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May 6, 2011 7:17:43 PM

Im pretty much at my spending limit of about $700, but if you have anysuggestions on where i can save or maybe improve without spending too much more it would be greatly apprecitated. This is my first build and i can use all the help i can get.....btw i will mainly be using this for gaming...let me know what you think.

Heres the build:


ASUS P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), Gigabit LAN, 8-Channel Audio, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, AMD CrossFireX Support
Available
Price: $139.99



Intel Core i3-2100 BX80623I32100 Processor - Dual Core, 3MB L3 Smart Cache, 3.10 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Retail
Available
Price: $124.99


Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner - DVD±R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD±R (DL) 12X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM
Available
Price: $24.99



Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel
Available
Price: $44.99*



Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid-Tower Black Case - 5 Exterior 5.25" Drive Bay, 1 Exposed 3.5" Drive Bay, 5 Interior 3.5" Drive Bay. "Supports Nvidia GTX 480"
Available
Price: $79.99

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EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI 1.4, DirectX 11 Includes Photoshop Elements 9 w/Registration
Available
Price: $119.99*



Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM
Available
Price: $44.99



Ultra U12-40874 LSX 750-Watt Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration, 80+ Bronze, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included
Available
Price: $79.99

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May 6, 2011 7:48:23 PM

Welcome!
Can you get a I3 2100 and a H67 board for the same money? The GTX460 SE is not a great card the 768MB version is faster. There are better PSU's than Ultra and you only need about 500watts.
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May 6, 2011 8:14:42 PM

On average the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors are outperforming the 1st generation around 15% to 20% at the same clock speed. So by going with an Intel Core I3 2100 you will be getting a better processor with the H67 board. For power on this system 500 watts will work fine.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 6, 2011 10:33:04 PM

EDITED** Ok i have edited my build please let me know what you think. :]
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May 7, 2011 12:12:08 AM

2 things. The graphics card is not a good one, it's got shaders disabled. A better card would be the Asus directCU GTX 460 1gb. The difference between the two is the SE. The SE means they have downgraded the card, making it not nearly as good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a little bit more, but it has a LOT more performance. Also keep in mind it's an open box, so buy fast lol.
Hope that helps!
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May 7, 2011 12:13:37 AM

YES!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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May 7, 2011 12:14:41 AM

The other thing I forgot to mention is the PSU. You'd be much better off with a brand name PSU, such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a bit more, but it's worth it. Think of the PSU as your oven. If the oven goes, what will you do with your food? it will all be burnt! So get a quality oven that cooks at the right temperature.

P.S. Like my oven analogy? lol.
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May 7, 2011 12:20:39 AM

hmm i thought the Ultra was a nice psu..... but it is cheap..... btw the hardware on my list is all from tiger direct.....should i go newegg instead.? An yea that was a very good analogy....i was told tho not to skimp on the power supply...
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May 7, 2011 12:29:38 AM

Newegg is generally prefered, as they give more upfront savings and cheaper shipping. I would create estimates on both sites (including tax and shipping, before rebates)
The Ultra seems ok, but it's not something you want to take a gamble on. I personally would pick the one I linked above, as it has 1,500 reviews and the ultra has 12. Corsair PSU's are very nice, and I think you will be just fine with 650w, even if you plan to crossfire.
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May 7, 2011 4:16:57 AM

you dont need a 750w psu for a single card system. this Antec psu may look "cheaper" but it is in fact a more reputable brand and a more reliable psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it is $45 with this promo code: EMCKEKD73 (although it may not work unless you sign up for newegg emails, might as well try it and see):
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May 7, 2011 4:23:46 AM

Nice, but what if he ever wants to Xfire or SLI? Only has 2 6pin connectors, and it's a 550w.
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May 7, 2011 4:41:35 AM

i dont think $700 is the kind of budget for what if questions. no reason to have an i3-2100 + 460, when you can have an i5-2400 + gtx 560.

Newegg cart:

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$20.99


MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814127565
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$254.99
$249.99


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$20.00 Instant
$79.99
$59.99


G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231394
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$39.99


MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130588
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$69.99
$64.99


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Item #: N82E16819115074
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$189.99

Subtotal: $625.94

Shipping: $0.00


EMCKEKD24 Discount From Promo Code -$10.00
EMCKEKD73 Discount From Promo Code -$15.00


plus: $35 for case from amazon
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
Grand Total: $635.94

with windows 7 @ $90 w/ promo code EMCKEKD52, total is $725.94.

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May 7, 2011 4:47:41 AM

Nice one, I second that. And yeah, you are right, it's hard to fit it all in at $700.
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May 17, 2011 6:37:22 PM

Woah this is a nice build for 700, i didnt think about a cheaper mobo....
anyone have any other suggestions for a cheap gaming rigg?
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May 17, 2011 8:20:11 PM

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151233

$20.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136073

$44.99

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814127565

-$5.00 Instant
$249.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015
-$25.00 Instant
$99.99
$74.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231396
$39.99

MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130588

$69.99

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Item #: N82E16819115074

$189.99


ok so i took your advice on this cheap gaming build....im at $690 or $660 with the promo codes...this is without a case or an OS. If anyone has any suggestions on where i can improve or save some money .....it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
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