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January 23, 2012 9:42:03 AM

:hello: 

This is my first attempt at home built although I did mod a hp PC that sufficed my gaming needs up to this day.

I would like for this pc to run the following: Bioshock 1 & 2, BF3, Crysis, Left 4 Dead 2, and Skyrim.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 565$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School (word and power-point)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, and power supply(Corsair VX450W , 3 years old) , Hard Drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon(no taxes ;) 

Country: U.S California

Parts Preferences: XFX , Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I'd prefer using parts with the best warranty that is honored. If my gpu gets shot i'd like to be able to rma and not be stuck with a brick.


Thank You all in advance for helping :D 

Plasmid :sol: 

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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2012 1:09:02 PM

Nitpicky detail, you are paying taxes either way. Online it is included in the purchase price and in brick and mortar stores it is tacked onto the sticker price. Either way taxes are still going to get paid.

That said, Newegg is a better site than Amazon for building new computers. Amazon only carries peripherals for the most part, so things like motherboards and processors you won't be able to find on Amazon.

Newegg has become virtually the only place that people on TH suggest buying from for people in America due to its combination of good price, good service, and speed of delivery.

As for the build, it depends a lot on what sort of options you are considering for the future.

If you want to leave open the potential to have a second video card installed, that would restrict potential motherboard choices (if you went that route you would need to get a new PSU at the same time as well).

If you want more than 8 GB of RAM potential, that would also restrict your motherboard choices.

I am going to assume that you don't want to do either of those things. If you do want to, it will require potentially changing the build around later.

2400 $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $48 (238)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 2x 4GBs CT2KIT51264BA1339 $40 (278)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 24x DVD $27 (305)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 Case $60 (365)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 6870 $178 (543)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

- edit - typo
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2012 4:56:25 PM

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That said, Newegg is a better site than Amazon for building new computers. Amazon only carries peripherals for the most part, so things like motherboards and processors you won't be able to find on Amazon.


Newegg has become virtually the only place that people on TH suggest buying from for people in America due to its combination of good price, good service, and speed of delivery.


Not only that but I don't think a lot of people are aware that Amazon doesn't sell PC parts directly and they outsource that aspect to other companies and sellers. And they don't take returns if something goes wrong, they leave that up to the individual resellers.

That's what makes Newegg so great is that they have one of the best support and RMA departments I've ever dealt with and a selection with a lot of brands you can't get elsewhere.

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2400 $190


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115074


GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $48 (238)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128527


I know I made a lot of comments recently about Asrock's track record but I think I'd spend a bit more on the motherboard and less on the CPU. This would be my recommended setup:

- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2012 5:44:09 PM

I am very sad about having to suggest a $48 board and I would probably go with one for ~125 if $75 were added to the budget.

The other suggestion is also quite valid as well.

I am not sure which one I would rather take, personally.

Knowing me, I would get the 2400 since I have had a lot of happiness out of cheap micro boards (my current CPU + Motherboard deal was for $90 total).

The i3 2100 processor is very good, though and it is nice to have a better motherboard too.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 23, 2012 6:08:47 PM

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$239.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know it's over your budget amount but yout psu is 3 years old and it's time for a new one and since the XFX video card requires a 500w psu I thought it would be good to get a new psu in order to get a really good video card.
The total for this build is $593.93 so if you can come up with another $30 then this could all be yours.
January 23, 2012 6:41:57 PM

being from ca, you can consider using tiger direct. i've had great service through them and prices are often similar to their newegg counterparts, plus no tax. also, do you live near a microcenter?? ridiculous prices on the core i3 2100 and the core i5 2400, 2500k. you also get $50 bucks off bundling with a mobo from them.

for your resolution and your budget anything above a 6870 is pretty much overkill i'd say.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
xfx 6870, 159.99 after rebates and no tax plus free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good solid power supply for the price, it's a shellshocker so it'll probably sell out soon. (2 pcie connections for the video card too). $43

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
8gb ddr3 1600mhz patriot kit $45

i5 2400 from microcenter - $162 after taxes

DVD burner - $18
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

then you can pick something up like this at a microcenter, but if its too far then this is a good motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$114 after taxes, shipping and mail in rebate. or you can pick something up similar at microcenter and bundle the savings.

and then this case for $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


all comes out to $585, with a much better processor, a great, new efficient power supply, an xfx 6870, and a good motherboard.

if you're far away from a microcenter, you can sub in the i5 2400 for the i3 2100, and come in at budget.
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