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Aiming for a pc under $700

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December 19, 2011 9:47:12 PM

Hi, all. Please advice. I posted another configuration several weeks ago but have since had time to look into this again...

Approximate Purchase Date: before year ends

Budget Range: $700, after tax, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photoshop, 3dstudio, gaming, video editing, and general usage

Parts Not Required: Speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: No... maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Decent for photoshop, etc.

Additional Comments: Something quiet would be nice, and something that will last me 3 to 5 years before I have to redo this whole building a computer again.

Do I need to invest in a video card for some light gaming of some recently released gems?

More about : aiming 700

December 19, 2011 10:19:52 PM

oops, below is my setup...

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December 20, 2011 1:45:56 AM

the HD2000 on the i5 2400 can handle casual gaming needs, basicly think of ipad games and maybe a bit more, anything heaver games it can't run decent enough. Here is the link of the review.

also OS? you didn't mention if you need it or not.

cost saving wise, you can go with a h67 board like intel BOXDH67BLB3. It will save you about $25. The difference between h67 and z68 are:
no overclocking, 2400 can't overclock anyway
no quick response, that a SSD related technology and the main difference,
and its an micro atx board which means less pci-e slot, you don't need that many unless you got lot of addon card.
December 20, 2011 1:53:29 AM

not true
they are lower budget quality
but recently had some good ones .. Capstone series
also what about OS do u need one?
December 20, 2011 8:01:19 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the help! I forgot all about the OS, lol. Well, I guess that's an extra hundred dollar there.

Bear95, I've decided to take on your advice on the psu. Zhihao50, thanks for the suggestions... I'm still deciding on what to do. I am looking for some decent graphics card right now.

Anyways, thanks.

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December 20, 2011 9:50:37 PM

i5 2400 $180 ($10 Promo code):
Asrock H61M/U3S3 $75
Sapphire 6770 + Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $142
CX430 $40 ($20 MIR)
WD 500GB $44
NZXT Source 210 $40
Samsung DVD Burner $19
Asus 20" LED $115
Windows 7 64-bit $69
Total: $729 before rebates.

Allows you to play games well @ your resolution, you get OS, close to your budget and USB 3 + SATA 3
December 20, 2011 11:03:15 PM

Damn 70 bucks for os. that's a great find
December 31, 2011 3:32:58 AM

Best answer selected by AlwaysNoob.