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$500 Budget i-2500k

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January 17, 2012 7:12:37 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: 450 - 500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop and Illustrator CS5 for graphic and web design is priority. No gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker, Monitor. Anything not liste
d below.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter

Country: US

Overclocking: Yes but not immediately. And only conservative overclocking.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200

Additional Comments: First build in 10 years so please be patient. Was going to go the AMD route until I found the Microcenter deal on the i5-2500k + $50 discount on motherboard and couldn't resist. Very open to suggestions. Plan on overclocking it at some point and adding a second hard drive. May add a graphics card at some point to take advantage of CUDA or for dual monitors but will likely be low end.

MICROCENTER: i5 2500k @ 179.99

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard. @ 109.99 - $50 combo deal = 59.99

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model - 39.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -79.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - 19.99

Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply - 59.99

This has me at $451 including shipping.

Thanks for your time!

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