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August 13, 2011 9:17:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks


Budget Range: $600 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching movies, photoshop/illustrator, gaming (call of duty, battlefield bc2, starcraft 2)


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, optical drive


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and microcenter (live near a store)


Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: Prefer intel but open to any suggestions. Also like the HAF 912 or Antec 300 cases


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in future)


Monitor Resolution: Currently have 1920x1080 and 1280x1024


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August 14, 2011 4:44:26 AM

So far I've come up with this:

Microcenter:

2500k + Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 mATX Intel Motherboard for $280 with tax

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 6850 $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 Illusion $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek 600W PSU $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microcenter total = $280 Newegg total = $330

Grand total = $610

Any thoughts?
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August 14, 2011 9:03:44 AM

Looks good to me. Can't see any problems. Good luck with your build!
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August 14, 2011 1:07:43 PM

my thoughts, the gigabyte boards are more problematic than most others. cant argue with the pricetag though.

you are going to need an after market cooler. no sense in z68 and a k series cpu and no overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm seeing a lot of complaints about DOA in the newegg reviews for that PSU. Quick glance at the newegg sales:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps. I know you have a budget, but in retrospect, an extra 70 dollars or whatever might save you a huge headache.
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August 21, 2011 4:57:08 AM

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