(Same thing here, but already has a PSU and Ram. Probably going to go with the same CPU/GPU/Mobo noted above.)
*300-400 Price Range*
If anybody has any opinions on any parts or any suggestions please share, It's harder to shop for a couple friends when they don't really know what they want other than, they want it faster than their current PC's and would like to run newer games..
Yeah I can use other websites other than Newegg.. Neweggs been a favorite of mine for awhile haven't really gone off that path other than going to Micro Center every now and again.. I forgot to state in those price ranges that includes a case.. They don't want any special case just like a $60 case they will pick out.. Now I have a question on the CPU changing over to Intel, I'm an Intel Fanboy and probably always will be, but since it's not my computer and they wanted to save money I went with an AMD CPU and Card since the new APU's and Discrete cards work together now.. Should I just stick with that or would it be smart to get ahead and run with an i3..
For friend #2, I would check on the PSU ad RAM to make sure it is definitely compatible. I threw a cooler in there because you can OC the heck out of these 965s. They will like the quad-core for games that utilize it too.
Sorry forgot the second part, I can't remember what ram my friend has, I know it's 4x4GB DDR3 1333 Speed, and the PSW I haven't been over to their house to look at that yet but i'm sure it's enough power just gotta check connectors..
The i3 is a capable gaming processor but there's nothing wrong with an AMD build. It's just that there's no point in getting an APU when you are getting a discrete graphics card; just get a CPU instead. cball1311 has a good AMD build for them. This is as low as I can get it without downgrading to an Intel Pentium which isn't a bad processor either or the GTX 650 Ti.