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May 15, 2011 9:07:15 PM

This build is a gaming rig I'm working on to put in my bedroom but also for hosting my minecraft server, after moving it from my old PC in the living room.
Btw, any help on getting better parts for less or improving the build would be appreciated!

Budget: $1000
Build (OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) (link)
Mobo [Motherboard]: ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) (link)
Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (4 x 2GB) (link)
Power Supply: SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W (link)
Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 (link)
Hard Drives: Corsair Force F40 CSSD-F40GB2* (40 GB) (link) and SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB (link)
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST (link)

*as boot drive/OS and crucial files only

Total: $890 (not including the OS)

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May 15, 2011 10:04:10 PM
May 15, 2011 10:19:37 PM

I would change to the following:

Intel i3 2100 (3.1Ghz Hyper Threading) $125
ASUS P8H67-M LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $105
You choose a nice ATX mid tower case but the mobo that you have chosen is a micro ATX I dont know if it will fit.
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May 15, 2011 10:19:42 PM

You should get a case other than the raidmax one, I own the green version of it and I hate it. There is no cable management, none of the fans have three pin connectors, the side handles are cheaply made, and the front door thing is just a pain in the a**. Oh and raidmax will never send you the rebate mine was approved over two months ago.
May 15, 2011 10:33:27 PM

Here is another sample build:

M/B and CPU combo $369.98:

Ram 8Gb with free 2Gb flash drive $75.99 with promo code EMCKEJG73:

PSU 750watt antec $92.98:

Disk burner $19.99:

Hard drive 1Tb samsung f3 $64.99:

Windows 7 64bit Home Prem OEM $99

GPU 560 ti $239.99:

Case Haf 912 $59.99:

Tatal cost: $1022.91

May 15, 2011 11:20:46 PM

Thank you for the advice, guys. I'll look into all of the parts later and pick out what I think is best. Thanks! :D 
May 15, 2011 11:30:11 PM

Oh yeah the Raidmax case will hold micro-atx boards but another reason not to get it is mine was missing some M/B standoffs, luckily I had some left over from my last build.