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Helping friend build his first Gaming PC. Need advice

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October 22, 2013 11:09:24 AM

I'm trying to help a friend build his first desktop. His spending limit is $900. How much should we spend on each part, or what recommendations would you give us as far as specific brands/models are concerned?
Newegg is what I'm used to, but he wants to go to this tech shop (Fry's) that's a few hours away. Apparently they'll match any other price on any other website, so (supposedly) we can get good deals there.
a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2013 11:16:42 AM

And what is the primary use of this desktop?
October 22, 2013 12:27:20 PM

ksham said:
And what is the primary use of this desktop?


I should've specified, it's intended to be a gaming PC.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2013 3:27:28 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.51 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $894.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 3:00:02 AM

+1 ksham
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