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December 11, 2011 5:23:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime between now, and Sunday, December 18th

Budget Range: 600-700 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Main use), Surfing the internet, Watching movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.Newegg.com www.Tigerdirect.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:I would like to use a Phenom II X3 72 and overclock it

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024

Additional Comments: I would like it to be quiet, and decent cooling. Mostly this will be used for gaming, mainly Skyrim. I don't really care too much about looks.

Here are my parts so far
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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December 11, 2011 7:18:52 AM

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December 11, 2011 8:07:03 AM

If you want to go the AMD route with the cpu u selected, can possibly unlock to a quad, can overclock and crossfire ready:

X3 720 Corsair A70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE HD 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock 870 Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill 8gb 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HITACHI 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung DVD/CD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$583 with $75 MIR

Most will advise to go with intels new SB, here is a dual core and a single card board that will let u use 4 memory slots at speeds over 1333, better platform than AMD and gives u the option to upgrade and overclock later on. You could also fit a quad in your budget and lower the gpu if you really intend to play at 1280x1040:

Above parts minus cpu combo n mobo
i3-2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$587 with $75 MIR

EDIT: Can go this route if you want the best gaming cpu atm and have a crossfire/sli board:
i5-2500k & GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
With above parts $705 with $55 MIR
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December 11, 2011 8:26:25 AM

AMD 960T + PNY 8GB DDR3 1333 $129 (Better performance than 955 and possibility to unlock 6 core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 560 Ti 1GB $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Neo Eco 520w $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300 Illusion $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WD Blue 250GB 7200RPM $44
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59705&vpn=WD2500AAKX&m...
Asus DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $587 before rebates
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December 18, 2011 3:45:22 AM

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