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HElp with CUstom Sandy bridge budget BUILD

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July 21, 2011 1:07:33 PM

Hi everyone,

Let me just apologize beforehand... I am new to the Computer parts market and may not have the proper understanding. This is the first custom build where I am buying ALL the parts myself and building it fromt the ground up. I have a budget around $850 for the system (monitor not included). I will be using the computer mostly for gaming and simple software programming(c++, java, opengl). I have done some research and decided I would like to get:

Asus p8p67 Pro Motherboard: $180

Intel i5 2500k lg1155: $220

but after those two parts im already looking at half my budget!! I figure its better to get a quality motherboard and processor to extend the life of my system but will my budget allow it? Any reccomendations if not? id at least like the mobo to be sli/xfire compatible

I was wondering is it possible to finish the build(including case) under budget and still have a nice or at least decent graphics card? I say decent because I would rather start with a cheaper card then sli or xfire it down the road or is that not an efficent way to do graphics for gaming?

Thanks again everyone I welcome all recommendations on any part I may need and remember I am building from the ground up so I need everything. LOL
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July 21, 2011 1:25:21 PM

Those are good choices for CPU and MB. You may want to consider a Z68 board for quicksync, but you will be fine with the P68...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k - $220

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO - $180

RAM: GSKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 1.5v 9-9-9-24 - $29

Graphics Card: XFX HD 6950 1GB - $210

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG F3 1TB - $65

Case: Xigmatek ASGARD II Black/Orange Mid Tower - $30

Power Supply: Antec 750w - $75

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $20

Case Fans: 2 x KINGWIN 120mm 40CFM @ 19dBA - $7 / $14

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30