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November 18, 2011 1:23:51 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday

Budget Range: $900 MAX before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Yes, but not much

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I'm building my first gaming PC and using it also as my graduation project. I could always use advice on cutting costs, compatibility, and overall better components. Here is what I've gathered so far:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Missing HDD, will probably buy a Western Digital from Ebay seeing as prices have spiked so much.

Thanks for any comments, advice, and/or concerns.

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November 18, 2011 1:27:21 AM

I dont like the build cause you are spending more on your motherboard than your GPU. For gaming purposes it is GPU and CPU come first not a motherboard. Give me a second to work on a new build
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November 18, 2011 1:45:18 AM

Upgrade to the case you picked if you want, up the RAM to 8GB if you want, upgrade the GPU if you want (the 6950 is on par with a GTX 560 Ti)

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower - $40.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $220.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB - $280.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $30.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM DVD - $20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 OS 64-bit - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $70.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $935 (w/o Shipping/MIRs)
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November 18, 2011 2:00:25 AM

I understand where your coming from in that i should be more invested in the GPU, however the 6950 is a bit out of my price league. Also, I do believe that either your math was incorrect, or you accidentally pressed 7 instead of a 9 because in no way are those items that cheap together lol.
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November 18, 2011 2:04:52 AM

Yeah wrong button its fixed now
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November 18, 2011 2:07:42 AM

Drop the MoBo down to the ASRock Z68 for around $125.00

Drop GPU down to a 560 TI (Gigabyte has one for $220.00)
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November 18, 2011 2:16:36 AM

I'll probably look into a one of the lower end z68's like the one you mentioned. Will probably go with the 560ti, though. Thanks for all the help so far.
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November 18, 2011 2:29:25 AM

No problem ASRock has one for $125 that will do great
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