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January 21, 2011 6:02:36 PM

Hi all, wanted your approval before I buy. I've built about 30 computers, about 10 years ago, for work, personal use, and friends. I have a fair understanding, but its all related to 10 yo technology. The last computer I built was a 1.0ghz AMD Thunderbird. Please look over and see if I am doing something wrong or have better advice...

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks

Budget Range: $750-$900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: High reliability, MicroATX

Overclocking: No/Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Quiet, Reliable, Good FPS and graphics quality for games for next 2 years or so without upgrades. Ability to upgrade. First game purchases would probably be Black Ops, Fall Out NV, WOW.

Here is what I have so far. I know absolutely nothing about current generation video cards, I guessed...

Processor- Intel I5 2400 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASUS P8H67-M EVO LGA 1155 Intel H67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video- ASUS ENGTS450 DC OC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power- COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$855 after rebates and shipping.


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January 21, 2011 6:19:37 PM

Not a bad build, but would recommend a P67 instead of H67 and also a K series processor in case you want to overclock at a later date. Check out the copy-n-paste below. You can probably get under $900 by changing the case and / or GPU. Either way you are on the right track...


"Borrowed" from another thread (from MadAdmiral). Prices are from Newegg...

CPU: i5-2500K $225
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme 4 $153
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $65
HDD: Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $80
Case: HAF 922 $100
GPU: HD 6950 $270 after rebate. Flash the BIOS to make it a 6970.

Total: $958
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January 21, 2011 7:51:43 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $164.98
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: Combo Price: $274.98
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Intel BOXDH67BL LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N460GTX -M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 FREE SHIPPING
Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

Total: $906.91 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
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January 23, 2011 5:29:07 PM

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400 COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231190

MSI N460GTX -M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154094

CD- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Monitor- ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236112

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116754

$890, so have some room for speakers and surge protector, small stuff.
All is Kosher?

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January 23, 2011 5:34:06 PM

Solid build except the psu.
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January 23, 2011 6:10:31 PM

Purchased. Thanks Toms Hardware!
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January 23, 2011 9:10:38 PM

Best answer selected by deepfriedninja.
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