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January 28, 2012 12:28:32 PM

I'm trying to build a computer for a friend on a $700 budget but I'm feeling pretty constricted by his tight budget. He wants to be able to able to play Old Republic and Skyrim. He hasn't selected a monitor yet so I don't have a resolution but I doubt it will be over 1680x1050. He has $700 now but if I wait a bit I may be able to persuade him to save a bit more money. I've already persuaded him to drop the monitor from his budget and he already has a keyboard and mouse.

Overclocking is up in the air. I'm thinking it's unlikely but it's not out of the question either.

I'd really like to get him an i5-2500 and a GTX 560 Ti but it's just not fitting in the budget. I've always used coursair memory and PSU but that's not really fitting the budget either. Suggestions?

What I'm looking at(newegg):

Foxconn Z68A-S LGA
i5-2500 (also looking at i3-540 if I absolutely have to downgrade)
GTX 560 Ti
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320gb
SeaSonic M12II 620
Windows 7
He can choose his own case
WIll probably need a wireless card as well.

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January 28, 2012 12:39:11 PM

Don't downgrade THAT low, that'll put you one gen back and unable to use the H61/H67/Z68/P67 chipsets. If you have to downgrade then the i3 2100 is doable.

Overclocking would probably put the budget above its mark. I'd suggest getting the EA750w since the Seasonic is $90 already, might as well future proof so he can SLI in the future if he wants to.

Switch to this board so he can SLI

And for the CPU, drop down to the i5 2400 to save a little more money. The i5 2500 and 2400 both perform practically the same so not justifying the $20 increase.
January 28, 2012 3:28:26 PM

Okay, so with those changes, and adding network card, and optical drive:

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 121.99
i5-2400 189.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti 209.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 29.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320gb 99.99
antec EA-750 84.99
Windows 7 99.99
Rosewill RNX-N300 19.99
LG DVD 18.99

TOTAL: $875.91....... that's $175 over budget. I'm just not seeing the cpu/video card fit in this system :/ 
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January 29, 2012 12:40:32 AM

Drop the Asrock, go down to H61, it's all he'll need if he doesn't plan to SLI. I don't think that he will.

Drop the PSU to a Neo Eco 520, perfect amount of power for what he needs.

Drop that HDD, cheaper one here:
$70 Hitachi 500GB
Just as good, Hitachi is now WD I believe.

That's about $105 in savings.

Here's a ram+CPU combo

If you need to drop even lower, switch the 560 ti to the 6870 or 560 GTX no ti.
February 1, 2012 10:42:55 PM
February 1, 2012 11:07:22 PM

its a bit hard going with gtx 560ti. I say for now, get this, then save up and get another 6850 for CF.

Biostar TH67B $80
i5-2400 189.99
Hd 6850 $140
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8gb $40
Hitachi 500gb 7200rpm $70
antec ECO 620w $70
Windows 7 99.99
LG DVD 18.99

Total: $709
February 2, 2012 1:02:25 AM

Bobo you know you can edit posts right?
February 2, 2012 1:46:49 AM

i5 2500k - - $209.99

z68 - -$117.99

case - - $59.98(with shipping)

DVD Drive - - $18.98(with shipping)

HDD - - $84.99

PSU- -$72.98

SID=1jddycalz1kub - 49.99

Fan for processor - - $29.99
Grease - $12.98

H60 water cooling - - $69.99

Graphics card - - $69.99 (daily deals)

Total: $727.87 w/ the fan and grease $754.88with water cooling

If ur friend doesnt OC, then it's $684.89 (the 3 fans in the case will be enough)

EDIT: or you can use this card
February 2, 2012 2:04:47 AM

^ where's the GPU?
February 2, 2012 3:07:18 AM

Nope lol didn't know I could edit posts... Hence my youngster status