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600-700$ Budget Gaming System

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March 16, 2011 3:15:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: 600-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, everything else will follow
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca or other Canadian sites
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD CPU and GPU
Overclocking: Probably
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Here's what I have so far: (Not sure about the heatsink)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
$46.99

BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$89.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$69.99

PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$168.49

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
$99.99

AMD Phenom II X4 820 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX820WFK4FGI - OEM
$99.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$20.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible
$29.99

Subtotal: $696.41
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March 16, 2011 9:38:13 PM

I'd also suggest teh ASRock 870 Extreme 3 over the Biostar 870, it give syou the option to add a second 6850 for crossfire later.

also 6850s are REAL power-sippers, you can crossfire them with a good quality 550W PSU
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March 17, 2011 2:41:45 PM
March 17, 2011 2:51:32 PM

The Hyper 212+ has it's own thermal compound in the accessory pack. You won't need to get anything else.

With the 2 standard fans in the Antec 300 you should be OK. It's certainly enough to start out safely. If you find your system temps are running higher than you like you can always add more fans later.
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March 17, 2011 2:53:54 PM

PSU is sized for an extra HD 6850 should you ever upgrade your 1680x1050 monitor, along with some CPU and GPU overclocking. And maybe an extra HDD or SSD upgrade.
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March 17, 2011 2:55:20 PM

It looks like you're good to go there.

Be sure to let us know how things work out.

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

-> The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.

While you're waiting you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it. Same for the other parts you want to order if they have install guides or manuals available.

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