=$585.22 - Cheapest I could get it without making it total suck.
This is a build for a friend. I have experience with assembling PCs, but not much with choosing parts. I've done a good share of research, so I have a very good idea on what to do and look for. We live in California so I'm trying to cut the price back to $560 so the tax evens out to $600. I've tried using PCPartPicker but a lot of the prices were off and it's no longer loading (just me?).
We'll be playing games like TF2, L4D2, and occasional CoD. He's not a heavy gamer, so nothing too hardcore. Would giving him my old GTS 250 be a good idea? It ran really hot @ 60*c+ idle with a good circulated case. I think it's a dying GPU.
Decent build for the budget. I'd suggest a few changes/improvements.
Go for the Intel Sandy Bridge G850. It performs on par with a X4 840 and costs just $85. Get an ASRock H61 board to go with it. Also, the X3 720 does not come with heatsink + fan, so you'll need to buy one.
You could try looking for a PSU + case combo for around $60 that would be on par with what you chose.
I'll think about that PSU+Case combo, but no can do with that processor and mobo upgrade. I've got a pretty tight budget and can't quite afford even a $30 increase. I'm kind of sketchy of that combo due to the reviews.