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January 13, 2012 1:53:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Current deals used end 1/16

Budget Range: Around $550 give or take, this includes cost of OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (currently things like LOTRO, nba2k11), netflix, web

Parts Not Required: Just building the computer and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1360x768

Additional Comments: This is what I currently have:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

With discounts and combos that total is 519 currently (not 567), and still need a case and a run of the mill dvd player. Wondering if theres anything that can be improved without spending more, or anything I can go cheaper on without losing anything, and of course whether this stuff all works together or not. Also a good recommendation on a case. Thanks. =)

Edit: Break down of costs in my wishlist with discounts

HD - 80
Video card - 135 - 15 rebate
PSU - 50 - 20 rebate
Processor - 68
Windows - 90
MOBO/memory combo - 90

Total - 519 - 35 rebate

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January 13, 2012 2:19:10 AM

You can probably get similar performance from something like this.

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $577 before shipping and taxes (if applicable)
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January 13, 2012 2:57:52 AM

Here is what I'd consider:

~$122 shipped!
AMD Athlon II x3 450 & Biostar AM3 mobo

~$110 - $20 MIRc = $90!! Comes with FREE Dirt3 game!
SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

~$126
Same HD and Memory you selected

~$50 shipped! Comes w/3 x 120mm fans and just about all you need for a basic good case!
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan

~$42 - $5 MIRc = $37! Has 1 x 6 pin PCI-e power connector for the 6770 or even a 6850. Also comes w/30A on the 12v rail so your GPU is powered well.


~$18 shipped! Basic good DVD burner.
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total ~$568 - $25 MIRc = $543!! Hard to beat that at this price.

Some drawbacks:

* You are limited to 2x RAM slots and your max RAM is 8 gb's which you'd be at with this build.
* Not much expansion left on the mobo, so you will be limited a bit, but not much.
* The PSU is good up to about a 6850 (6870 is possibly could be possible)

Pro's:

* This meets your budget requirements, with Case and DVD included!!
* Should be able to game with the latest games, might have to bring down some settings on the latest games.
* Might unlock the Athlon II x3 to a Athlon II x4??


Things to consider:

* I'd probably opt for an AM3+ based mobo if you can afford it. You might want to upgrade to Bulldozer, if they get it fix or get it to perform better with a modern OS.
* The PSU should be around 430-500w for a 6870 or better, if you plan to upgrade that at a later date.
* If your a student you could get the OS for much cheaper through your student store or possibly buy a copy from a friend who is a student, thus allowing you more $ for a GPU/CPU/Mobo for this build.
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January 13, 2012 3:11:21 AM

I sort of left out an important part of my first post as far as pricing, I included total price with savings, but not what Id be saving on, my mistake. As the power supply is only 30 dollars after rebate with the one I listed. Going to update my first post with that. I do like the case listed by lunyone though. As far as student discount I think my cousin is the only person I could ask on that, and not sure that their bookstore sells that stuff. Whats student pricing on that roughly?
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January 13, 2012 4:47:35 AM

Well there used to be a $30 for students, but currently all I can find is Windows 7 Pro for $65 (download only, or + $14.95 for download and $65 for download = $80).
You can find here.

* 6850 for $120 is a good buy!
* $30 for the PSU is a good buy too, if you expect to get the rebate.

So....
* $30 more for 6850
* $7 less for PSU
^^^ are all after rebate prices

Total price after adjustments above: ~$570
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