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$900 Budget ~ Gaming PC mostly for SC2

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June 8, 2011 1:53:32 AM

Hey hey. Looking to upgrade my current set up for college and playing on the school team. I really dont want to spend more than $900 on it but I can extend it a bit. I probably wont OC and if I do ill pick up a heat sink later on. The parts I have picked out right now are

Disc Drive
Asus ASUS Black 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER black gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
CORSAIR Vengeance 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plus Windows 7 OEM

Which comes to around $880
If I could I would like to maybe cut it down a bit. Would also like some feedback on how well the system will run.
Thanks :) 

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June 8, 2011 3:04:02 AM

Why not get a Z68 Motherboard?(nevermind, you probably won't use the different features on this chipset anyway)

This seems like a better deal to me.

A GTX460 1GB: $119.99 after mail-in rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am not too sure about that power supply. Checked a few reviews that didn't rate it too highly too.
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June 8, 2011 3:47:37 AM

You'll need to make another choice on your RAM, you have a dual channel setup (Core i5), but chose triple-channel ram (3x2Gb)

Choose either 2x2Gb or 2x4G instead
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June 8, 2011 11:24:44 AM

Check this $750 build.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/750-gaming-pc-jun...

That includes the OS for $99, so you can probably drop that if you don't need it and upgrade the i3 2100 to a i5 2500k, which would also mean you would need to upgrade the mobo to a P67, like the one you selected.

Still, should fit well within your budget.
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