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I can spend on the little brat 950 dollars. I already have the following items. SSD 128GB. HD2TB. Tower full size. CD drive. Windows7Pro. Keyboard&Mouse.Monitor. What I need help with is getting him the best build for 950 dollars that can run most games at 60 fps stable.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($110.70 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $470.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 21:10 EDT-0400)

+$480 to play with for whatever your preferred GPU is. (770, 290, maybe a 780)
Overkill? Probably if it's a kid. I always try to get as close to the target budget as possible though.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lufB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lufB/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lufB/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $952.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 18:00 EDT-0400)
This rig is so insanely imbalanced and wasting so much money........

Give me a few minutes to fix it.

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Assuming the little guy isn't going to be overclocking.....

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-03 19:44 EDT-0400)

If he does want to OC swap out the CPU for the K variant, and add an air cooler and he should be able to hit nice OC. If he isn't going to OC, use the factory cooler, the one from Intel puts off very little noise and works surprisingly well.

There is also absolutely no need for a 4GB 770, the card itself isn't capable of handling a load that would require 4GB of VRAM. The extra VRAM on the card is just a marketing ploy to get buyers to pay close to an extra $100, because they think the extra VRAM makes it faster.
 

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Derp, didnt even notice i grabbed the 4GB. Got lazy and partially copy\pasted from something else. I was going under the idea that if big bro was building the PC he could probably set up a moderate overclock on it too, but yeah the Hero is overkill. Reworked it to something slightly more sensible.
 
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