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August 14, 2010 7:54:10 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $700 after Rebabtes

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly for gaming such as SC2 and maybe D3, will probably use to surf web and watch movies as well.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have an OS, Mouse, Keyboard, and Monitor. All I want to build is the tower.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is pretty Reliable

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America

PARTS PREFERENCES: No specific brand

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

My first time building a PC and would like some advice whether or not this looks like a good build and what improvements I should make.


Core i7 930 = $199.99

Samsung DVD Drive/Burner + BIOSTAR H55 HD LGA 1156 Motherboard =$84.98

OCZ 4GB Ram (2x 2GB) DDR3 1600 + SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire Compatible = $191.98 After Rebate

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 = $84.98 After Rebate

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case = $34.99 After Rebabte

Total Cost = $596.92 Before taxes and after rebates
August 15, 2010 11:52:56 AM

Man, I know you're trying to go with the i7-930 for $200 thing, but the lowest priced build I could get including that CPU (excluding s&h/rebates) was at a price of $845.92. Here's the stuff:


Motherboard ($189.99):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM ($149.99):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card ($149.99):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD ($55.99):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU ($79.98):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Optical Drive ($19.99):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This is the best I could do for you using newegg and basing everything off the i7-930. Others can feel free to try, but I don't think anybody's going to be shaving $145.92 off an already i7-930 budget build. Oh, and I definitely made sure that the RAM is 100% compatible with the motherboard, so you won't have to worry about that.

I think if you really need this build in the near future, go with batuchka's build, but if you can wait it out (maybe buy the i7-930 now, but save up some money) I'd recommend you scratch everything I listed above and maybe spend a total of at least $1000 on the build.
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