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January 11, 2012 10:13:38 PM

I am looking to upgrade my 2 year old home built system. Please review my specifications. I appreciate any suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 30 days

Budget Range: $500 - 700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, M/S Office Apps, watching movies, gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, power supply, Optical Drive, Vidoe Card, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, MicroCenter retail store

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

Case: Antec THREE HUNDRED $0.00 (re-using)
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610 watt (EPS12V) $0.00 (re-using)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 $154.99
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $179.99
Ram: G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (2x4GB) $46.99
SSD (system): OCZ Technology Agility 3 60GB $109.99
Hard Drive (storage): Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA (OEM) $149.99
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc DVD RW AD-7220S $0.00 (re-using)
Video Card: Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4550 $0.00 (re-using)
Sound Card: built in to MB $0.00
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit $0.00

Total: $641.95
Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: Prices do not include rebates or Micro Center CPU/Motherboard $50 bundle discount

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January 11, 2012 10:34:25 PM

If you plan on sli'ing or oc'ing in the future I would recommend getting a new case. The antec 300 is nice for a budget build but it has little to no features and would not have very good airflow in general. Other than that it looks fine, as long as you need 2tb of storage (if not drop the HDD and reuse an old one until prices drop)