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May 2, 2011 10:22:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May 6th-ish

Budget Range: $800-$900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming! (WoW, Rift, SW:TOR)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, (i have monitor but wouldnt mind a new one), OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Country of Origin: United States of Amurica

Parts Preferences: INTEL i5 2500K.

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i want the most bang for $$$$.

thanks for any help

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May 2, 2011 10:36:45 PM

regarding gfx card, amd 6770 is most bang for buck.
you dont need more that 4gb of ram
if you can afford, get a 120Gb ssd +500Gb hdd
May 2, 2011 10:45:00 PM

do you really want people to spec out an entire build for you... at least pick out the case - thats the most personalized part! not to mention... $800 - 900... for an i5-2500k build... difficult... but i'll try.


Power Supply:



CPU Cooler:


Hard Drive: (Not gonna be an ssd with this budget)

Graphics Card:


So it's about $950 with shipping - and the mobo leaves you room to eventually go crossfire and you can upgrade to an SSD when you feel necessary. You can get rid of the h50 cooler to go to a cheaper cooler or no cooler at all.

pluses - 2500k, 8GB ram, 5850, and h50 if you ever decide to try overclocking.

cons - platter drive (non-ssd)

Without the h50 it's under 900 with shipping, and if you aren't overclocking you really don't need it. but I would still recommend something.

I'm sure other people will come with other builds though this is just my suggestion.
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May 2, 2011 11:00:01 PM

thanks for the quick responses.
and sorry for all the questions this is my first time making a computer
May 2, 2011 11:35:12 PM

for a first timer i'd recommend a kit -

MSI P67A-C43 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU
Patriot Viper II 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 Dual Channel
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive
+ a nice case + 550w psu + cd/dvd dive -$500

Add a graphics card - nvidia 550Ti - $160

you can even add a ssd 60gb ocz - $145

$805 (before tax and shipping)
this the setup that i'd do for a sub 1000 rig.
May 10, 2011 12:10:44 AM

david, how much of a difference would the ssd make? is it worth the 150?
May 10, 2011 7:01:51 PM

it would affect your startup times by alot. 20 - 45 sec startup. but it wont affect your games (you'd install everything over 100mb to your 1tb drive). also, from that 60gb you'll have abt 45gb usable (after windows install).

its not really necessary. i only put it there if you want to reach 800. maybe it can be something you can get on your next pc, when prices come down.

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May 10, 2011 8:49:03 PM

550ti? Gross. please stop listening to david. Overclocking: PROBABLY NOT = You dont need an i5-2500k. What you want is an i5-2400.


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Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
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Subtotal: $942.87
Shipping: $7.33

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Grand Total: $880.20

May 10, 2011 9:01:40 PM

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