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Budget gaming build $550-$700

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February 3, 2012 1:59:49 PM

Hey everyone this is my first build, i am a pretty big noob in terms of knowledge with parts.

I have compiled a list of what i was looking at
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. and would paying more money now be worth it in the long-run?
thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: not sure, either pretty soon or this summer.

Budget Range: 550-700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing web and that's about it

Parts Not Required: need about everything as its gonna be a whole new computer mouse. keyboard and OS aren't a problem though (will probably get linux or ubuntu)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.canadacomputers.com maybe newegg if shipping is cheap/free

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:none really but i have more knowledge on the AMD HD series for gpus

Overclocking: If it's worth it

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: Doesn't really matter.

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice, but not that important. I usually play games like minecraft and WoW, but I do wish to play high graphic games like bf3 and skyrim.

Here's my list so far:

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Series Black Steel Mid Tower
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... ;46

Psu:Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430 Watt 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... ;40

Cpu:Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... ;140

Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066/800 Mhz 2x PCI-Express 2.0 GigaLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 10x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... ;90

Gpu: Sapphire (11180-00-20R) AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6850 Chipset (775Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4000Mhz) Memory HD Audio Triple Display (Dual DVI) /HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Amd radeon hd 4850 buying from a friend ;$45 if not then:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... ;165

Ram:Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMMs, w/XMP
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... ;45

DVD drive:Samsung SH-S222AL/BEBE SATA Black Light Scribe 22X SpeedPlus DVD-Writer
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3... ;$20

Hard drive:Seagate Barracuda Green (ST2000DL003) 2TB SATA3 6Gb/s 64MB Cache Hard Drive (OEM)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1... ;120

Total:
Approx. $533/$653 (if I go with the 6850)

What do you guys think
Thanks again.




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