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December 5, 2010 1:36:52 AM

Hello! I've finally decided to go ahead and build my own system, but unfortunately I don't exactly have infinite funds. I tried to keep my system under $1000 but the price has slowly risen to $1310 (with keyboard, mouse and operating system). Below is the system I plan on building. I would love help shaving as much money as possible off the system while still being able to run SC2 and Empire: Total War at maximum settings, as well as Crysis 2 as well as possible. This will be the first system I've built so I would love some tips as well as information on what else I will need and whether or not my parts will sync together. I Know that I'll need a screwdriver and an anti-static wrist band or mat and some adhesive but beyond that I have little idea. I'd also like to be able to get the system down to under 1200, including a monitor. Thanks again for your help everyone. P.S. I live in Canada and therefore need to use Canadian sites only (Newegg.ca, etc).

Budget Gaming PC:


CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX
= $195
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU:

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
HDMI 1.4a cable included

= $225

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
X 2 = 8G’s of ram
= $123


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Hard Drive:

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
= $135

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
= $75

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
= $110

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply:
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
= $80
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Motherboard:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
= $130

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Keyboard:

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
= $60

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Mouse:

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
= $53

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


OS:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

= $100

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683... Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
= $24

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total Price: $1310




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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$56.49 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...



CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 USD Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$99.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...




GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128435
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo $259.98
$224.98 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...



SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $17.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
Item #: N82E16824236100
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card24-236-100
$189.99
$169.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


XFX HD-685X-ZNBC Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150512
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$219.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823126096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan $15.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82


Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse
Item #: N82E16826104178
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$52.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231278
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$76.49 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$149.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 USD Mail-in Rebate35-103-065
$59.99
$29.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Grand Total:* $1,184.87

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December 6, 2010 3:20:19 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MOBO+OS: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + Win7 Home 64bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W 80+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

DVD: ASUS Black 24X DVD BURNER
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MONITOR: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MOUSE: Logitech MX 518
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

KEYBOARD: Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


TOTAL: 1,192$
(20$ USD MIR not included)
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December 6, 2010 4:42:40 PM

^ Good build there by mianmars. :) 
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