ~4.3ghz with no hassles. Brings it up to I5 levels, and is what that CPU is meant to do....

and can be done from the desktop...
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($173.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $693.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I considered going the G3258 route, but saw SC2 listed among the games so I figured an i3 would be better. I even left a little wiggle room.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($103.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Transcend SSD370 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.69 @ Newegg)
Total: $686.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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cmon man, no one does rebates, gotta be realistic and get the parts as low as is without that rebate stuff

rebates = non-deals
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I see people of all kinds here on OCN. Some are ALWAYS looking for rebates. Some people won't buy something if it doesn't have a rebate. Some don't care as much but they still love rebates. Others couldn't care either way, but they will still use rebates if they find one. Some people simply don't care and all they want is the product. Others avoid rebates like the plague.

So, just because you never use rebates, it doesn't mean that no one else does. That's one of the beautiful things about life on Earth: we're not all the same. So, let's let NguyenAdam's friend make that decision! Who are we to decide for her?
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($103.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A (NFC Express Edition) ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($56.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($151.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Windows 8/8.1 ($25.00)
Total: $657.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-13 11:48 EDT-0400
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Intel 730 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($171.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.19 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($25.00)
Total: $698.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-12 23:43 EDT-0400
That's a lot of money for a dual core PC. Dual core (except dual core with HT, such as the i3) are pretty much dead as gaming computers since some games (Far Cry 4, GTA V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, AC Unity) released in the last few months don't even launch if you don't have at least a quad core or dual core with HT or you install mods to make it work with a dual core.

Other than the CPU and that motherboard, it would be a pretty good computer. IMO change the CPU with at least an i3 (i5 preferable) and get a motherboard for $30-$40 less.

EDIT: Not sure why Windows 8.1 is $25 on your list, but IMO this would be much better

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dKN7Bm
 

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That's a lot of money for a dual core PC. Dual core (except dual core with HT, such as the i3) are pretty much dead as gaming computers since some games (Far Cry 4, GTA V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, AC Unity) released in the last few months don't even launch if you don't have at least a quad core or dual core with HT or you install mods to make it work with a dual core.

Other than the CPU and that motherboard, it would be a pretty good computer. IMO change the CPU with at least an i3 (i5 preferable) and get a motherboard for $30-$40 less.

EDIT: Not sure why Windows 8.1 is $25 on your list, but IMO this would be much better

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dKN7Bm
You're not sure? Click the link. :)

http://www.reddit.com/r/microsoftsoftwareswap/comments/35evhr/h_windows_7_8_81_servers_office_visio_project/
 
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