One of my Coworker's Son wanted a gaming computer for his birthday. They originally had a budget of $500 but only wanted new parts and it had to be able to last at least a few years. After talking with the son for a little while i figured out what he was coming from and what he wanted to do with it. He wanted to play source engine games, rocket league, and similar games. I was able to get him a keyboard and mouse for free, along with a windows 8.1 pro licence courtesy of Microsoft Dreamspark.
For the processor, motherboard, and RAM. I was originally going to go with an i3 and less RAM, but he said that his (13yr old -_-) friend said he should get at least an i5 (which i totally agree) but it drives the price up, which I wasn't trying to do. They said that it would be okay to bring the price up a little bit.... and Ta-Da magic happens.
I wanted to keep the machine fast, so i stuck with the Kingston SSD, i have used these in a few places before and i like their performance. So i dropped in one of those for OS and Programs, and then the WD Blue for files and games.
He wanted to continue using his 20" 1600x900 monitor so i figured I would stick with a 960 because its fairly cheap and pretty power efficient. I know that there were other options but I wanted to keep him current gen in this case.
As for case he said he didn't want anything too fancy... so I went straight for the all famous king for making black boxes, Fractal Design.... Just this time he wanted silver.
So far he is very pleased with the computer. If he ever needs any upgrades I will help him with that.
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