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~$800 i5 gaming computer

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August 17, 2010 7:00:40 AM

Been a while since I upgraded my comp, and since I started playing SC2 I thought now is a better time than ever to build a new rig.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week hopefully

BUDGET RANGE: ~800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (sc2 mainly), videos, and general school stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HD, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: although I am in Cali and if there is a better place to buy without tax I am open to it


PARTS PREFERENCES: i5 and a gtx 460


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mainly looking to see if what I have picked out so far is compatible/optimal, of if there are better deals to be had

So far I have:

PSU + Case = 115

CPU + GPU = 398

RAM + MB = 228

+ tax and shipping = 814

I am mainly wondering if there is a better PSU, I am not too attached to the case so i can break up that combo.

I was thinking if i get this case

Cooler Master 690 - 50

I could go for one of these PSU's:

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 -50

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - 70

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - 80

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 50

Thanks in advance for the help guys.

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August 17, 2010 9:42:03 AM

1. Lose the PSU/Case combo.

If you want to SLI in the future, go with the Antec 600/650. If you wanna save some money, go with the OCZ - more features per dollar.

2. The rest of your system looks pretty kick-a$$. I tried long & hard to find any serious flaws with your system. Couldn't find any.

I wouldn't bother 'bout tinkering with it too much. That CPU + GPU is one of the best in the market today. So stick with 'em.

3. Good RAM. Good Mobo.
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August 17, 2010 9:52:15 PM

I think I am going to get this. Thanks guys for looking over my build

Found this

I also found the i5 at microcenter for 185 including tax so that brings down the cost enough to upgrade to the gtx 460 1gb.
August 18, 2010 4:23:05 PM

I tried using that code you gave me but I couldn't get it to work, so I assumed it expired already... Can you still get it to work?
August 18, 2010 4:24:30 PM

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