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Old September 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
Kingsix Kingsix is offline
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This is just a quick run up using pcpartpicker and by no means did I completely research how good a lot of this is compared to your build. But its an Intel chip with an Nvidia GPU
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Micro ATX LGA1155 $89.99
Memory G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 $33.49
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM $56.61
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB $84.99
Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower $29.88
Power Supply Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V $29.88
Keyboard Logitech K120 $11.02
Mouse Logitech M100 Wired Optical $9.99
Total: 565.84

Or if you like AMD GPUs
MSI R7750-PMD1GD5/OC - Radeon 7750 1GB for $92.15

Its more costly than your build seeing as it still needs a monitor

I understand that you care about hardware, so put some power in there and give him a black box. And just looking at Kijiji here in Edmonton quick I don't think it would be hard to find a decent LCD monitor for under $50 if you keep your eyes open for a deal and whiddle the price down a bit.
Anyway, just wanted to post it up for another type of option for you. Good luck. No matter what you build I am sure the young man will be EXTREMELY happy.
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