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Advice needed: <= $1000 gaming build (thanks in advance for your help)

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August 10, 2011 4:53:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, if possible

Budget Range: <= $1000 USD, after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and speakers

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

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: 2nd gen core i, everything else upon recommendation :) 

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Depends on what's in the final build

Additional Comments: Most of this build was taken from other posts, but I want to make sure everything is compatible, and see if there are any lower-cost alternatives. Thanks in advance

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FINAL BUILD!!!! :hello: 

CPU / Mobo: (suggestion from gkay09)
Core i5-2500K & MSI P67A-G45 (B3)
$332.98 - $20 MIR = $312.98

GPU: (suggestion from gkay09)
EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB
$239.99 - $25 MIR = $214.99

HDD / Disc Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM & LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive
$52.48

RAM: (suggestion from gkay09)
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
$49.99

PSU:
Antec HCG-750W
$94.99 - $25 MIR = $69.99

Case:
Antec 300 Illusion
$59.99 - $10 MIR = $49.99

Monitor:
Hanspree 21.5'' 1920x1080
$119.99

Mouse:
Rosewill RM-2400L
$9.99

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - OEM
$99.99

TOTAL: $985.39

Thanks so much for your help!

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August 10, 2011 5:45:50 AM

^ Good parts,... Some suggestions -
Get the G45, its just few $$ more, and and has USB3.0 bracket included,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - A good deal on the new Lian-Li case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor -
http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-vh236h-23-widescreen-hd-lc...

RAM - Why not 8GB, its pretty cheap these days,...
It is one of most underrated RAM,...This can easily run @1600Mhz without any issues,...
Crucial 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 10, 2011 5:57:50 PM

A better mouse, IMO, for $40:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That case seems too expensive, but cases go by taste, so whatever. I put $80 into my Dragon Slayer.
If you've got a couple extra bucks (you do, 33 of them) you can get a nicer GPU. If you put in $20 over that, you're at a cheap 560 Ti for $220 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), which would almost justify the 2500K. The 6870 doesn't, really.
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August 11, 2011 3:00:21 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Good parts,... Some suggestions -
Get the G45, its just few $$ more, and and has USB3.0 bracket included,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - A good deal on the new Lian-Li case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor -
http://www.buy.com/prod/asus-vh236h-23-widescreen-hd-lc...

RAM - Why not 8GB, its pretty cheap these days,...
It is one of most underrated RAM,...This can easily run @1600Mhz without any issues,...
Crucial 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the suggestions! I have a Lian-Li case myself, and love the tool-less design and the steel (feels heavy and durable). I've added the ram and mobo changes, though I'm not sure about the monitor yet. I'm building this for my brother, and he wanted to get everything from one place if possible, but I'll see what he thinks.

Thanks again!
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August 11, 2011 3:05:30 AM

kajabla said:
A better mouse, IMO, for $40:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That case seems too expensive, but cases go by taste, so whatever. I put $80 into my Dragon Slayer.
If you've got a couple extra bucks (you do, 33 of them) you can get a nicer GPU. If you put in $20 over that, you're at a cheap 560 Ti for $220 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), which would almost justify the 2500K. The 6870 doesn't, really.


Thanks for the suggestions! I defaulted to the logitech because I have a G700 myself, but I've heard a lot of good things about RAZER gaming mice. It looks like I have a little to spend on a graphics card, so I'll check out the 560 Ti. Is that compatible with the Mobo that gkay09 linked? Would you recommend anything better with ~$200 to play with?

Thanks much!
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August 11, 2011 8:52:14 PM

gkay09 said:
^ GTX 560 Ti will really be a good boost,... But get this one
EVGA GTX 560 Ti - Good warranty and the Top brand for Nvidia cards,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In that price range, GTX 560 Ti is the better buy,...


I like the suggestion, but my bro wanted a full-size HDMI slot on the card.

What do you think of DIY as a brand? I saw this card, which is the same price after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-133-...

Will this be compatible with the motherboard? Not exactly sure what I have to look at here :\

Thanks!
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August 17, 2011 2:13:41 PM

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