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$400 Gaming PC build (Somewhat of a first)

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November 25, 2011 9:35:12 AM

Hello, I plan to purchase a new gaming PC within the week. I am recycling a few components from my current build, but I want to purchase a few drastic upgrades.

Approximate Purchase Date: Operating by Christmas (preferably sooner)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, surfing

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, Hard Drive, OS, CD Drive and graphics card (I have a GeForce GTS 450 Galaxy).

Parts Required: Case, PSU, RAM, Motherboard and CPU.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and TigerDirect

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: open to suggestions

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not.

Additional Comments: I would like to play my games at medium-high settings (Preferably higher) without any serious lag.

Games I plan to play: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, TF2, Battlefield 3, Dead Island. In short, shooters and RPGs.

I looked around and found some parts I wanted to buy. Please feel free to recommend anything better and tell me if all the parts are compatible including the ones that i am recycling.

CPU and Motherboard bundle:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case and PSU bundle:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Thank you for your time.

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November 25, 2011 10:17:39 AM

Not really a Tiger Direct fan. Better deals can often be had elsewhere. One place you might check out is Microcenter.com. Unfortunately some of the best deals are "in store" only, so unless you live close to one, no such deals. However, they do have other good deals at times.

I also do not care for Biostar. Had three boards over the years and all went bad. I prefer Gigabyte boards, and ASUS and some MSI will do in a pinch.

I do not have any experience with Diablotek, but I don't recall them being revered for their power supplies. If the specs on the PSU are factual, then it should be OK. You might look at this PSU instead. I have one and it is very good. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

You could then get a decent case separately for $50 or less at Newegg. They have the same deal on the PSU BTW.

I have also seen deals on that and similar ram for as low as $19.99 after rebate.

Having said all that, gaming performance is still mostly determined by vid card.
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