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New mid-level gaming build.

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April 22, 2011 2:13:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime within the next month.

Budget Range: $500-650.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com.

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No particular preferences, just nothing made by Rosewill.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 2048x1152

Current Parts:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz - $158.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157243

SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 - $74.99 ($64.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102874

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MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $144.99 ($129.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $62.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

LITE-ON Black CD/DVD Burner - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W - $89.99 ($79.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

XION Predator Gaming Series AXP 970-001BK Mid Tower PC Case - $74.99 ($64.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208036

Total Before Rebate= $631.92 w/ budget video card, $700 w/better video card.
Total After Rebate= $601.92 or $656.92.

Additional Comments: I prefer to get the most bang for my buck, all I will be doing is running some games now and then; I am really just doing this because I enjoy building systems. If you think I can get some component better or cheaper please let me know, I am very open minded about the parts I will be using. I wanted to take advantage of the Hybrid Crossfire feature of the MOBO and its ATI Radeon HD 4250 to get the performance of a higher end card, would the budget video card work well for this? Any suggestions on how I can trim the price on this build?

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April 22, 2011 3:15:07 PM

So I have to have a Radeon HD 5450 in order to use Hyrbid Crossfire? Would the stand alone HD 5770 work better than a Hyrbrid Crossfire with an HD 5450?
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April 23, 2011 6:36:52 AM

Yes HD5770 would be substantially more powerful!
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April 23, 2011 6:52:22 AM

you can do way better than a 5770. i gotta go to bed but you can do better than this:


Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118040
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$22.99


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$69.95
$59.95


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$69.99
$54.99


HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814161349
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$199.99


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$79.99
$59.99


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157229
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$159.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD34G1600ELK
Item #: N82E16820220556
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
Futuremark Gift - Shattered Horizons - The Last Stand Pack Free with purchase!
Item #: N82E16800992059
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$44.99 Combo
$7.00 Mail-in Rebate
$306.97
$261.98
Subtotal: $819.88
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April 23, 2011 1:45:39 PM

Well I wanted to stay with the same processor but I found a better motherboard which comes in a combo discount, so I can effectively knock $40 off the build price without sacrificing any performance.

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard - $79.99 (Combo Discount) $64.99 after $15 gift card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632264

As for the video card is it worth the extra $50 to get a 6000 series if I'm just playing games like COD, Mass Effect, etc.; can a 5770 suffice?

XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $184.99 ($174.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515


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MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $144.99 ($129.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490

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April 23, 2011 1:48:43 PM

The price after rebate on the HD 6850 is actually $164.99.
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