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June 19, 2011 9:16:19 PM

I got a text from my friend today asking me to put together a sub 1000 dollar machine for him. The less spent, the better. He really wants a good gaming machine, and something that will last him awhile. This is what i found for him, please give me feedback on my recommendation.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a Month

Budget Range: Under 1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheap and reliable sites (i bought from newegg and love them, so thats what i use)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Unsure, i would assume 1920x1080

DVD Drive---LG DVD RW+----$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB---$42.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU---XFX Radeon 6950HD 1GB---$229.99-$30 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM--Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600--$74.99-$15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU combo deal---$129.98--$30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU--COOLER MASTER GX Series 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case--COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU and MOBO combo deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU--Intel i5 2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo--GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Total Cost

Before MIR--$803.92
After MIR--$728.92
June 19, 2011 9:30:16 PM

HDD is a bit small. For $50 you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... assuming you buy it by tomorrow >.>

For the cpu, either save money and get an H67 board + i5 2400 or spend more and get the i5 2500k +z68. Having a z board but no SSD or overclockable cpu makes it a waste. Oh and that's not the good z68 board it doesn't come with virtu in case he wants quick sync.

i5 2500k $220

GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 $130

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June 19, 2011 9:37:28 PM

i cant remember where i found the chart and im too lazy too look it up, but the f4 is blazing fast, and thats why i chose it
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June 19, 2011 9:42:20 PM

Speed is always a plus, but 320GB (298ish effective) then with windows you have 275ish for storage. Not a whole lot but if he doesn't need much it's fine.
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June 19, 2011 9:48:35 PM

idk what to do for a cheap mobo and cpu solution though, my friend has no interest in overclocking so the 2500k is probably not the best solution (although i love it and im using it right now to type this message =D)
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June 19, 2011 11:48:52 PM

If he isn't going to oc then no prob and looking through newegg I didn't see where you could get the cpu and mobo for less than 306 without suffering a lot from the mobo end. I'd stick with your first pick then. I was more suggesting upgrading instead of going to the cheaper end and yes 2500k love it.
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