I'm building a budget gaming system for friend. The target is 500$ (CAD). Right now I'm a little bit over the budget.
At first he told me I will be able to recover parts from his current computer to save money, but there is nothing good (IDE HDD, AGP Card, DDR1...)
Here is the spec :
Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core 64.99$
MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 99.99$
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 44.58$
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 69.99$
Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower 49.79$
Antec High Current Gamer 520W 69.99$
LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer 17.06$
Gigabyte Windforce 2X 6850HD OC 100$ (My old graphic card, I'll get a Tahiti LE 7870 to replace it)
Sub Total 516,39$
If I can bring down the price to 550$, I'll just let him my graphic card for 50$. Any suggestion???
Here you go. He will be much more pleased with an i5 over a Pentium. Looks like you will have to give him your GPU because he is not going to beat that price. The 6850 is better than the 7770 and that's $129. He can always upgrade the GPU to a better one when the prices drop when the next generation of cards come out.
He will be much more pleased with an i3 over a Pentium
First of all, thank you for the reply.
This Pentium is a Sandy Bridge dual core, you really think there will be big difference between that and a i3? In fact I was leading toward the i3 until a looked at Tom's December Best Gaming CPU for the money and the G860 was ranked best CPU under 100$. Tom's says it is on par with a Phenom II 955 for gaming, which was my CPU in my previous computer and still a good CPU for mid gaming rig. So I think I gonna stick with the G860 for now.
For the motherboard, don't think I want to go with that one for future upgrades, but I changed for a MSI H77MA-G43 at 84.99$.
I switch RAM to the one you recommended, easy 5 buck.
This power supply have mitigate reviews, so I'll keep the Antec PSU.
20$ lower than previous build, It's going in the right direction!
SATA 6GB is only a concern if you want to install an SSD since spindle HDDs can't even utilize speeds of SATA 3GB. You have 1 SATAIII on the B75, so your good to go on SSD in the future. Sure, go for the 3350P if it is less. You gave a budget of $500 and I gave you $450, so even if you go with the Antec PSU, you are looking a $470.