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900 dollar budget for gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks from now
Budget Range: less than 900 AFTER REBATES. 950ish before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1. gaming. 2. cpu power and quietness for some game botting.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't matter

Country: US

Parts Preferences: doesn't matter

Overclocking: Yes, getting i5 2500k.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, is it really worth it after micro-shuttering issues and everything?


Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 preferred to use for games (monitor supports it)

Additional Comments: I am near a microcenter, 180 dollar i5 2500ks. Can I use ubuntu? I was wondering. If not, i'll just use windows 7. I'm also near FRY's electronics, they have cheap hard drive deals. I really like the HAF 922 blue edition case. MicroCenter also has mobo and cpu combos, especially for the i5 2500k

Note: if a graphics card is less than 250 dollars, I can get SLI/crossfire, and ill get the second card 7 months from now though. I'll only get SLI/crossfire if it's well worth it

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I need some help getting the best quality for my money. This is what I have come up with so far. I am open to all advice and suggestions. Thanks.

Components List
CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Cpu cooler: xigmatek gaia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082&Tpk=xigmatek%20gaia

Mobo: i5 2500k + discount on a good mobo (There might be some good mobo and cpu combos, so I will wait on this for a bit)

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Hard Drive: WESTERN DIGITAL 750GB BLACK SERIAL ATA/300 7200RPM 32 MB BUFFER HARD DRIVE
http://shop2.frys.com/product/6298520?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Case:I need to get my parts organized to fit within my budget now, so I can get the CASE NOW! Newegg has holiday blowout deals, so I will save 40-50 bucks if I buy the case now!

Edit:
I am continuing this thread to this one because I got help to set up the parts. I just want some verification
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31-202.html
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  1. hello? Anyone here? o.O
  2. I just got two 6870 Hawk from MSI and they max out BF3 on Ultra 60FPS 1920x1080 with only one card I was getting 35-40FPS so its a decent card if you wanna add on later... plus only $215
  3. I heard something about micro-shuttering issues, are you aware of it? Should I choose a 1x radeon hd 6950 2GB twin frozer card?
  4. Get a single card for now, a 6950 if you can. Though in 3 weeks the 7000s may be out and you'll be able to get more for your money.
  5. Yea I had those when I purchased a low quality 6870 like XFX for $160 I switched and it was all gone... it was a problem with the cards bios but it was not micro stuttering I am a pretty competitive gamer and I really need the 60FPS. that 6950 from MSI is amazing from what I hear but I only have the 6870 Hawk so I cannot say exactly other than that the quality on MSI products is really good

    thats why I said 6870 because for the same reason I got that card is cause I am waiting for next gen from AMD or nvidia a single 6870 might be good enough for you they are $195 after rebate right now
  6. I can afford all the way to a 280 dollar graphics card.
  7. I need to get the other parts and I need to verify about what I have in my components list right now.

    Can someone please help me pick the rest of the parts and verify these that I chose? Thanks. I really appreciate it.
  8. I found this haf 932 for 120 bucks. Should I get it now or wait in 2-3 weeks?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
  9. There's huge deals on newegg right now.
  10. Why will you be getting A FULL ATX tower. Get a haf 922 or ELite 210. The ELite 210 is a pretty great case for the prce.
  11. I just found it to be on a good deal, and it's within my budget range for a case.

    I'll go with the haf 922 then. elite doesn't provide enough airflow.
  12. Best answer
    sorry haf922 probably better and its only $60! this sale is like stealing, is it legal?
  13. mershaq said:
    sorry haf922 probably better and its only $60! this sale is like stealing, is it legal?


    if i have money to spare, should i get the HAF 932?

    I still need to figure out the rest of my components. We will leave the MoBo for last because there will be a combo deal.
  14. nope.
  15. Okay well, the HAF 922 and other great cases are on SALE right now. I need to figure out my parts and get the CASE NOW!
  16. Can I please get some help picking out the rest of my parts? Thanks. I really need to know now because I need to figure out the budget for the case, since there are great deals on cases right now. Thanks so much.

    I can get this mobo for 80 bucks on MIR, (95 bucks without MIR)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-512&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

    Is that a good mobo?
  17. Best answer selected by mazchazo.
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