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Need advice on $650 Gaming PC (First Build)

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July 22, 2011 3:53:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Mid September

Budget Range: 500-650 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, internet surfing, video editing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD-Rom

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I am going to have to keep this PC for a really long time (4-7 years) so I would really like to have an upgrade path for my cpu. I will be mostly playing games like BF3, Bad Company 2, MW3 and a few RTS games like StarCraft 2. I wont be doing that much video editing also.
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Parts:

CPU: Intel Core I5-2400 $194

Memory: A-Data 4GB DDR3 1600* ( Had to go down from 8 gigs to get I5-2400) $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) $84
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6790* ( Had to Go down from SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 to get I5-2400) $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300 Illusion $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $640






July 22, 2011 3:59:34 PM

Looks good. The only thing I would say is to find $25 and put the HD 6870 back in, but you should be fine with the HD 6790. The I3-2120 is a great budget CPU... Might consider it which would free up a little money to put into the GPU.
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July 23, 2011 10:57:40 AM

solid build. your post said mid-September as purchase date, so there is a little time for prices to drop. I would keep the 6870 in mind as you get closer, you should be able to find a combo deal or a sale to drop the overall price down.

additionally I would keep the original build and re-post when you are with in days of dropping the hammer and ask for help finding the best prices/deals for these components or similar quality ones.
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July 23, 2011 4:20:57 PM

That board doesn't support 1600hz RAM...only the P67 & Z68 boards do. Also I would look at a board with 4 RAM slots so you can add more RAM later on if you feel the need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 + $4.99 Shipping
ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $231.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $621.92 *includes shipping, does not include rebates and/or promo codes

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H61iCafe <----- that Asrock board
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August 2, 2011 2:57:11 AM

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August 2, 2011 3:08:01 AM

I'd say get a cheap case and utilise that extra money in a HD 6870.
Both Core i5 2400 & H67 board are great choices. ;) 
You can settle for a H61 board too if you won't use QuickSync and ClearVideo technology of the i5 much.
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August 2, 2011 4:16:37 AM

008Rohit said:
I'd say get a cheap case and utilise that extra money in a HD 6870.
Both Core i5 2400 & H67 board are great choices. ;) 
You can settle for a H61 board too if you won't use QuickSync and ClearVideo technology of the i5 much.

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