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$550 Gaming PC - Have Case, HDD, Optical Drive and OS

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October 29, 2010 5:37:23 PM

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Approximate Purchase Date: Early next week, possible some this weekend, thought I cannot afford everything till next week

Budget Range: $600 or less after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Browsing, Watching movies

Parts Not Required: Don't need case, hard drive,optical drive, operating system, or peripherals

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: prefer newegg.com but open to suggestions

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU and ATI/AMD graphics card

Overclocking: Yes, sometime in the future(CPU Only)

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, but possible in the future. would be a long ways off though

Monitor Resolution: 1280x720 as of now but 1920x1080 or so once I buy a new monitor in the future

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Right now I have these parts picked out. Let me know what you guys think.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM +
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still relatively undecided on the motherboard but I was thinking maybe something along the lines of this combo deal with the mobo and processor.

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard + AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This build above comes out to be $593

If you guys think the memory+psu combo is a good one for this build let me know, because the 15% off for the psu ends this sunday.

Also, the operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and the case is the Cooler Master HAF 932
October 29, 2010 5:51:30 PM

The parts you picked out look great. I wouldn't change a thing.

The combo seems like a great deal as well but when I was trying to look at it it was no longer available.
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October 29, 2010 6:09:47 PM

Which combo deal? They both still show that they are available to me?
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October 29, 2010 6:17:40 PM

Nevermind, I checked again and they both work. I was probably copying the link wrong. I'm posting from behind the firewall at work and they don't allow hotlinking so I have to copy the link and paste it in a new tab.
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October 30, 2010 11:24:30 PM

Also, the main game that will be played is WoW, followed by a little bit of Starcraft 2. I'm not sure if that affects any of your ideas you had for the build, but just thought I'd put that out there.
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November 1, 2010 4:16:13 PM

Well, all the previous combos I was looking at are gone now. Anyone have any suggestions on what parts and/or combo deals to choose to keep this as close to $600 with the best parts available?
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November 1, 2010 5:31:02 PM

Wait a little, they're resetting the combos at the start of each month and most of those will be back in a few days.
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November 1, 2010 10:34:26 PM

Ok, my budget has just been cut down to $550. That includes tax and shipping (tax because I live in California). Which area is going to be the best to shave off in to be able to fit in the budget?
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November 2, 2010 3:13:12 AM

No area, just find the same parts from tigerdirect.com and don't worry about tax.
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November 2, 2010 3:31:23 AM
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