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2 years ago#1
Not including monitor/mouse/KB, but including OS. Can anyone help me help him? Thanks in advance
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2 years ago#2
This is the build I would make if my budget was that low, but im not exactly sure how to fit Windows without sacrificing Intel.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fxBK23

I guess you could use this as a base.
2 years ago#3
I recommend G3258 over any i3 especially with Z97 mobo.
You can overclock to 4.5ghz and also it would save you $50.
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2 years ago#4
Cut down the above build a bit, Still doesnt have windows though. but i did manage to get it under $500

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b7r6pg

Edit: Might be able to get it lower if you Ditch the GPU and use a higher end APU from AMD.
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2 years ago#5
It cant be done. Tell your friend to save up like 300 more bucks and then he can get something decent.
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2 years ago#6
The best "help" he could get is to be told to up his budget by about $200.

$500 is going to get you in the door, but it's not going to get you in the VIP section.
2 years ago#7
Why does half of this site not understand how dollar signs work
2 years ago#8
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LJV7GX
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2 years ago#9
GoIrish80 posted...
The best "help" he could get is to be told to up his budget by about $200.

$500 is going to get you in the door, but it's not going to get you in the VIP section.


Very much this.
$500 is the bare minimum I'd spend and you're still going to be making sacrifices on the most important items and will require more drastic and expensive upgrades much sooner.

$700 will get you good quality components that will last you for years and will likely only require a GPU upgrade a couple year down the road to keep it going longer.
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2 years ago#10
With such a tight budget, don't waste $100+ on an operating system.
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