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January 2, 2012 9:10:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: whenever I complete my build

Budget Range: around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon (free shipping for Hawaii)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: quiet would be nice
This is what I have so far

Case - $99.99 NZXT Technologies H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis CS-NT-H2-B (Black)

CPU - $239.99 AMD FX-8150 FX 8-Core Black Edition Processor (FD8150FRGUBOX)

Motherboard - $153.36 GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU - $159.22 XFX AMD Radeon HD 6770 Graphics Card (HD677XZNFC)

Power supply - $174.99 Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX

Ram - $48.00 Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Harddrive - $104.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

Total is $980.54, any suggestions or problems I missed would be helpful. Thanks

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Part price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cougar 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung TS-H353C DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.32
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-18 21:57 EST-0500)

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January 2, 2012 9:24:24 PM

Gaming - go with intel. I don't know how many times this has been said.
Get a less expensive PSU and a better GPU.
nikorr suggested this in another thread. Then you can think HD6950 or GTX560Ti.
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January 2, 2012 9:30:56 PM

Dish moose is right!

For about the same price you should be able to pick up a 2500k and a Z68 board which will do better than the 8150 in just about everything so its definitely the better choice.

You went for the top shelf PSU but only a lower mid range GPU, drop down to something like the 750 TXV2 or one of the XFX 750 W units, they are still good units but will save you about $60 which can go towards a better GPU like a 6950.
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January 2, 2012 9:41:05 PM

You have included a high performance processor and a relatively weak graphics card so it will only be an average gaming machine .

Try intel 2500K
Z68 motherboard
and then look at graphics cards like the Radeon 6870 as the MINIMUM for that resolution
January 19, 2012 1:01:38 AM

Completely new build :) 
August 30, 2012 10:54:51 PM

bluesharpie said:
Completely new build :) 

I do agree with the post above. The PSU that you have selected is a complete overkill for that system. For some reason people think that more power gives them a better computer.. it does give you a bigger electrical bill, that is about it for a normal system. If you want a well balanced system I would personally go with a AMD system to cut done some prices and get a SSD and a better motherboard. I would recommend going with the AMD 7-series graphics cards.. 7850 or higher. If you have anymore questions please let me know.. I build computers at work all the time! (I do build Intel systems because we do not really have a budget and we need the absolute best!)

This is a quick build that I just made. It has a smaller hard drive.. but it will run much faster then the Seagate.

$1050 after tax and shipping

Do some research on how to get Windows 7 for free.. and purchase/use a USB flash drive or a usb disk drive to install windows. AND.. if you get the FX-8150 follow my overclock guide at the link below to improve the performance by 15% by disabling.. 4 of the cores! :o 

Overclock Guide: