A couple budget builds..

A couple of my friends who I've been gaming with want to upgrade their older systems.. I have some extra CD Drives, Hard Drives, and other stuff, but mainly they just need the following..

Friend #1
(These are what I picked out, if anybody has any opinions please share. First build has a price range of 400-450)

Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 FM1.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130641
CPU:AMD A8-3870k Llano 3.0GHz.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
GPU:HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 Ghz.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402
RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8gb (2 x 4GB).. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
PSU:RAIDMAX HYBRID 2RX 530W.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

Friend #2
(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..
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  1. Hi. Do they mind buying from other websites other than Newegg? What RAM and PSU does Friend #2 have? Here's a build that will give better performance. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $435.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 19:41 EST-0500)
  2. 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..
  3. Friend #1 and #2 (of course, minus PSU and RAM, if need be):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.12 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $463.04
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 20:01 EST-0500)

    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.
  4. 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..
  5. Just make sure that it is a reliable brand if it has enough power. You don't want a failing PSU to take out the entire rig.
  6. 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.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $416.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 20:16 EST-0500)
  7. Yeah I know what you mean.. Do you have any other Video Card options? Just in case he wants to reduce his price range?
  8. The GTX 650 Ti is the next step down but try not to pay too much for it to the point that it's more sensible to just pay a little more for the HD 7850.
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