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Budget minded gaming rig, taking advantage of Black Friday deals.

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November 12, 2011 1:45:55 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Buying parts thru xmas looking at Black Friday deals for budget

Budget Range: 600-700 After Rebates

System Usage: gaming, surfing the internet

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

Preferred Website(s) for, Frys,TigerDirect,Microcenter

Country: USA, Chicagoland

Parts Preferences: Quality proven with time to build with on sale/value items.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:currently using on older pc 1440x900,

Just looking to build a mid level gaming rig on the cheap... Im not a hardcore gamer, my old pc is just too old to play anything. I dont ever expect to run multiple video cards but to update as neccesary. I would hope to get at least a couple years out of this setup with a new gpu/ram update at that time.

Here's what i found so far...

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for $69 looks like a winner.

a OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply for $45

for the cpu/mb combo i was looking at Micro Center 2500k plus Z68mb

GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

Im still debating on video card but leaning hard towards a 6870 for around $160. as opposed to a straight up 560. Holding out hope that sometime on BF or Cyber Monday a 560ti comes available for under $200.

Looking for any and all feedback. I have older cd/dvd drives as well as a couple older hard drives than i can salvage for now. Mostly looking for feedback on CPU/MB/PS/GPU/RAM
i want to get a ssd drive in the near future, that plays into my choice of Z68 MB. I like the idea of the 64g ssd cache.

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November 12, 2011 1:51:15 AM

Forgot to mention the Micro Center cpu/mb combo is $220... $179 for I5 2500k and $60 off the MB.... wow! there are a several diff MB combos available all with the same $60 off deal.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2011 1:51:59 AM

A 6870 would be best because at your res, it will be able to play anything. Get G.skill ripjaws 8gb DDR1600. It should only be about $45.

Everything else is good.
November 18, 2011 11:47:41 PM

Best answer selected by regnivelc.