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My brother wants to build a budget gaming rig looking at a $700 max price range and I'm looking for suggestions on parts. I've always gone high end but its been a while since I have bought anything so thank you to everyone who responds in advance, its greatly appreciated.
 

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8320 + 970a-ud3p + R280
 

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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

8320 + 970a-ud3p + R280
I agree with this platform. Hard to beat the AMD price to performance. Specifics aside, I will echo this fine member:

FX 8320
R9 280
120 GB ssd
1 tb HDD
600 watt PSU
8 GB ram
Hyper 212 evo
$50 or $60 Case

Something along these lines should be possible in that budget. You may need to step down to the FX 6300 CPU if the budget is tight. If you have excess in the budget, improve the CPU cooler or add better case fans. I would improve the case or cooling before I moved up to the 280x. Just play with the parts and see what is currently on sale.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LDg3Bm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LDg3Bm/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB DUAL-X Video Card ($177.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-14 20:59 EST-0500
 

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Originally Posted by ep45-ds3l View Post

Over budget with no SSD.. You'll have to fine tune a little..

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2s7wpg
I wasn't including a copy of Windows or a DVD drive. I would move down to the FX 6300, won't change gaming performance much, if any at all.

The next downgrade would be to remove the 212 evo and run the stock cooler. But that would be the first thing I would add in a month or two when he got another $30 to spend on it.

If those two things didn't get you under budget, it wouldn't be ideal, but you would need to step back to the 270x GPU.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LDg3Bm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LDg3Bm/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB DUAL-X Video Card ($177.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-14 20:59 EST-0500
Add a case, PSU, and a copy of Windows and see if that keeps him under budget.
 

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Who pays for windows, or get it student for $20-30

Case is case get a $30 one
 

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860k and a 290 with overclocking headroom on both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM GAMING Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($90.94 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $709.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 00:55 EST-0500
 

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Wow. I think painkiller won the thread. The CPU is only a quad, but it should be good enough. It'll actually be better than an 8320 in a lot of cases.
 

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Originally Posted by p4inkill3r View Post

860k and a 290 with overclocking headroom on both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM GAMING Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($90.94 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $709.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 00:55 EST-0500
You'll need to shave $90 off. The OP also needs a copy of Windows to fit in that budget.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK EreBoss 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 290 4GB IceQ X² Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($15.74 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $780.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 07:57 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7yQRRB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7yQRRB/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 280 3GB royalKing Video Card ($157.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $689.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 08:00 EST-0500
 

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I quite like this one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $703.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 08:23 EST-0500

I decided to get rid of the DVD writer as most people won't need it, and it meant I wasn't too over budget! (you can always borrow someone elses if you need to use it to install the OS) I also chose to solely use a SSD for storage, however I would advise adding a 1 or 2TB WD green or blue later on down the line for storage of music and games. And again same for a CPU cooler just for now use the stoch one and get a bang for budget H212+/evo when you can. If you're a student and can use dreamspark this will save $90 and I would use this money to make the GPU a 290, again this will be pushing the budget a tad but would be worth it in the long run. Alternatively windows 10 preview is currently free... and probably will continue to be so for at least a few months, if you'll be able to afford windows 10 by the time it releases then I would do this and as above get a R9 290. Hope this helps.

EDIT Just realized that getting the SPEC-01(?) instead of the 200r will keep you near enough under budget!
 

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You'll need to shave $90 off. The OP also needs a copy of Windows to fit in that budget.
I'm of a mind to allow the builder to source his own OS.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK EreBoss 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 290 4GB IceQ X² Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($15.74 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $780.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 07:57 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7yQRRB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7yQRRB/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($132.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 280 3GB royalKing Video Card ($157.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $689.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 08:00 EST-0500
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Originally Posted by KaffieneKing View Post

I quite like this one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $703.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-15 08:23 EST-0500

I decided to get rid of the DVD writer as most people won't need it, and it meant I wasn't too over budget! (you can always borrow someone elses if you need to use it to install the OS) I also chose to solely use a SSD for storage, however I would advise adding a 1 or 2TB WD green or blue later on down the line for storage of music and games. And again same for a CPU cooler just for now use the stoch one and get a bang for budget H212+/evo when you can. If you're a student and can use dreamspark this will save $90 and I would use this money to make the GPU a 290, again this will be pushing the budget a tad but would be worth it in the long run. Alternatively windows 10 preview is currently free... and probably will continue to be so for at least a few months, if you'll be able to afford windows 10 by the time it releases then I would do this and as above get a R9 290. Hope this helps.

EDIT Just realized that getting the SPEC-01(?) instead of the 200r will keep you near enough under budget!
Pontiac's second build or Kaffiene's build would be my choices given the budget. You could always take the best of both, mix and match.
 

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YfCrLk

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 280 3GB royalKing Video Card ($157.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $683.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
 
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