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February 2, 2012 4:07:59 PM

New Gaming PC - First Build - Future Proof as best as possible for under $740

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: Within 2 weeks)

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-740 "Including Tax and Shipping")

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching youtube / movies

Games Played: World of Warcraft, MW2/3, BF2/3, SWTOR

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere. Newegg.com / Amazon.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD GFX Card / Intel CPU

Overclocking: Slightly - If Possible

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Acer 24"

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

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Everything i've planned so far is listed below.
I'd like to know if everything is compatible and if you see any slight
improvements possible in price or performance let me know.
Please keep in mind the Budget.
Thank you :D 

Intel Core i5-2320, <Core x 4> 3.00GHz 3.0 4 LGA 1155 Processor
$189.98 (Free shipping) Amazon.com


Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 1GB 6850
$149.99 (Free Shipping) Amazon.com


Kingston Hyper-Blu 8GB (2x4GB) 1300mhz DDR3
$41.57 (Free Shipping) Amazon.com


Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
$25.99 (Free Shipping) Amazon.com


COOLER MASTER Elite 430
$49.99 (Free Shipping) Amazon.com


18 Inch SATA 7 Pin Serial ATA Hard Drive Cable With 1 Right Angle Connector - Red
$1.59 (Free Shipping) Amazon.com <Extra in case needed>


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - Full OEM - License & Disk
$55.00 (Free Shipping)


ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS <REV 3.0> - LGA 1155 - H61 - COM port - LPT port
$64.11 (Free Shipping) <SURGE PROTECTED - 100% Xtreme Durable> Amazon.com


PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 650W High Performance Power Supply
$73.39 ($8.49 Shipping) SEVEN YEAR WARRANTY! Amazon.com
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TAX Shipping
$651.61 + $55.38 + $8.49
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Total:
$715.48

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February 2, 2012 4:11:20 PM

Get the 2500k, PC Power and Cooling aren't the best, try an XFX or Corsair PSU.
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February 2, 2012 4:16:22 PM

angaddev said:
Get the 2500k, PC Power and Cooling aren't the best, try an XFX or Corsair PSU.

The PC Power has a 7 year warranty. And the 2500k $229.99 Which goes over my limit of $740 compared to the $189.99 i5 - 2320
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February 2, 2012 4:17:29 PM

PC Power and Cooling are unreliable. Get an XFX, Corsair, SEasonic, or Enermax PSU. Also you might want to shop at newegg
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February 2, 2012 4:18:27 PM

I don't understand a thing. If someone want a gaming PC with a small budget why they buy the expensive Intel CPU and not a AMD quad core and a better video card. You don't play with the CPU the heavy duty in gaming is on GPU.
In your place ill buy an AM3+ mobo , Phenom II x 955 , 965 , 960T (with a little luck you can unlock into 6 core) and a 560TI or an 6950 video card , are much bettet than 6850 on 24" fullhd monitor.
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February 2, 2012 4:22:06 PM

Lol, even the PENTIUM G680 beats the Phenom X4 980, the top-of-the-line Phenom.
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February 2, 2012 4:31:04 PM

I have yet to have a problem with pc power. I am pretty sure you probably had a bad experience with the brand.
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February 2, 2012 4:32:43 PM

They use bad components, and skimp on some things like the fan and electronics.
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February 2, 2012 4:53:44 PM

sosofm said:
I don't understand a thing. If someone want a gaming PC with a small budget why they buy the expensive Intel CPU and not a AMD quad core and a better video card. You don't play with the CPU the heavy duty in gaming is on GPU.
In your place ill buy an AM3+ mobo , Phenom II x 955 , 965 , 960T (with a little luck you can unlock into 6 core) and a 560TI or an 6950 video card , are much bettet than 6850 on 24" fullhd monitor.


AMD just isn't worth it at this time for gaming purposes. In a world where the i3-2100, a $125 dual core processor, beats the pants out of every other AMD CPU, it's just not worth it. Maybe if your primary focus is other things that work better with Quad-Core setups, you go with an AMD. At the moment though, AMD users just have to wait and hope for Windows 8.

If your looking to spend <$200 on a processor, go with the i5-2400, it's a extra ghz for the same price.
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February 2, 2012 5:04:42 PM

Aeradom said:
AMD just isn't worth it at this time for gaming purposes. In a world where the i3-2100, a $125 dual core processor, beats the pants out of every other AMD CPU, it's just not worth it. Maybe if your primary focus is other things that work better with Quad-Core setups, you go with an AMD. At the moment though, AMD users just have to wait and hope for Windows 8.

If your looking to spend <$200 on a processor, go with the i5-2400, it's a extra ghz for the same price.


Wow I didn't notice that. Thank you!
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