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April 17, 2011 3:16:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:Next couple of weeks.

Budget Range: 700ish for just the tower

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and multimedia (doesnt have to be the most cutting edge for gaming but I would like to be able to play most games at reasonable settings).

Parts Not Required:all peripherals and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:p robably newegg, unless another sight has a better deal

Country of Origin:USA

Parts Preferences: see below

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: no clue

Additional Comments: I have a prospective build outlined. I would just like some clarification and recommendations on parts. If there are better parts than what I have selected, if there are combo deals that would save me money, if there is a better bang for my buck (regardless of whether it will cut performance slightly or increase price slightly), if i am forgetting something, etc.

Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan 54.99

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply 89.99 (74.99)

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 62.99

Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 149.99 (129.99)

Newegg.com - MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 189.99 (169.99)

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 49.99

Newegg.com - 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 169.99

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April 17, 2011 8:57:20 AM

CPU: Core i3 2100
MB: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU: MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
Optical: LITE-ON Black 22X

Total: $739 w/o rebates

Although it's a little over budget, the GTX460 768MB trumps that GTX550 Ti, and the Core i3 2100 is faster for your needs. Also you get 8GB RAM and relatively fast 1TB drive.
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April 17, 2011 9:12:05 AM

Do you have a DVD writer?

AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 + ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB + CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$674.93 (with your case)

The CPU is the same only clocked a little lower, you can easily up its multiplier in the BIOS a little and make it run at 3.5GHz or more.
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