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June 11, 2011 6:56:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week/month

Budget Range: $600 - $900 before rebates

System Usage: web browsing, gaming, watching movies

Parts Required: case, mouse, keyboard, screen, speakers

Preferred Website or Store for Parts:, micro-center

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: I don't know

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know

Monitor Resolution: I don't know

Additional Comments: This is my first time building a computer for this purpose, so any words of advice are much appreciated!


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June 11, 2011 7:44:32 PM

Check out my build guide here for 600$
Then go to microcenter and pick up the i5 2500K, it doesn't make much sense since you may not overclock. But it's only 180$ at microcenter. This'll +55$ to the total.
Also upgrade the motherboard to this since it gives you the option to CF and overclock if you feel like getting into that stuff later on.
Total: $685
To figure out the GPU please figure out your monitor resolution
June 11, 2011 8:05:31 PM

1920x1080, i want to buy a new monitor too
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June 11, 2011 8:14:32 PM

Wait why buy a new monitor if your current one is 1920x1080? That's really good already.
Anyway, knowing your monitor resolution is pretty high. Pay 100$ more (Total 785) for this 560 Ti OC'd. It'll run cool and perform at the level of a 570.
You have a 20$ MIR too.

Since your monitor resolution is so high, SLI doesn't work with 16x/4x. So switch to this motherboard. +45

So now!!!! The grand total is $800 before rebates. That leaves you with 100$, spend another 30$ to upgrade the power supply to this.
NOW Tota: 830$
70$ left to do whatever.
June 11, 2011 8:18:12 PM

oh my bad i meant i want a monitor that can do 1920x1080, currently i have ~6 year old 17" 1280x1024