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$700 First Build Suggestions

Last response: in Systems
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:

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.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM


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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: It's quite a bit less money with some better features.

Grab an i5-2400, same chip $20 cheaper. (unless you think that 200MHz is worth it, which it might be)

Grab this hard drive: 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.

This case is the exact same, except it has shiny LED's and is $5 less! :D

That should give you a good build at a cheaper price! If I might ask, what video card do you have?
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.