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December 13, 2010 10:25:03 PM

I'm hoping to put together my own computer. I want to use it for some gaming. I don't have a budget but the cheaper the better. This will be my first build. All suggestions are welcome. I think the cpu cooler is for intel cpus but i'm too lazy to change it at the moment.

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December 13, 2010 11:06:45 PM

"I don't have have a budget..." wanna throw out a ballpark figure here? say like $800-$1000?

"I want to use it for some gaming." what is the least resource-demanding game you intend to play? the most? any game in the future?

"...but the cheaper the better." AMD builds are typically cheaper, not necessarily for comprimise either.

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December 14, 2010 12:00:05 AM

Why include Microsoft Word on your cost, or the OS. We're not going to change those so they don't need to be included in your hypothetical build. (actually i would use openoffice, but that's just me)

Is it safe to say you have a budget of $900 for this hypothetical build
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December 14, 2010 1:05:29 AM

The absolute max is $1500 but i'd prefer to keep it under $1300 for everything (~$900 without software). I play mostly shooters and rts games (Cod black ops, Quake Wars, starcraft 2 etc.)

I haven't really used open office much. I was worried about having file compatibility issues while at colleges. Most schools use microsoft office.
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December 14, 2010 6:09:48 AM

Do u happen to live near a Microcenter?
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December 14, 2010 9:47:13 AM

Not really. The closest one is about an hour and a half away.
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December 14, 2010 9:27:20 PM

I looked up most of the components on microcenter and they seem a bit cheaper. A few things like 6850 and ssds were more expensive but I bet I would be saving a lot more not having to pay for shipping. Thanks for the suggestion.
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December 14, 2010 9:51:06 PM

For the few more expensive than microcenter things use newegg
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December 14, 2010 9:58:35 PM

Aside from the money, how does the build look? I'm mainly concerned with cpu/gpu. Are they are a good match up?
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December 15, 2010 12:31:11 AM

How does the psu look? Is 550w the right amount? I'm not sure I would be able to see the red led from outside the case. I was considering getting a different color led fan for the front of the case and didn't want to the two colors to clash. Any recommendations for psus?
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December 15, 2010 12:41:14 AM

Well you could either change the PSU or opt for a different case. The PSU probably won't be visible as there isn't a side panel. But if you are fearful, here's a case with the same LED's as your PSU, comes with more fans and is, imo, the better case.

CM Scout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or a psu is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's cheap, not modular though. But it has a great efficiency, and comes from a great brand.
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December 15, 2010 9:30:25 AM

dgriffs said:
I looked up most of the components on microcenter and they seem a bit cheaper. A few things like 6850 and ssds were more expensive but I bet I would be saving a lot more not having to pay for shipping. Thanks for the suggestion.


$170 965BE + MSI 785G-E53? :D 
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
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