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July 31, 2011 12:41:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: soon

Budget Range: ~$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SC 2, WoW, D3

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: us

Parts Preferences: It's my understanding that at this price point an i3 2100 is the best buy

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: sturdy, semi-quiet computer that can easily run SC 2, WoW, and when it comes out D3 on high settings (no need for max)

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July 31, 2011 4:32:17 AM

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-H61M-VS-Intel-Micro-Mother... $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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $164.98 FREE SHIPPING
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S... $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-3-5-Inch-Internal... $39.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital 500 GB Sata 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-oem Drives WD5000AAKX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $506.92 *not including shipping and mail in rebates

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July 31, 2011 4:50:08 AM

i3-2100 $125


G.Skill 8GB ddr3 1333
$45

Antec HCG 520W $53

antec 300 illusion $60 ($50 after rebate)

ASRock H61M $60

Seagate Barracude HDD 1TB $45

Lite-on optical drive $20

ZOTAC 2GB GTX 460 fermi $150 ($40 rebate makes it $110)

Total: $558, $508 after rebates. If you need to cut it down go with a 550ti/hd 6770 or get a cheaper case like the NZXT gamma



ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

SUPER COMBO DEAL $335

SAPPHIRE HD 6870 $180 ($160 after rebates)

TOTAL: $515, $495 AR

EDIT: Yeah once again, Why_me has the great solutions ;]
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July 31, 2011 10:57:09 AM

If I was able to do a bit of futute proofing would you upgrade the mobo? And if so which would you get? Might put a 2500k in over the next 10 months.
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July 31, 2011 11:18:16 AM

holydiver123 said:
If I was able to do a bit of futute proofing would you upgrade the mobo? And if so which would you get? Might put a 2500k in over the next 10 months.

This would be the mobo to get if you plan on getting a 2500K later on. It allows you to over clock that cpu.


http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Z68A-D3-B3-Intel-Motherb... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3-B3
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July 31, 2011 1:07:32 PM

One last question, is the psu enough watts if I wanted so put those cards in sli down the road or is that not really neccessary
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July 31, 2011 4:30:11 PM

You would need a 750w PSU
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July 31, 2011 4:46:20 PM

if you look at my specs below, i built that whole system, for just under 500, and you could probably go cheaper online, i bought from wholesaler, but i have played WOW on mine and on low graphics i pulled 200+ fps on it, and at ultra i got 50-60 fps which i was very happy with, looks great, you could save more buying a case without psu cause i just replaced mine and i could have saved 30 bucks, graphics cost 140 but you can vary on what you want, good luck though, but i will say i couldn't be happier as this was my first build, i don't believe a penny was wasted, you don't want to go over and have wasted power, push your system, save ur budget :) 

p.s you don't have to overclock it, i was just messing around and a E6500 would go better than mine for an extra 8 bucks,
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July 31, 2011 7:01:40 PM

Best answer selected by holydiver123.
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