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<$700 gaming build, second time. Thoughts, secret codes, advice?

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January 25, 2012 12:12:29 AM

Hi there! It's tax time! Which means UPGRADE!
I've only sort of built one computer before this one. I'm very new to it, so any advice, cheaper stuff you find, hidden treasures, critiques and peanut gallery style comic book criticisms are welcome and appreciated muchly!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of february, some pieces now possibly (if they are clearance etc)

Budget Range: <$700, the cheaper the better!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming < gaming < games

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.newegg.com is my lazy store, but I'm up for anything.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No particular preference

Overclocking: Probaly not, don't know how yet.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not a necessity.

I am just looking for something to play recently released high demand games on med high-high settings. Budget is important, but quality is nice!

The lewt:

CPU - $89.99 AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX645WFK42GM - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- $99.99 ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - $39.99 Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Will look a little later, the inflation prices are so extreme.

PSU - $59.99 APEVIA ICEBERG ATX-IB680W-GN 680W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply With 3-Color LED Lights
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - $59.99 Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Four Fans - 2 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan, Support up to 6 Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER - $29.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- $79.99 ASUS VE Series VE205T Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd burner- $18.99 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total in cart: $643.91

Saving the last bit till 700 for the ridiculous hd prices. Thank you for looking!!

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January 25, 2012 12:28:30 AM

Check out my $600 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
The i5 2400 is much better than the AMD chips even with overclocking and the 6870 is a great card for gaming, not the best but a solid buy for the money. The Neo Eco 520w is a more efficent and reliable PSU than the Apevia unit, from actual reviews I've seen the Apevia isn't very good or reliable.

Just to change something up in my build, I'd switch the MB to the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 so you can Crossfire in the future:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And change the PSU to the Antec 650w EarthWatts to allow future Crossfire as well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both additions would total the build up to roughly $620 since you don't need the HDD just yet.

i5 2400 vs FX-8150 (Flagship as of now)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=363
As you can see in gaming the i5 2400 performs better and in most of the general benchmarks.

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January 25, 2012 9:32:59 PM

^ Well if OP doesn't need the HDD now then he'll be able to afford the monitor and i5 2400+6870 now.
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