Opinions on a budget PC

Pingypoker

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Already Own Case
Other: Already Own PSU
Other: Already Own Optical Drive
Total: $423.49
 
The 650Ti is not the card I would get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Already Own Case
Other: Already Own PSU
Other: Already Own Optical Drive
Total: $431.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 21:27 EST-0500)

I went for the Intel build so I would be able to fit a 7850 within your budget.
 

andrewcarr

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I doubt he'll need more than 8 GB for quite some time and instead of upgrading why not just pay that little bit more and get it to start. I do know he only has two slots (as I checked what speeds it supported) and don't think he'll have a need for 12 GB in the future. I think before that time would come he could be looking for another cheaper upgrade as he is now (except he'll have to replace even less parts).