Final Check

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:, 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:

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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  1. 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
  2. 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

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $220.00

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00

    SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB - $280.00

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $30.00

    LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM DVD - $20.00

    Windows 7 OS 64-bit - $100.00

    SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $70.00

    Total: $935 (w/o Shipping/MIRs)
  3. 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.
  4. Yeah wrong button its fixed now
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. No problem ASRock has one for $125 that will do great
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