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July 29, 2014 8:01:00 AM

This is the build, what my friend came up with, any suggestions or improvement will be great to know any improvement or suggestions...

Note: He prefers only Intel, no AMD. Total budget $700... Purpose - Everyday computing and playing games like Fifa13/14, NFS HP2010, BF3/4, Assasin Creed III/IV, Far Cry..etc.

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper B5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($82.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $663.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
July 29, 2014 8:02:16 AM

partpicker link?
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July 29, 2014 8:22:30 AM

Nice build, some tweaks to consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($117.46 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $676.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 11:19 EDT-0400

Almost identical CPU but $20 cheaper
Cheaper mobo
8gb ram instead of 4, 8 is needed these days
Better graphics card
Better power supply

comments welcome

Please note this is the same price as your build but the dvd drive and monitor have gone up in price
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July 29, 2014 8:47:14 AM

LucoTF said:
Nice build, some tweaks to consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($117.46 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $676.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-29 11:19 EDT-0400

Almost identical CPU but $20 cheaper
Cheaper mobo
8gb ram instead of 4, 8 is needed these days
Better graphics card
Better power supply

comments welcome

Please note this is the same price as your build but the dvd drive and monitor have gone up in price


I have one more question, its more like from my friend. Will the nextgen games have any effect on the above system as it's only 2Cores. I meant is more cores going to be helpful?
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July 29, 2014 8:58:40 AM

It's 2 cores with hyperthreading and can play games just fine, but yes newer games are certainly starting to use more cores and use them well. An i5-4440 is just $40 more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54440

But for a fairly moderate card like a 260x or 270 the i3 is just fine and wouldn't bottleneck, which is why I pushed up the graphics and ram, not the processor :) 
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