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Approximate Purchase Date: Mid August

Budget Range: $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everyday use, gaming

Parts Not Required: CPU, RAM, Monitor, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences: Motherboard capable of using the CPU's integrated graphic

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Additional Comments: This will be my first PC build and so far I've only acquired 2 parts off sales.
i5 2500k Sandy Bridge CPU $150 from Frys
Gskill 8gb DDR3 1600 (12800) Ram, $55 from Newegg

so that leaves $345 for the motherboard, power supply, hard drive, cd drive, and case

For now I'm in no need of a GPU, the integrated graphic on the i5 2500k should be good enough according to the review I've seen on anandtech and notebookcheck. I play Blizzard games and I don't mind running them on low, but unless I misread the reviews then please let me know. I need help picking a motherboard out, not really sure which one to choose.

For a power supply I thought i'd go with this one allowing me to add in a decent GPU in the future

For a hard drive I chose this, but would like some recommendations if there is a better one

CD Drive


That leaves about $160 for a motherboard. I would prefer not to go and get a $160 motherboard, some left over money would be nice.

Oh and this may be a stupid question, but would I need to buy anything to connect the computer to my router with an ethernet cable? or is it part of the motherboard? :??:

Anyway thanks for checking this post out :D
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