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November 20, 2011 9:45:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 500-600 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, amazon or tiger direct. * Please try to stay to 1 site *

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: What ever gets me the biggest bang for my buck.

Overclocking: Yes / (No) / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe: I'm a noob, whats this? Ehh ill google it in a sec

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080p 32in 1080p HDTV Panasonic Viera

Additional Comments: I'm not too picky on noise, although I wouldnt want it very loud... Same thing goes for bling

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a b 4 Gaming
November 20, 2011 11:25:27 PM

HDD prices have gone up that 500 build that you listed would cost higher now.
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a c 239 4 Gaming
November 21, 2011 1:12:36 AM

One way of dealing with high [ only temporary] hard drive prices might be to get an SSD .
A small[ish] model for a boot drive would let you install windows and some games now , and in a month when things return to normal then you will probably have $50 for a 1 terabyte hard drive
a b 4 Gaming
November 21, 2011 1:23:10 AM

prices aren't going to return to normal for maybe a year

right now, a 120 GB SSD is similarly priced to a 1 TB HDD.

what this means is you probably will go with a smaller hard drive and step down on either the processor or step back on the GPU to cover the difference and stay in budget.
a b 4 Gaming
November 21, 2011 1:48:45 AM

here is a $600 build

i5-2400: $189.99

AS Rock H61M-VS: $59.99

G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1333 10666: $22.99

Hitachi 500 GB HDD + free DVD Burner: $99.99

HIS HD6850 + DIRT3: $149.99

Antec Neo Eco 400W 80+ PSU: $44.99

Rosewill R102 micro-atx mini tower: $29.99

total $597.93

Shipping: $4.99

total: $602.92

This is pretty close to identical to my current build.