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June 9, 2011 3:00:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks after vacation


Budget Range: $500-600


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies


Parts Not Required: mouse and keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: AMD CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: A decent pc that can run Battlefield 3

MSI 870S-G46 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need help on everything else I'm new to building a computer still learning so any help is appreciated. There's probably better parts than the above that's why I'm asking for help.

More about : 500 600 build

June 9, 2011 3:48:21 AM

Ok, lets talk some stuff over.

-you didn't list OS or Monitor in parts not required. I assume you will be needing both?
-You specified AMD CPU, when right now Intel is dominating with their Sandy Bridge line. Are you open to changing that?
-Do you have any parts that we could recycle (ie, case, hard drives, disc drives)

Get back to me and I'll help you out.
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June 9, 2011 4:12:30 AM

I'll be needing both an OS and Monitor but I could probably just use one of the older monitors and buy a newer one later. As for the OS I'm not sure which one to go for in terms of gaming.

I went AMD CPU because from what I've read they're cheaper in comparison to Intel. But I'm open to Intel if it's better and not too expensive.

I don't have any parts to recycle into this build because all I've been using is a laptop. I could probably go up to $700 but I prefer keeping it between $500-600
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June 9, 2011 4:33:02 AM

You need to get up to 700$ then. BF3 was running on a 580 @ E3 and during the gameplay. EA then stated that it was not running @ Max. So in terms of that, we should expect a 6850 or higher is needed. (Especially since my 5850 already struggles a bit on BC2 w/ Frostbyte 1.0 engine. Expect 2.0 to lag even more since there is 7 story collapses.

With that said, I think you should go with the 600$ build in my siggy, the 100$ would get you the OS putting you @ 700$.

http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
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June 9, 2011 8:21:32 AM

After considering the info that people have given me so far I came up with this.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

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...

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

~$630

The only ones I'm concerned about is the CPU and motherboard. Later on I'd like to add an SSD and probably some decent sound system.
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June 9, 2011 8:38:48 AM

That CPU is an excellent choice. I will however suggest you change the mobo, there are better ones out there. Try for one with 7.1 audio.

Also, swap the HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It costs $60 on amazon, and is faster/double the capacity of the WD. And before you ask, yes it's still faster even though it's only sata 3.0GB/s.

I would also drop the ram to some 1333mhz stuff if you decide to go H67. the 1600mhz will be downclocked anyway.

All else looks pretty good!
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June 9, 2011 3:05:10 PM

kodern said:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How about this? I also switched to the Samsung HDD.


I like all the changes.

The 1333 ram will work just fine, and there will be no difference in performance vs. faster ram. <1%.

I also like the Z68 based motherboard. It gives you the option to add a small SSD as a cache to your large hard drive.
A small 20gb SSD will greatly improve your drive performance.
Today, a SSD will cost about $2 per gb. Some drives are starting to be sole at $1.5 per gb.
When you have the funds, add a ssd cache to your system. It can be done without needing a windows reinstallation.
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June 9, 2011 5:20:05 PM

A socket am3+ ready for "Bulldozer" system. At $104.99 the phenomII x4 is a good deal and it should be easy to sell when bulldozer is out to someone with a am2+/am3 system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$51.98 dvd burner/seagate 500 gig combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99 COOLER MASTER Elite 460W Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$32.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$104.99 (after $10 off with promo code) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$164.99 after mail-in rebate card HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Free DIRT3 game coupon w/ purchase

Subtotal: $599.92 ( with hd-6870, not counting rebates)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99 after mail-in rebate card ASUS CuCore Series HD 5770 1GB
Grand Total:* $524.92 (with hd-5770 not counting mail in and pray rebates)

Unfortunately the cooler master 460 watt will not power the higher wattage 460 or 560ti or hd-6950 or 6970.

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June 10, 2011 12:30:40 AM

^ Wouldn't trust that 460 with a 5770. The 460w in that case is pretty bad, and can hardly be trusted to even power the 6870.
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June 10, 2011 12:33:25 AM

Agreed. the antec 300 with the BP 430 might be a better deal.
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June 10, 2011 3:30:34 AM

The current build I have exceeds my budget it's at ~$760 because I had to get the OS. So I'm thinking of switching my CPU to this:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105

I'm also switching my GPU to this:

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$120
with rebate ~$95

Motherboard:

ASRock 890GX PRO3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$110

I know my original intentions were to build a computer for Battlefield 3 but I'll just upgrade later I just need a decent computer to replace this 3 yr old crappy laptop asap.
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June 10, 2011 3:57:15 AM

I would swap the Phenom X4 to an i3-2100, as it performs much better in gaming for like $10 more.

A quality H67 board is like $80-100, saving a bit there.

And with this build you won't need a GPU right away, you can use IGP. Once you get some cash/want to game grab a 6850 or 6870 and you're set for BF3 :) 
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June 10, 2011 4:02:58 AM

^ Ehh I think something more than a 6850 and 6870 is needed for BF3 depending on the resolution. EA already announced the EA demo was not run on max and it was using a 580, and the resolution was probably 1920x1080 at most. So with that said, idk about the 6850/6870. Though that's just me. But in terms of futureproofing, I actually think going with AMD would be a bit better, since 8x/8x mobos are pretty cheap for AMD and you can CF in the future. That's just me though.
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June 10, 2011 4:11:24 AM

striker410 said:

And with this build you won't need a GPU right away, you can use IGP. Once you get some cash/want to game grab a 6850 or 6870 and you're set for BF3 :) 


I didn't even think about that I was always thinking I needed a GPU. I'll probably do that since I'm not really playing anything too graphic demanding.
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June 10, 2011 4:33:17 AM

If you can give me a minute, I'll whip you up an awesome build. BB in 30.
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June 10, 2011 5:11:00 AM

I honestly think that you need 700$ for a setup where you need everything. A decent build can be 600$, but you need OS AND MONITOR. That's a lot to fit into a build to run BF3. BC2 needs a 6850 minimum @ 1680x1050. (Source, myself and my 5850 @ 1680x1050).

i3 2100 $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P67A-G43 $125 ($115 AR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Zotac 460 1GB 150$ (120$ AR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1333 $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EA650 80+ BRNZE 65$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Raidmax Atlas $40 ($30 AR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG CD/DVD Drive + Seagate 500GB SATA III $52: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Total before rebates: $597
Total after rebates: $547
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June 10, 2011 5:16:47 AM

I can probably convince convince my parents to buy the OS and as for the monitor I have an old one that can use until I get a better one.
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June 10, 2011 5:33:20 AM

The integrated graphics of the 2100 is entirely adequate for lots of games, like civ-4.

By delaying the graphics card, you will get a better idea of how much graphics power is appropriate for you.

Get a sufficiently strong psu up front so you can run a 5770 or GTX560 class card.
Look at the XFX psu's, they are well priced now.
The 450w unit is only $45 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 650w unit is $69 and can run a card as strong as a GTX580.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are a student with a .edu e-mail address, look into an academic license for w-7. About $30.
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June 10, 2011 5:38:04 AM

Check this build out, broski.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $295 i5-2400 plus gigabyte Z68

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65 650w antec PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46 1600Mhz Ripjaws 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 (50 at Tigerdirect) haf 912

Throw in the dvd+HDD that shinobi linked and you get to $512 before rebates! I know it's a little outta budget, but the only real difference in my build is my mobo+CPU combo. The i5-2400 is a crazy good processor.

This rig will play DVD's and blu ray movies (if you get a blu ray drive), but it won't game. Save up $200 and get a 6870, or save $230 and get a GTX 560 ti. Then you're set for BF3!
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June 10, 2011 5:54:10 AM

striker410 said:
Check this build out, broski.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $295 i5-2400 plus gigabyte Z68

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65 650w antec PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46 1600Mhz Ripjaws 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 (50 at Tigerdirect) haf 912

Throw in the dvd+HDD that shinobi linked and you get to $637 before rebates! I know it's a little outta budget, but the only real difference in my build is my mobo+CPU combo. The i5-2400 is a crazy good processor.

This rig will play DVD's and blu ray movies (if you get a blu ray drive), but it won't game. Save up $200 and get a 6870, or save $230 and get a GTX 560 ti. Then you're set for BF3!


I like the build but my question is do I need a 650w?
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June 10, 2011 6:01:48 AM

No you dont. However if you want to add a 560 Ti or 6950 later on, a 500w would be good. And since the 650w is only $5 more, I did it in a case of "hell, why not?" Remember, the PSU only pulls what it needs from the wall. And PSU's generally run most efficient at 50% load.
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June 10, 2011 6:09:09 AM

striker410 said:
Check this build out, broski.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $295 i5-2400 plus gigabyte Z68

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65 650w antec PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46 1600Mhz Ripjaws 4GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 (50 at Tigerdirect) haf 912

Throw in the dvd+HDD that shinobi linked and you get to $637 before rebates! I know it's a little outta budget, but the only real difference in my build is my mobo+CPU combo. The i5-2400 is a crazy good processor.

This rig will play DVD's and blu ray movies (if you get a blu ray drive), but it won't game. Save up $200 and get a 6870, or save $230 and get a GTX 560 ti. Then you're set for BF3!


I got all of this except the case I decided to just keep the Antec 300 and it tallied up to $512 that's without Windows 7.
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June 10, 2011 6:15:33 AM

O.O 637 w/o including a gpu. Striker you've seemed to push the budget quite a bit. Even though you do get a better CPU. Even still... That's a lot of money.
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June 10, 2011 6:15:47 AM

Nice job! I think I meant $537. I must have missed something that was $25 though......
EDIT: It is $512. I added 3 cases to my cart somehow! Lol! That should fix both of your concerns.....

I'm tired, don't blame me for missing that.
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June 10, 2011 6:22:11 AM

kodern said:
The current build I have exceeds my budget it's at ~$760 because I had to get the OS. So I'm thinking of switching my CPU to this:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105

I'm also switching my GPU to this:

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$120
with rebate ~$95

Motherboard:

ASRock 890GX PRO3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$110

I know my original intentions were to build a computer for Battlefield 3 but I'll just upgrade later I just need a decent computer to replace this 3 yr old crappy laptop asap.


The mobo in your amd config is 16x by 4x. I am suggesting you a completely different view than what others have been saying. Let me know what you think.
CPU:AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor 38$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo:ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 90$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And get that 6850 gpu for 170$
PSU:XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W 90$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: I am sure you will find a great one or others could suggest something for around 50$
Total:450$
OS+monitor: Your choice to spend 250$
Ok, so here is the thing. Yes, I know, a SINGLE core cpu will surely severely bottleneck a 6850. But, this combination will still give you more performance than any onbaord graphics or if you used the on-die graphics of i3. Also, what i am saying, dont save on the gpu now. You are getting an 8x by 8x crossfire motherboard. Get the 6850. Its much much better than 5770 and scales much better in crossfire too. Yes, you will have to get a phenom2 when you would want to play BF. This 40$ will go to waste, but its better off spending 40$ and getting 6850x2 in the future than 5770x2. Also, you are getting a future proof psu and money to buy a much better case. And well, maybe, for around 120$, you might be able to buy a 6-core phenom II instead of a 955x4. BF series is known for using 6 cores in BFBC2. BF3 will surely do so too. I dont think it would be too bad to spen 130$ on a hexa core cpu. And then down the road, you could add that second 6850 too. Gl. hf.
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June 10, 2011 6:29:43 AM

Lol, A different perspective is right.........
With a single core, He's going to have serious issues even using word! It's a novel concept though....


Also, the i5-2400 is superior to ALL amd processors out right now, even the Phenom II X6's.

With the new 7000 series from AMD on the way, he could grab a new GPU or wait for the price drops in the future. I know the 7k series is a while away, but it's worth considering.
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June 10, 2011 6:04:42 PM

Ok my new build, since the phenomIIx4 seems to be not enough cpu power.

Grand Total:* $661.96 Its a bit over budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$116.99 ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99 Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
$389.99 Core i5-2400/H67/4GB/1TB SuperCombo

There is a hec HP485D 485W ATX power supply with the bundle, but i have my doubts it's any good.

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June 10, 2011 11:06:56 PM

^ Don't risk on open boxes, you'll regret it. And if you get an H67 motherboard you can't use SLI in the future. SLI only is supported by 2 PCI 16x 2.0 slots running at 8x/8x H67 only sports PCI slots running 16x/4x which is CF compatible but not SLI compatible. With SLI, you need to get P67 or Z68.

i5 2400 + Z68 Gigabyte MB: $295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
4GB Ram Mushkin 41$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB SATA III $40: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $376
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June 10, 2011 11:11:12 PM

^^ just like my build so of course I like it :p  Btw you saw my correction right?
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June 11, 2011 4:39:09 AM

I know its not the best board, but to build a sandybridge i5-2400 system with os and card and decent power supply for that price, you have to make some compromises.
Its not a sli board, its a crossfire board. The second slot is only 4x and covers the plugs on the board, its not even a good crossfire board. Its a ok board for a single card.

Open box is a gamble, but its a better gamble than a mail in and pray rebate. The only other choice for that price is a 6770 with a mail in rebate or a 5770.

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June 11, 2011 4:47:54 AM

Something like a used 4870 or 275 would be maybe a better choice, you can see it working before you buy it, and for under $100 you get a still pretty good gaming card.
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June 11, 2011 4:53:53 AM

Let us not confuse the issue with sli/cf. This is a BUDGET build for a single monitor.

Don't pay more up front with planning for sli/cf. No need for extra power psu's, multiple pci-e motherboards and bigger cases.
A single graphics card of some type will run most games well at 1080P resolution.
An upgrade from something like a GTX560ti or thereabouts will be fine.
If an upgrade is ever needed, change out the current card for the next best thing.

A 2100 or 2120 is fine, particularly for a budget build.
No need to pay more for a marginal increase in clock speed when the base cpu is so good.
If you find a good combo fine, but be careful about chasing them.
It is no bargain if you do not get exactly the parts you want.
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June 12, 2011 10:32:31 AM

Well I used the suggestions that people gave and since I'm really trying to keep within budget I had to sacrifice a few things but here it is:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 PRO3 SE LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$481
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June 12, 2011 5:19:26 PM

Drop that hard drive. Waste of money when the F3 is the same price, performs the same and gives you 500GB more. WD is a ripoff in most cases
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

As for the P67, if you get that, then you can't use the APU onboard graphics. You'd have to get Z68, so this board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or opt for a cheaper Z68 that only allow CF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 12, 2011 6:00:46 PM

That second board is not a true Z68. It does not allow you to use onboard graphics. Note the lack of outputs and "Discrete VGA required". OP, go with the 1st one he linked. It's an excellent board for the price in my opinion.
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June 12, 2011 7:15:31 PM

Ahhh wasn't really paying attention, then the 1st option it is.
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September 2, 2011 2:04:46 AM

So I'm back now after 2 months of no reply I need to redo my list. I didn't have the time to build during summer so hopefully I can do it now. Here's my revised list with other peoples suggestions:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
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SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $707.78

Any critique is welcome and my goal is to lower it to around $600.

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