Budget PC Build - Need Assistance

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ElectronGTR
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Hello guys, I am planning to buy/build a new budget build for a family friend. He wants a decent computer that would be able to handle games not necessarily on high settings, most important for him is going on the internet and being able to watch HD movies as well as bluray/3D movies.. I came up with this:

Case- Obsidian 650D(which he already has and is not counted towards the build itself)
CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $189.99
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - $49
Motherboad- this is where I need help finding a good cheap motherboard for at most $100
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive- $90
PSU - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE- $89
Optical - LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback-$54
GPU- EVGA GTX 550Ti - $114

All of this (without the motherboard) comes out to be - $586

Note: I am also open for AMD suggestions, just that I never built an AMD system therefore I don't even know where to look. As previously stated the system must be able to play current games obviously not on high settings, it must be able to show and present bluray/3D too, bottom line - THE CHEAPER, THE BETTER that of course without sacrificing quality/reliablity

Thanks!

david179057
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MSI Z68A-G43

and i would spend less on the psu and get a better video card

Asus P8P67 Deluxe : i7 2600k : Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 1600
Asus GTX 560 Direct Cu II OC : Corsair H100
Kingston Hyper X 3K 120 GB : WD Caviar Black 1 TB : Windows 7 Home Premium
OCZ ZT 750W PSU : CM 690 II

david179057
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you also need software to play blurays

ElectronGTR
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yes i know software is needed, this isn't the issue.

can anyone also recommend an AMD build?

david179057
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ElectronGTR
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thank you for your help, he decided he wants an i7 so I came up with the following spec:

ASRock Z68 Extreme3
Intel Core i7 2600K
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 650W
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

He also came up with the following monitor for his 3D experience Asus VG236H 23" Widescreen HD 3D Monitor

now question is - I think that an aftermarket CPU cooler is a must and am looking at the coolermaster V8 - Will it fit with the Corsair Vengeance in? because I know certain coolers are too big and do not allow "tall" memory to fit in.

ALSO is there a major difference between the 560 Ti and the 560? because the 560 is cheaper
Thanks

spawnkiller
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for the CPU cooler, unless if you're overclocking it or want a silent rig, the stock will be ok.
The "V8" have 38mm clearance on the lowest point so measure the ram and check if it's more or less... (can't say cause Vengeance is a large term, maybe some revision have taller heatsink on them)

For the 560 vs a 560ti, the 560ti win by maybe 10% (have a ASUS direct cuII 560 non-ti OC and @ 950mhz core it's pretty much a stock 560ti and you can play all games with a really decent resolution and detail (all games at max except BF3 without motion blur and 2x AA 1920*1080... you can check geforce.com for optimised settings to see all detailled games info if you want to be sure...)

http://www.geforce.com/optimize

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david179057
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try looking at the h60

arnaud
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the h60 or antec khuler h20 could be an option too ,watercooling without the fuss and it doesnt require a lot of space