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Mid-range PC build suggestions

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May 13, 2011 12:09:34 AM

Hey everyone, I am seriously considering building a desktop, and this is the first time that I have ever attempted to “build” a computer on my own. Therefore, I would appreciate some advice. I have some pc parts already, and I am planning on using what I have and just purchasing everything else that I need.

First, some background info:

Purchase date: ASAP

Budget Range: $300-500—I would like to spend as little as possible without compromising too much quality.

System Usage: Gaming, School, Movies, etc.

Parts “Not” Required: Monitor (I have a 28 inch HDTV/monitor that I plan to use), keyboard, mouse, GPU (I have an 8800 GTX that is a bit dated, but I am going to use it for now and update it later), speakers, sound card (I have a creative sound blaster card), and OS.

What I need: Everything else

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg and amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I think I would like to have an Intel processor, as I am less familiar with AMD. But, I am flexible here.

Overclocking: Not likely

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I want to be able to run most games at high settings (medium at the lowest), but I am not trying to build an 'elite' desktop.

If there is any other information that is needed, I will be more than happy to provide it. So, if anyone wants to take a shot at putting together some links to the parts, I would much appreciate it.

Thanks

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May 13, 2011 1:23:26 AM

Thanks for the replies. I really like what you posted crewton, primarily because it is in a combo package. I'm trying to think if there is anything else that I would need, and I can't really think of anything. I am possibly going to post your links around to see what others think about them. Thanks, and if anyone else has any other suggestions, please feel free to chime in!
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May 13, 2011 1:27:25 AM

NP, I was looking at newegg and since you don't want a gpu they come with some nice starter sets and that one has all quality products and didn't try to short change you with a crappy psu. Although they did throw in antivirus software which I suppose it nice but you can just get it free online :p 
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