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$700 First Build Suggestions

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May 20, 2011 3:45:52 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 3-4 days


Budget Range: Around $700


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Starcraft 2, Guild Wars), surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, video card


Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: no preference


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200


Additional Comments: This is my first build, and I'm not looking for anything too flashy or powerful. I have already picked out some parts that fit into my budget nicely, but I wouldn't mind some feedback or other suggestions. Thanks.

Case:$59.95
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:$69.99
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:$59.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:$114.99
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:$209.99
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:$49.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: $21.99
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:$99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$686.88


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May 20, 2011 4:06:43 PM

Hi veggies,
A couple things. I would switch the motherboard to an H67 like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's quite a bit less money with some better features.

Grab an i5-2400, same chip $20 cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (unless you think that 200MHz is worth it, which it might be)

Grab this hard drive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=s9_simh... It's same price, and the F3's are renowned for their speed.

Grab this ram, it has better timings and the H67 can only use 1333MHz ram anyway.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This case is the exact same, except it has shiny LED's and is $5 less! :D  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That should give you a good build at a cheaper price! If I might ask, what video card do you have?
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May 20, 2011 7:09:53 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'm running an 8800gt, which is in need of an upgrade, but I don't have the cash for one right now.
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