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October 11, 2011 4:30:13 PM

Trying to build a gaming/media system for ~$700. Will do my shopping in the local CompUSA. So, according to what they have available in-store, this is what I could come up with:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68MA D2H B3
CPU: i3 2100
RAM: 4GB Kingston HyperX
GPU: EVGA GTX 460SE
PSU*: Diablotek 675W or Cooler Master 600W
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper TX3
HDD: Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm

*Does it need that much wattage or could i get a less wattage PSU?

Any and all help will be appreciated.

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October 11, 2011 5:34:12 PM

...in an Antec 300 case
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October 11, 2011 5:41:19 PM

600w should be fine. I would recommend going with an AMD processor if you can, it'll save money, and from personal experience, they're fine processors (either a Phenom II X4 3.4GHz or a phenom II X6, X6 for if you plan on using the system more for media/multi-tasking). And you should be able to up the 4gbs of memory o 8 without spending much more money. Everything else is fine, tbh small numbers being switched around when building won't really make a difference.
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October 11, 2011 7:33:37 PM

Avoid Diablotek PSUs! They have a dark reputation... Go for Seasonic if you can, or failing that, Corsair or Antec.
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October 12, 2011 4:40:56 PM

So I'm guessing everyone agrees and I should go with an AMD processor?
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October 12, 2011 4:44:50 PM

An i5-2400 or AMD Phenom ii x4. Better the i5-2400 but the Phenom is loads cheaper for a quad :) 
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October 13, 2011 7:31:52 PM

How's this?

MB: Msi 890FXA
GPU: Msi 6770 or better
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black edition
PSU: Ocz 700W

Remember...I'm building this based on what is readily available in my local CompUSA
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