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Ok, so heres the deal. My friend just sold his old laptop to get a better one. He has around $650 to spend but he doesn't have monitors, keyboards or mice. He can either get/build a desktop that has to include a monitor, peripherals, and 7% tax for under 650. Or, he can get this laptop for $600 that comes out to $642 after tax.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314383&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=7102866&SID=skim38974X1002134X172e9474fe5a7ee1009523f361188fa6

He will be playing Minecraft mostly but wants to be able to play TF2, CS:GO, and Titanfall as well. He is not a graphics freak, he just wants to play them. What should he do?
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  1. for a similar price, this system would have about 3 times the gaming performance of that laptop:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $597.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. ps3hacker12 said:
    for a similar price, this system would have about 3 times the gaming performance of that laptop:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $597.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    No optical drive needed, but the 650 needs to include a monitor and 7% tax.
  3. Best answer
    How's this? :
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.00 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.49 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell S2240M 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $608.42
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    $651 after 7% tax (damn you americans and not putting tax in your prices to start with :p )
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