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August 10, 2011 4:48:10 PM

Hey Guys, I'm building a new rig for my birthday with my birthday money. I've pulled together some parts that I want to show you, and need advice on if it's good, compatible, and if you can make it any better for the price please do.

Budget: 630$

Pieces;
Ram 4 GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 25$ with coupon
Hard Drive (500 GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 40$

Sata cable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 3.50$

Video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-102-... 180$ with rebate
Case 45$ after mail in rebate and discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$ after rebate

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 100$

-50$ microcenter deal
-20$ first time buyer bonus from newegg

Processor: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 155$
Microcenter mobo: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... 100$ after rebate

TOGETHER=220$!

Total: 610$

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August 10, 2011 5:01:20 PM

I suggest utilizing dual channel instead of single channel.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It costs a little bit more but it'll be better for the speeds as it's in a way distributed between the two stick instead of one.

Or go cheaper and get DDR3 1333. $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1333 to 1600 is virtually no difference at all.

Save some money and get this card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You won't see a huge difference from Vapor-X to this.

Is there Microcenter close to you locally?
August 10, 2011 5:03:24 PM

Yeah, 10 minutes away. Microcenter has the mobo+CPU deal going on too.
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August 10, 2011 7:28:38 PM

The reviews for the mobo have bad reviews on newegg....I'm skeptical. ANy others azn?

Thanks alot so far
August 10, 2011 7:39:28 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are 2 reviews out of 8 that say it is bad. But THG recommends the product. I think it's a solid board. You won't have to worry about those DOA problems or the issues those 2 faced since you're buying from a local store. Most of the time, returning the product would be as easy as that with no questions asked.

But if you really doubt it, this would be the next board I'd recommend.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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