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January 6, 2012 2:52:01 AM

Howdy all, I am looking to put together a new system. This will be my first in quite a few years, and after doing some surfing, I thought it might be best to get some advice on what components to purchase.


Approximate Purchase Date - Within the next month.

Budget Range: Top end is $700.00 (before rebates if possible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, monitors headphones/speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect, but I am flexible here.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none - would prefer intel most likely

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: perhaps in the future?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like to get Windows 7 - and I have 2 monitors, so a video card that supports that would be preferable (I don't use the second monitor for gaming much, since most games don't support it, but i do use it for work/school)

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January 6, 2012 8:26:59 AM

Here's a build that goes over budget but get the job done. However if you find it difficult to afford do look into the suggestions below:

CPU & RAM: $212- i5 2400 & Corsair (2X 4GB) 1333 Mhz

OS: $100- Windows 7 Home Premium Sp1 64bit

Motherboard: $75- Biostar Th67+

PSU: $40 - Corsair CX430

GPU: $165- Sapphire Radeon 6870

HDD :$80- Hitachi 500GB

Case: $30 -Xclio Godspeed

Optical Drive: $18- LG

Total(Excluding Rebates): 721 USD

Rebates: 45 USD

If you have old parts like an HDD or Optical Drive try to use it. It will bring the cost down
However if it is not possible downgrade the GPU to Sapphire Radeon 6850 worth $140.. Save $25.
If you re not interested in USB 3.0 orSata 6Gb/s support in your motherboard . Consider downgrading to Biostar H61 worth $50. Save $25
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January 6, 2012 8:47:18 AM
January 6, 2012 1:20:53 PM

my build is meant for future crossfire and its only a bit over his budget
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January 6, 2012 2:20:08 PM

after some thought i will recycle my hdd for now and optical drive. This frees up some funds for other things.

I like 9_breakers build but I wonder...his build has an AMD cpu which seems superior to any intel chip for the price,,,,am I hamstringing myself by sticking to intel?

Also and forgive my ignorance how does that gpu stack up? and will not needing an hdd and optical drive allow some upgrades?

My goal is to be able run skyrim reasonably well, and i like the ability to upgrade to crossfire later.
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January 6, 2012 4:03:36 PM

without a hdd and optical you can get a 2500k for $3 more .

or you could get a 6870 and a 212 evo.

or a 6950 and a 500w psu but you wont be able to crossfire.
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January 6, 2012 4:04:20 PM

greyshades said:
after some thought i will recycle my hdd for now and optical drive. This frees up some funds for other things.

I like 9_breakers build but I wonder...his build has an AMD cpu which seems superior to any intel chip for the price,,,,am I hamstringing myself by sticking to intel?

Also and forgive my ignorance how does that gpu stack up? and will not needing an hdd and optical drive allow some upgrades?

My goal is to be able run skyrim reasonably well, and i like the ability to upgrade to crossfire later.

That GPU will do even better than it little brother which is still great. http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_r6850_cyclo...
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January 6, 2012 6:31:55 PM

greyshades said:
after some thought i will recycle my hdd for now and optical drive. This frees up some funds for other things.

I like 9_breakers build but I wonder...his build has an AMD cpu which seems superior to any intel chip for the price,,,,am I hamstringing myself by sticking to intel?

Also and forgive my ignorance how does that gpu stack up? and will not needing an hdd and optical drive allow some upgrades?

My goal is to be able run skyrim reasonably well, and i like the ability to upgrade to crossfire later.


If you recycle HDD & Optical Drive You will save $100 approx. With this you can easily upgrade your CPU/GPU & Motherboard and if possible the PSU to allow SLI/Crossfire in the future.

Also i5 2500K which i'm recommending now is much better than any of the AMD processors including bulldozer.
Here's a proof :
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434

CPU & RAM: $241- i5 2500K & Patriot 2x 4GB

Motherboard & PSU: $160- MSI P67A G43 & Corsair CX500 (SLi/Crossfire capable motherboard, a decent PSU)

GPU: $210- Gigabyte gtx 560Ti

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January 7, 2012 12:29:24 AM

z_4 I think you did it. I was poring over the responses, sort of trying to create my own mix, but I think yours will do the trick.

Will let you know!
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January 14, 2012 1:14:48 AM

Best answer selected by greyshades.
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