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Decided Against Cyberpc, 700 budget build help please!

Last response: in Systems
January 4, 2012 4:41:58 AM

Hello again! So I posted on the forum about my comp build and had some questions on there. After getting a few good suggestions from you guys about building my own, I decided against them and decided to build my own pc using basically the same parts that were suggested to me. Well after adding them to my cart I forgot to calculate tax into my budget and had to go a bit slower on some parts. Unfortunately not knowing much about the difference in parts the only thing I could think of was slowing the processor down and my cd/dvd drive a bit cheaper. I was thinking maybe a different Motherboard and an AMD quad/six core processor but wasn't sure what would be comparable to the core i5 I have selected and what would be good for my needs. Well any ideas/suggestions would help a ton. I'm pretty close to my budget. So here is what I have:

Approximate Purchase Date: Jan 4-9 ish, pretty much as soon as I reach my budget

Budget Range: $700ish pretax....pretty much 750ish after tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming the Gameing, Web Surfing, Music/Movies, everything else

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA, California

Parts Preferences
: Ones that don't blow up asap or ship DOA often

Overclocking: No....Maybe if I learn to do it and feel the need to, but hoping not having to

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is...dual graphics cards?

Monitor Resolution: Currently have a 32 Inch Monitor running at 1360 x 768 and a 19 Inch running at the same, would like to run at 1920s

Additional Comments: Doesn't have to be fancy pants looking

Tower: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...

Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

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

Power: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CD/DVD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total: 745.48 prerebates with 54 in tax.

Once again, thanks for all your help in advance, I really wish I knew what the heck I was looking at as far as specs go, this would probably be much easier for me and I wouldn't have to bug people(specifically you guys, lol). Also, does the build look decent?
January 4, 2012 4:53:44 AM

Looks pretty decent, are you by any chance close to a Microcenter locally?

You could check out my $600 build and see how you like that.

But, yes, SLI/CF is dual cards. I don't think you're going to need it. In which case I would suggest you check out my $600 :D 

As for your resolution, you can't want to run at 1920x1080 if your max resolution is 1360x768, or do you mean you're going to buy a 1080P monitor? You can always use dual monitors in which case I would strongly suggest this GPU.

Sapphire 6950 2GB $260 ($20 MIR)
I'd suggest trying to stick with Amazon just to layoff taxes.
January 4, 2012 3:54:04 PM

Was looking around and though maybe I'd switch to this mobo and processor combo, what do you think? Not sure what mobo to pick though

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

was thinking this one due to it having the usb 3.0 ports, 2 pci e 2.0 slots, up to 32 gig ram and am3+ so I could upgrade the processor later on down the road if I wanted. That or this next one....

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

That'd drop me about 80 bucks and it looks like I could upgrade in the future...unless I read stuff wrong. I was looking only to cut about 30 bucks from my previous list, so I could even bump up the Graphic Card or maybe just the ram another 8 gig and still save a little. What do you guys think?