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Building my friend a new PC for gaming/surfing the web $450

Last response: in Systems
April 26, 2014 11:00:42 AM

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

Budget Range: $450 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Seattle

Parts Preferences: Either is fine, but he is looking for the best bang for his buck

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: He is looking to play some games like TF2, Dota 2, and Diablo 3.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: His PC recently died, so he is looking to start from the ground up.

Any help on some build ideas would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
April 26, 2014 11:08:31 AM

The best I could do for a build including an OS:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($67.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 14:08 EDT-0400)