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September 25, 2011 1:13:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably in two weeks. Once I receive the gift cards.

Budget Range: $800 preferably after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 baby.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country of Origin: Missouri, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first build but I cant wait.

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September 25, 2011 1:36:11 AM

Do you need an operating system like windows 7? If not I have multiple options to follow here:

AMD Route: Probably an overclocked 955 BE CPU along with an 6970 and 8 gigs of RAM.

Intel: i5 2500k with an 9650 that is flashed to a 6970. (Flashing is basically making the card think it is better than it actually is, and it actually would perform just as good as an 6970.) Also, 8 gigs of RAM here too.

Now I don't have a complete parts guide here for you, if someone doesn't put one together for you I will in a little. (Very Sleepy lol) But these would be the basic guidelines here. You could even get a gtx 560ti though, but these above options would be what I would stick around with the CPU and GPU.
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September 25, 2011 1:47:51 AM

No OS needed but thanks for the reply. I neglected to mention that I will need to get most of the parts from
Amazon (gift cards). I am also distracted at the moment with the Mizzou - Oklahoma game. Only happens once a year.
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September 25, 2011 3:10:30 AM

Looks great. I was hoping I could fit the I5 Sandy Bridge into my build. Thank you.
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September 25, 2011 3:46:36 AM

you can save some money here and there. For example on the HDD (get 500 gb or 750 depends on your needs). You could also get a different GPU, or a different version of the 560ti. I am sure others in the community will have better or more suggestions.

On newegg the same build is $865.92 before rebates 800.92 after rebates. The ram is different but it wont really effect the quality of the build. I can post the links if you want them.

You mentioned AMD, but bulldozer is coming hopefully in October so it would be kind of pointless to build AMD b/c your cpu would be 'obsolete' in a month.
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September 25, 2011 8:43:46 AM
September 25, 2011 8:48:30 AM

IF I may ask, how much is your expected amazon gift card? So once we reach that amount, we can pick the rest of the parts wherever is cheaper.
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September 25, 2011 9:34:38 AM

Sky03 said:
IF I may ask, how much is your expected amazon gift card? So once we reach that amount, we can pick the rest of the parts wherever is cheaper.

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September 25, 2011 1:44:08 PM

I have a total of $450 in Amazon cards. Thanks for the replys so far.
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September 25, 2011 3:28:25 PM

I also don't work far from a Microcenter and they have great deals on I5 2500K right now $179.99.
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September 25, 2011 9:24:40 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-Sup... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750 Watt 80PLUS Bronze Performance ATX Power Supply - OCZ-ZS750W

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-G... $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $179.99
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $27.06 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-Channel-240-Pin... $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM BL2CP25664BA160A

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal... $18.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Interna... $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

Total: $799.98
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September 27, 2011 4:58:29 PM

I took parts from both of the above part lists. Thanks for the help.
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September 27, 2011 10:24:19 PM

If you're making a trip to Microcenter for the i5-2500k might as well take advantage of their great 2500k and motherboard combo deals such as http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+525667 or GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard. You get a $40 discount on the motherboard and it also has a $10 mail-in rebate right now! Btw, I actually picked this up my self for one of my builds and am happy to say the motherboard is amazing especially at $119.99 and $10 rebate. Most noteworthy feature is two x8/x8 pci-e slots for future sli and crossfire configurations.

(NOTE: Need to put both in cart to see/get discount)
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October 3, 2011 3:45:29 PM

Best answer selected by Control_tech.
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