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May 29, 2013 9:59:34 AM

Hello everyone! I am going to be building a PC for a friend just getting into PC Gaming, and he's looking for something cheap but that can also play the latest games at decent settings/framerates. Maybe something around $500ish.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably next week or so.

Budget Range: 500ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual Gaming/General Use

Are you buying a monitor: No (have a 1080p already)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon/Newegg

Parts Preferences: None although I am very familiar with Nvidia/Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Just a casual gaming PC. Doesn't have to run everything at max settings. Mediumish settings at 30fps+ is good.

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May 29, 2013 10:05:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Intel DZ68DB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $546.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:05 EDT-0400)

This ought to be near-perfect.
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May 29, 2013 10:14:13 AM

X79 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Intel DZ68DB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $546.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:05 EDT-0400)

This ought to be near-perfect.

Perfect, I say. However, I think that the 660 may be a bit of an over-kill, since all he is gonna do is casual gaming. Its just my opinion though.
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May 29, 2013 10:17:57 AM

You'd be right. It's just that it could last a long time.

Here bro:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:17 EDT-0400)
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May 29, 2013 10:19:15 AM

In fact, lowering the PSU a bit will let you go below 500!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $486.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:18 EDT-0400)
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May 29, 2013 10:22:40 AM

X79 said:
In fact, lowering the PSU a bit will let you go below 500!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $486.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:18 EDT-0400)

I doubt you can do better than that, to be honest.
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May 29, 2013 10:28:16 AM

Challenge accepted:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $407.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:25 EDT-0400)

Hahaha.

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May 29, 2013 10:37:11 AM

X79 said:
Challenge accepted:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $407.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:25 EDT-0400)

Hahaha.



You know what? I can't be bothered to beat you (I think:pt1cable: )



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May 29, 2013 10:44:06 AM

Well it should fit the bill ^^

If your friend is going to play something like Battlefield, get the i5.
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May 29, 2013 12:05:50 PM

Thanks for the help guys! I think I'll switch some parts here and there (maybe an i5 like you said), but everything looks great!
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May 29, 2013 12:06:55 PM

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Welcome.

You should also go for 2x4 GB RAM, resulting in 8GB. Then it's dual channel and that performs

better than just 1 stick.

Enjoy.
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May 30, 2013 7:16:03 AM

X79 said:
You'd be right. It's just that it could last a long time.

Here bro:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 13:17 EDT-0400)


I think this one is best. And it will make him happy because he could max out most games.
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