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Friend wants a very budget pc for light gaming $400

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January 16, 2014 10:36:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: Right in the $400 range before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (TF2, CS:S, WoW, LoL, Dota 2), browsing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Everything (except monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Location: Washington state, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD (more power for his money)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: He is looking for something that can play some games on now and is able to upgrade if he decides that he wants to play some more demanding games in the future.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: He is upgrading from a laptop that died on him.

Thanks for your time!

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January 16, 2014 10:10:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDqk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDqk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDqk/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Xigmatek Aeos ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $401.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 01:09 EST-0500)
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January 16, 2014 10:22:14 PM

If you can possibly squeeze an extra $20 out, this will provide much stronger performance. The g3220 is an underclocked i3 w/o hyper threading (irrelevant in gaming) and a 7750 will hit the spot for those games and will max them out.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDCJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDCJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CDCJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($62.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($33.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Xigmatek Aeos ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.99 @ B&H)
Total: $427.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-17 01:21 EST-0500)
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