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Old December 30, 2012, 11:14 PM
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The Q8400 is a bit outdated at this point, but for casual gaming and basic use it will work. I still have a Q6600 running in my spare rig and I haven't run into any problems with it. And, he can always upgrade to like an i5 3300 and sub $100 mobo later if he needs more performance, sata 3 or usb3. Assuming he has peripherals, monitor and an os?


If it were me and keeping it to $600 I wouldn't be dead set on the exact components I'd shop the sales and pricematch what I can, but it might look something like this:


Prices from NCIX 30-Dec-2012

Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600......36.99
Antec Basiq VP450 450W Power Supply........................44.99
Samsung 840 Series 120GB........................................118.9 9
Corsair Vengeance Series C70....................................89.99 (or HAF912, P280 , carbide 200 or whatever he likes for ~100)
MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC Twin Frozr III........................199.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB.................................69.99

=$561

Plus shipping and maybe he wants a few fans or lights.

I don't see any good card/game bundles right now. Too bad because I bought a 650 a month ago for $99.99 and it came with Nexusz, Shogun 2, Dirt showdown and Assassin's creed 3.
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