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New Gaming PC Build for ~700 (Without tax)

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April 6, 2013 5:44:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Will be over time, but I must have them all before my birthday, May 15th.
Budget Range: $700, without tax, Dad'll be paying that.(Less is better though)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming at 1080p, secondary monitor at 1280x1024(Web browsing), internet, SFM, occasional heavy video editing(Once a year), occasional VMware, and movies.

Are you buying a monitor: Nope.avi


Parts to Upgrade: Re-using: 2 HDD's that are running out of space, a DVD-Drive.

Do you need to buy OS: Nope.avi

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter.

Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA. I am wiling to drive to Microcenter every weekend. It's only about 30 minutes away.
Parts Preferences: AMD, AMD, AMD. Don't even try to switch to Intel or nVIDIA without a good argument. Thermaltake for the case is also a mandatory thing. (Also, 16GB of RAM is NEEDED because I like to use VMware here and there.)

Overclocking: Maybe, but I'll get a cooler later when it comes to it.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p, with a second at 1280x1024
Additional Comments: Games, games and games. This needs to last for 3 years.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current rig should explain everything:
Core 2 Duo E8200
32-bit Win-8 Pro, 4 gigs ddr2 @800 mHZ
3TB of storage, which is around 700GB free now
HD 7770 (Life support for my old 4650)(Will use in my Phenom 840 rig in my second home.)

Asus HD 7850:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/406095/HD7850-DC-1GD...

Barracuda 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/383892/Barracuda_2TB...

Processor+Mobo(Bundle of the 8320 + Asrock Mobo)
http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as...

PSU: Undecided, needs to be <60$ and be 600-650w at the very least.

Thermaltake Commande MS-I: (Will NOT budge unless you show me a GOD of a case for the same price with USB 3.0)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/383014/Commander_MS-...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB(2x8) @1866 mhz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total(Without PSU): ~610$

So, come at me.

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April 6, 2013 6:03:36 PM

The system you gave looks pretty solid for the budget and system uses you gave. What's the need for a 600-650W power supply? 600w should be PLENTY for the given system. Especially since you simply said 'no' to SLI and crossfire.
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April 6, 2013 6:05:52 PM

chain220 said:
The system you gave looks pretty solid for the budget and system uses you gave. What's the need for a 600-650W power supply? 600w should be PLENTY for the given system. Especially since you simply said 'no' to SLI and crossfire.


Let's put it this way: I am as paranoid as you can get.
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April 7, 2013 8:49:52 AM

Alright, that's an understandable feeling. Honestly though with that system I'm gonna say 600w is seriously overkill. Even if you're overclocking. If you find a decently reliable one at that price, more power to you. I just feel like 550w would fit into your price range better and you would get reliable performance from it.
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