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December 21, 2011 4:40:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Over Christmas

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1080 HDTV

Additional Comments: Is there any components that are not compatible or better to be replaced


Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
Graphics: Asus AMD 6850 1GB
Ram: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM
Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Tower Case: Antec 300
Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS
Software: Windows 7 64bit
December 21, 2011 4:45:50 PM

Looks good but are you planning on upgrading in the future? You might want to get a full ATX motherboard so you can grab a second video card to run crossfire in the future. Do you have a microcenter nearby? You can usually find a good deal on a motherboard/processor combo. They usually have good deals on just processors as well so you can probably snag a 2500k for roughly the same price you'd pay for that 2400, which would allow you to have more OC ability.
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December 21, 2011 4:50:45 PM

no micro center near buy unfortunately! and own a strict budget, is there any better motherboards you know of around the $100 region or under?
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December 21, 2011 5:29:46 PM

Whats the Monitor Res? you Say its 1080p Wth HDTV enabled but u dont say what res, its 1600x1200?.

What Types of games Are you playing? i Play my games on ps3 or xbox, and some online games like Sc2, League of legends, Tf2 and Dungeon Defenders on the PC. If you are like me you wont need to spend that much.
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December 21, 2011 5:54:40 PM

Looking to playing BF3, MW3, Dead Island etc
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December 21, 2011 7:05:33 PM

I'd probably suggest this one since I like Gigabyte and it seems to fit your needs if you don't mind not having USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If USB 3.0 is something you'd really like, then you can make sacrifices elsewhere like 1 PCI-E slot, so no SLI/CFX. Really up to you.
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