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$600-$1000 Budget-Gaming Rig For a Newbie

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April 21, 2010 8:07:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 1-3 months from April 21 2010.

BUDGET RANGE: ($600-$1000) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Smooth Gaming on high settings(WoW/d3/sc2/FFxiv), surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse(mx518), speakers(Creative labs "inspire" T5400).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com is the only site i know of.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to avoid any overheating issues. Most energy efficient... if possible? Don't want electric bill to skyrocket.

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC if possible but no big deal. Very interested in little things like dust filter, power outlets, router if anyone wants to include suggestions for such. Can go over a little over $1000 considering I do have to buy a monitor.

Thank you all, I will be working my ass off so I can afford this.

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April 21, 2010 8:24:15 PM

Do you need an OS in that $1,000? If not, here's a good build:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5850 $300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $992

Or here's a budget build:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5770 $260
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $837. You'll want to add another HD 5770 to get the best gaming performance in the newer games.
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April 21, 2010 9:15:19 PM

Ah yes I will need to get an OS. I heard good things about Windows7 but not sure what to use.
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April 21, 2010 9:29:47 PM

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