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October 8, 2011 11:42:46 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 week of October

Budget Range: 600 - 750 / After MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes 1st build | No 2nd build

SLI or Crossfire: Yes 1st build | No 2nd build

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Combo deals? Suggest a case, psu?

Build 1:


PSU: OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W - $99.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99
GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC - $244.99
CPU: Core i5 2500K - $179.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $32.99
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD II - $29.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $59.99
COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $29.99

TOTAL: $810 / $765 After MIR

Build 2:

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 - $69.99
GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC - $349.99
CPU: Core i5 2400 - $149.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $32.99
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD II - $29.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $59.99

TOTAL: $763 / 743 After MIR
October 8, 2011 12:45:31 PM

First one for sure, if you want to make that one a bit cheaper you could lose the CPU cooler and get it some other time.
October 8, 2011 10:29:07 PM

Will 4 gb of ram do good in gaming?
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October 8, 2011 10:51:29 PM

Yeah 4GB is fine for gaming, not sure 8GB would even make a difference in FPS at the moment.
October 10, 2011 11:36:56 PM

Thanks for clearing that for me. I'm still looking for a good case for under $100 with good air flow, cable management etc.

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October 11, 2011 8:28:54 PM
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The 690II is a good one, it really is easy to build into. Great cable management and the cooling is very good too.

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

Theres enough cash left over to get a second top exhaust fan there as well.

Alternatively take a look at the Antec 300, CM Storm Scout or maybe the Fractal Design Define R3.
October 12, 2011 10:56:18 PM

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