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May 8, 2011 1:23:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Any time(can wait months if necessary for better parts)


Budget Range: $1000 and $300 for a monitor or $1300 total (can spend a little extra if necessary for better parts)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing


Parts Not Required: Need everything to have a working computer


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Don't care as long as the performance is great and the reliability is excellent.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Additional Comments: I would like a build that is scalable, so in the future I can easily upgrade parts. And would I need a wireless card or w/e for me to connect to my router wirelessly? Thanks in advance.
May 8, 2011 2:02:09 AM

$1000 should just about allow for an i5-2500k/P67-based board (get one that is SLI/Crossfire capable), and a 6950 gpu....

As for the future, most i5/2500k cpus overlock to 4.5 GHz or higher, and a 2nd 6950 in Crossfire would be quite potent indeed if/when needed.
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May 8, 2011 2:07:37 AM

Okay thanks. And what monitor should I get? And can you list out all the parts on Amazon I will need because I'm quite new to this.
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May 8, 2011 10:01:05 AM

mdd1963 said:
$1000 should just about allow for an i5-2500k/P67-based board (get one that is SLI/Crossfire capable), and a 6950 gpu....


I second this. Catering for future SLI is what I will be doing with my first build. Just make sure you also buy a good brand SLI/Crossfire capable PSU!
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May 8, 2011 5:11:56 PM
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May 8, 2011 5:16:43 PM

Wow thanks for the list k1114; just what I was looking for.
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May 8, 2011 5:17:19 PM

Best answer selected by asdfgadsfz12.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2011 5:28:53 PM

Was there a reason why you only stated amazon?
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May 8, 2011 6:05:16 PM

I have $1500 worth of Amazon gift cards.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2011 6:58:50 PM
May 8, 2011 7:56:13 PM

Hehe okay thanks. I'll still be getting the 24 inch monitor you suggested before though since it's just 30$ or so more :D . And I already have a copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit from college. Everything else looks great.
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May 8, 2011 8:27:33 PM

Well since you don't need windows, you might be able to bump up to a 27" and still be around 1300.
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