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August 14, 2011 1:20:24 PM


I know this question is asked all the time, but I would like an answer more specific to my needs and with less guessing on my part. This is my first time building my own PC and I would like to do so for around $700.

I will be using this rig for HD Movies, HD TV, Music, Gaming, and the usual. No overclocking. At least 2 HDMI ports. USB 3.0 would be nice but not necessary. It needs to be as quiet as possible (I have an HP laptop that is loud and pisses me off). I plan to install both Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

Any advice would be extremely helpful.


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August 14, 2011 3:59:42 PM
August 14, 2011 4:01:20 PM

I left the harddrive up to you as well. your looking around 40-60 bucks for one.
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August 14, 2011 5:16:33 PM

Here's a neat little build in your $700 budget that'll give you great performance from watching movies to online gaming!

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 ($190)

Motherboard: Biostar TZ68A+ ($100)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB DDR3 1600 ($34)

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 ($155)

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 520W ($58)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ($29)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6.0gb/s ($68.48 combo with DVD burner)

DVD Burner: LG DVD Burner 24X ($20, but $0 with combo)

--- Total for the above is a few cents under $635; that'll leave you with a $65 budget to pick your own case (because people are really picky about their cases).
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August 14, 2011 5:39:46 PM

CM 690 II advanced, practicality of a expensive gaming case all in an affordable unit, saw it for 79.99 at NEWEGG, when you see the practicality of that case, it will make you wet.
August 15, 2011 2:16:45 AM

Thanks everyone. I probably should have mentioned that I already have an LCD LED monitor and TV, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Here is what I'm thinking based off your suggestions:

Case: CM 690 II advanced

Processor: Intel Core i5

Motherboard: MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X1K2/8GX
Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DVD Burner: DVD Burner LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

This all comes to $732.92. Is all of this compatible? Are there any other suggestions as far as hardware?

Thanks again!
August 15, 2011 2:30:59 AM

Or maybe the COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
August 15, 2011 6:26:41 AM

Everything looks good!
August 16, 2011 12:48:24 AM

Any suggestions on Solid State Drives?