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Approximate Purchase Date: This week to next week.

Budget Range: $600- $800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, Gaming, Schoolwork, Watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference

Country of Origin: United States of America

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Best Bang for the Buck, going to be running office programs on it for schoolwork, would prefer it not to be a full-tower.
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  1. What games will you be playing?
  2. Left 4 Dead 2, Cod Waw. Maybe TF2
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030 $54.99
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-H61M-VS-Intel-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B004S9JXPW/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1310032565&sr=1-4 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662289 $431.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $411.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095 $68.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1310033401&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

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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

    Total: $750.92 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc..

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1 <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html <----- Review/gaming benchmarks of that cpu
  4. what resolution is your monitor?
  5. Here's a build similar to Why_Me but also includes an SSD to give your system a snappy feel:

    CPU & Motherboard: $262- i5-2400 & Biostar H67MU3 (Great Processor & decent motherboard that supports USB 3.0 & SATA 6GB/s)

    SSD: $120- Crucial M4 64GB

    RAM: $60- Corsair Vengeance 2X 4GB

    Power Supply: $55- Antec NEO ECO 520

    Graphic Card: $175- Sapphire Radeon 6870

    HDD: $40- Seagate Barracuda 500GB. if you have money go for 1TB then

    Case: $35- Sentley Black

    Optical Drive: $19- LiteOn

    Total : 766 USD

    Possible downgrades include :
    1. Dropping SSD. Save $120
    2. Dropping RAM to 4 GB (like Gskill NS worth $35). Save $25.

    Possible Upgrades include :
    1. Upgrading HDD capacity to 1TB. Cost $20
    2. Upgrading graphic card to 560Ti. Cost $65.

    That should be enough I suppose.
  6. My build is based off z_4 with a few modifications based on the market price as of 7/15/11.

    CPU & Motherboard: $262 - i5-2400 & Biostar H67MU3

    RAM: $60 AR - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

    Power Supply: $50 AR CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Graphics Card: $165 AR XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    Hard Drive: $55 - Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal

    Case: $70 - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Optical Drive: $19 - Lite-On DVD Burner

    Comes out to be about $740.xx after rebates with CA tax + shipping included.

    I choose the Mushkin ram because it was cheaper than the previously listed Corsairs. My Corsair PSU is also cheaper, provided more wattage and is single railed just like the NEO ECO. Both are cheaper after rebates. I also choose the XFX 6870 over Sapphire, not only because it's cheaper but because XFX has double lifetime warranty (as long as you register the card). With a fast, hot operating card like the 6870, I would want my warranty after a few years (in case of artifacting or overheating). Plus, with the money I saved on the XFX version, I could get an aftermarket HSF to help with cooling + overclocking if you're into that. Everything else is pretty much the same.

    Oh, and the HD is from Amazon. Gotta love Prime.
  7. dC0m said:
    Mine build is based off z_4 with a few modifications based on the market price as of 7/15/11.

    CPU & Motherboard: $262 - i5-2400 & Biostar H67MU3

    RAM: $60 AR - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

    Power Supply: $50 AR CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Graphics Card: $165 AR XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    Hard Drive: $55 - Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal

    Case: $70 - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Optical Drive: $19 - Lite-On DVD Burner

    Comes out to be about $740.xx after rebates with CA tax + shipping included.

    I choose the Mushkin ram because it was cheaper than the previously listed Corsairs. My Corsair PSU is also cheaper, provided more wattage and is single railed just like the NEO ECO. Both are cheaper after rebates. I also choose the XFX 6870 over Sapphire, not only because it's cheaper but because XFX has double lifetime warranty (as long as you register the card). With a fast, hot operating card like the 6870, I would want my warranty after a few years (in case of artifacting or overheating). Plus, with the money I saved on the XFX version, I could get an aftermarket HSF to help with cooling + overclocking if you're into that. Everything else is pretty much the same.

    Oh, and the HD is from Amazon. Gotta love Prime.

    Not sure why you mentioned over clocking and an after market h/s seeing how that 2400 will not over clock. And the 560ti beats out the 6870 and if both cards are o/c it gets even worse for that 6870.
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