Any specific titles he wants to play? Might be worth seeing just what sort of processor/gpu balance he's looking for, given we're trying to cut corners. If he's not cutting RAM to 4GB, then he might have to cut the CPU/GPU, which are both more important at this level. --- The best course of action is to just get the information you need, then get out while you're still alive. - destroy everything on GameFAQs
Might be a good idea giving us the site he's buying from, so we can at least see what components are available there and what they cost
A 550w isn't necessary for that system. Corsair's CX series have gotten good critics for budget PSUs.
Long term, I'd definitely skimp on the video card in favor for a better CPU. Going with an i3 instead of i5 will probably be a limiting factor in the future if he wants to upgrade his video card. --- Super Mario Kart is the single best Mario Kart ever!
Honestly, you hit that perfect price/performance spot. If you downgrade from an i5 to i3 it will be a huge performance hit. 8gb to 4gb will not be good, either now and especially down the road. The gpu... the HD7770 is the best for that price. Going under will limit gaming performance quite substantially. If you can skimp out on stuff like case/psu, it might be better. Even if you have to convince your friend to skip the build for a month, I honestly don't recommend going any lower. --- #1 LoL Poster NA: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/954437-league-of-legends/63627116
i5-4430 H81 motherboard 8GB RAM HD 7770 1TB 7200 RPM HDD Corsair 430w PSU An inexpensive mid tower case
+ An optical drive if required
.....would make a decent budget build imo. I wouldn't skimp on the CPU. That 4430 is a good workhorse. RAM..... if you do get a micro-ATX motherbaord, you'll have to decide if you want to go with 2 x 4GB DIMMs, or 1 x 8GB DIMM.