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Need Advice building a Budget Gaming PC for $600-700

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December 5, 2011 2:56:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: February 2012

Budget Range: $600-$700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, listening to music

Parts Not Required:
RAM: G. Skill Sniper 8 GB DDR3 1600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB
I have a 22” VIZIO with HDMI that I can use for the monitor with a 1080p resolution.
Keyboard & Mouse
I have them. Don’t need them. lol

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: U.S. of A.

Parts Preferences: I honestly can’t decide between the AMD Phenom II X6 and the Intel i5 2500k and as you all know parts choices are really determined after that.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, I would like to use SLI. I was thinking about getting the 450 GTS for like $100 and then another one after the price drop. But I’m open to suggestions.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: The thing is I won’t have all the money together until maybe the end of January but I wanted to start getting ideas together now.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2011 8:22:50 PM

if you can afford it then the 2500k with a Z68 mb is the stronger processor

But he graphics card you have suggested is hopeless for gaming at 1080p . Gaming relies much more on the graphics card than the processor . Even AMD quads costing half as much as a 2500K game as well or better than the 2500k on modern graphically intensive games

So the smart budget buy is
AMD FX 4100
AM3+ Mb with a 970 or 990 series chipset
2 x4 gig of RAM
As good a graphics card as you can afford . GTX 560 or Radeon 6870 for quality gaming at 1080p