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August 18, 2013 10:18:29 PM

Hi guys, I just recently built a PC thanks to this website, and now I would like to build one for me brother. It will be used for GAMING for the most part, and so I would like to hear what you guys come up with!

He has nothing to start off with, so everything is required.

Intel i5 processor and a 1920x1080 resolution monitor is all that is required in this 750$ build. THANK YOU ALL.
a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 10:40:04 PM

An i5 processor + a 1920x1080 monitor can't really go any lower than $300, just for those 2 parts. We're going to have to cut short on something if you really want an i5, and I wouldn't recommend it. Are you sure that you really want an i5, even if it means getting a bad GPU ?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 10:58:27 PM

Anyway here is what it would look like with an i5, maybe it looks good enough for your needs :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEjU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEjU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEjU/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $750.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 01:58 EDT-0400)
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August 18, 2013 10:58:34 PM

Seladon said:
An i5 processor + a 1920x1080 monitor can't really go any lower than $300, just for those 2 parts. We're going to have to cut short on something if you really want an i5, and I wouldn't recommend it. Are you sure that you really want an i5, even if it means getting a bad GPU ?


would you suggest an i3 then? or should i go with an AMD processor? I want to try to stick to Intel if possible but if AMD is more worth it I think i could try it out.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 10:59:26 PM

I would 100% go with AMD for that budget.
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August 18, 2013 11:11:10 PM

Seladon said:
I would 100% go with AMD for that budget.


Can you recommend an AMD build? Thanks
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 11:13:06 PM

This would be your AMD build :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $740.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 02:12 EDT-0400)
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August 18, 2013 11:16:04 PM

Seladon said:
This would be your AMD build :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tEwx/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $740.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-19 02:12 EDT-0400)


Looks like a nice build, but I think I'll just use the retail cooler as I still need Windows 7 OEM and a keyboard ):
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 11:21:09 PM

Alright, but then you won't really be able to overclock. But you can still buy it after.
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