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Feedback on build for a friend

By Jad Chaar
Jun 20, 2015
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  1. Hello TS! I have come here today because I am looking for feedback on a budget build for my friend. His price range is preferably $600-700 but he can go as high as $800ish. This is what I have put together so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9R7gcf

    I originally went with a 250GB SSD and 8GB of RAM but he thought it was too little (I was thinking external HDD+250GB). Also what is the consensus here about an i3 versus the 860K? I am thinking the quad core is better over the dual core. Also, should the cost savings from the above questions be translated to a better GPU? Finally, I read online that a 450W PSU wasn't gonna cut it so I upped it to a 750W (same price as 650W after rebate)?

    Thanks for the help in advance!

    He will be primarily playing DOTA 2 (eSports) and CS:GO (leisure).

    Edit/Note: I will also be posting this on Tom's Hardware to get as many opinions as possible, so don't be offended :)D) if you see it on there!
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    First I have built a nice system using that board; it was great to work with. Newegg.com has this motherboard and that cpu as a special combo for $133.00.

    Second, if that is all he is doing with his system that AMD cpu will do him just fine. i3 is an Intel cpu and when using Intel the unwritten rule is that the i5 quad core is the sweet spot for gaming. But, again, that AMD is quite fine.

    Why 16 gigs of RAM? If he was doing video rendering or using intense graphic software I could see it but 8 gigs is very good for gaming. Save money and get only 8 gigs.

    Corsair makes great power supplies; good choice.

    I really don't know that gpu but from the specs and for what he is doing, again, it will do everything he needs.

    I don't know that case. With that motherboard I used the Cooler Master HAF 912. Good room, well built, and plenty of air flow especially with an AMD because they can run hot. You may want to get some extra case fans. Also, perhaps an aftermarket cooler.
     
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,477   +965

    Alright, awesome! Thanks Route44!
     

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