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berty6294

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My friend had asked me to build him a gaming PC for under $650, so I took it as a challenge.

I came up with ...

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
Item #:N82E16832416552
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$139.99

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CyberLink PowerDVD 12 Standard
Item #:N82E16832117022
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$49.99
$19.99

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Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822148767
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$59.99

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$39.99
$38.99

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Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Dual-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116775
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$129.99

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NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811146061
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99
$29.99

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COOLER MASTER i600 RS600-ACAAB1-US 600W Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Item #:N82E16817171083
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99
$54.99

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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$19.99
$18.99

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ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157304
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$84.99

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MSI GeForce GT 640 N640GT-MD1GD3 Video Card
Item #:N82E16814127686
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$79.99

Grand Total:$637.91


(PowerDVD comes with Windows 8, I would never buy it lol)

Can you do better? I'm trying my best for him, any suggestions are welcome!
 
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berty6294

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Bigger power supply 600 watt and go with 4GB on RAM on 2 sticks.

4GB total or 4GB each? and yeah ive been looking for more power, but im trying to keep it budget.. ill keep looking.

Is it bad to choose i3? ive got an ivy bridge i5 in one of my PCs and its nice, but idk if the i3 is going to be a big difference..

EDIT: I updated the list, this good you think?
 

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4GB total or 4GB each? and yeah ive been looking for more power, but im trying to keep it budget.. ill keep looking.

Is it bad to choose i3? ive got an ivy bridge i5 in one of my PCs and its nice, but idk if the i3 is going to be a big difference..

4GB total should be fine unless he's a gamer, then I'd go with 8GB on two sticks. I normally go with Corsair or Kingston, but I've read good things about G Skill
Power supply, something like this: SeaSonic SS-660XP2 660W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

The i3 is low end. I have an i7, but you're dealing with a budget.
 

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Oh I would love for him to have an i7! That Seasonic PS might break budget a bit. I think I have to ask him to increase his budget for this...
 

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New Egg has some awesome DIY builds.

Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z77-V LK Z77 Motherboard, Intel Core i5-3570 Quad-Core Processor, G.Skill DDR3 16GB Memory, Seagate 2TB HDD, Rosewill ATX Mid Tower w/500W PSU, Rosewill CPU Cooler SuperCombo, Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

That's a good deal for sure. I just don't know enough about Rosewill. Are their cases flimsy so cards pop out when you lift it? On board video would be ok if he's not gaming.
 

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That's a good deal for sure. I just don't know enough about Rosewill. Are their cases flimsy so cards pop out when you lift it? On board video would be ok if he's not gaming.

That's a great point about the casing. Not too sure. You might have to increase the budget or you'll end up gutting it sooner than investing a bit more now.
 

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that's a wicked deal!! I might just do that! (although no OS included :( )


ive never been a fan of Rosewill, I typically avoid them tbh but this isn't my PC so mehhh. If I don't like it when I get it, ill send it back
 

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That's a good deal for sure. I just don't know enough about Rosewill. Are their cases flimsy so cards pop out when you lift it? On board video would be ok if he's not gaming.

I've got a Rosewill Blackhawk myself (Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock - Retail - Newegg.com). It's a great case, with 6 USB ports (4 2.0, 2 3.0) in the front, 5 fans (2 front, 1 each top, left, and rear; mount for a right-side fans, if you want), and there is some nice cable management stuff going on in there (allows you to tuck the cables into the right side of the case to run them to things like the DVD drive and the HDD). I can't speak for the brand as a whole, but the Blackhawk's awesome.
 

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