Building a computer on a $1200 budget?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of the month

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: An all around build but mainly for gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Reusing a monitor (1280x720). I’d like to focus on just the tower so everything else like mouse, speakers, etc... is out. No need to suggest them unless it’s a really great deal.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is fine with me. As long as shipping isn’t ridiculous. I’m in US btw.

PARTS PREFERENCES: MoBo- Gigabyte, Case- Antec, and Graphics Card- ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I’m not building this for myself, it’s for my cousin. This is actually my second time building a computer so I’m still a novice at this :o but I knew she could get a better one if we did it this way. She insists on keeping her monitor (don’t ask why).

Here are a few links of things I’ve been looking at:

Intel Core i7:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.419384

Motherboard/OS:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.395236

Case/Power Supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410717

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410715

CD/DVD Burner:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

Memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

None of these are set in stone btw.

Thank you for your time!
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  1. Couple of Recommendations:

    1) Just get the i5-750! The i7-875K really isn't worth it... IMO

    2) Get this PSU / Case Combo from what you listed... It is more than you need but is a great deal after all of the rebates!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410717

    3) Switch your RAM to this for $2 more (better timings!!)...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    4) Since you don't list a GPU, I would recommend this one since the monitor resolution is so low!!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

    5) Your MOBO, DVD and OS are good choices.
  2. Thank you. Still waiting for more suggestions.
  3. Bump?
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