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June 18, 2011 6:31:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: I want to keep this system able to compete at high details for years.

Budget Range: $500-600 before rebate.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Daily Internet Browsing Use

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Harddrive,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, Any good brand for a motherboard, good memory, and PSU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this computer too last a few years in gaming but I will be able to update it within the next year so I would like my computer to run the newest games coming out at a fairly high detail with good FPS on a 1920x1080 resolution.

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June 18, 2011 9:55:04 AM

You don't have the monitor?
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June 18, 2011 9:59:18 AM

I do it.

It runs 1920x1080 - 21.5" LCD
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June 18, 2011 6:02:31 PM

You said you have the HDD already, do you have an OS on the HDD? I'm having trouble putting together something upgradeable with an OS.

EDIT: For less than $600, of course.
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June 18, 2011 8:43:25 PM

cuecuemore said:
You said you have the HDD already, do you have an OS on the HDD? I'm having trouble putting together something upgradeable with an OS.

EDIT: For less than $600, of course.


Yes I have my own HDD with Windows 7.
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June 18, 2011 10:23:22 PM

I couldn't get a build together that I felt comfortable recommending for under $600 before rebates. This one comes to $628 before and under $600 after:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


You can add another 550 ti down the road (will be no more than $100 a year from now) and crank up your graphics performance.
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June 18, 2011 10:57:22 PM

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June 18, 2011 11:16:24 PM

How much of an upgrade is that 550 ti vs my PNY XLR8 1g 9800 gt card?
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June 19, 2011 7:09:25 AM

Probably about 30-40%, depending on what game you're playing. I didn't know you had a 9800 GT already, that being the case you could grab another one(for less than the cost of a GTX 550 ti) and run them in SLI, out performing a single 550 ti. You would be sacrificing DX11 capability, as well as investing in dated hardware, but you'd save a couple bucks and have better up front performance in most games.
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June 19, 2011 10:30:51 AM

Nice but but get this PSU, same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD alternative (upgrade path to the future AMD Bulldozer CPUs)

ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT GAMMA
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HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$613.93

The PSU is still too weak for two video cards.

Your OS won't work on a new mobo, you need to reinstall the OS if changing the motherboard.
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