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February 5, 2012 12:24:33 AM

Hello all. I'm very new here and would like to get suggestions for my new system. It's probably going to be a bare bones system for the most part which is fine as I plan on updating some things as time and money allows. I'm pretty open about most of the system since I've been out of the loop for a VERY long time so I realize I can't make any knowledgeable choices on my own at the moment. The only thing I am pretty set in stone about is I want it to have the intel i5 2500k processor in it. Other than that I'm pretty open. I am looking for reliability, semi future proofing, and a good bag for buck ratio. The only reason I can afford a new system at all is due to my small but happily received income tax refund. The budget is around $470-580ish.(if rebates are involved maybe a little more) I do have two old hard drives I could use if that helps with the budget but I don't know if that would be the wisest thing to do as they are 5400rpm and I suppose they could slow the system down? Anyway main use for this system will be gaming and video conversion, with some average use as well.(web surfing and playing/burning dvds) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please list everything I would need as I have no clue..lol. Thanks.
February 5, 2012 1:53:07 AM

Do you live near a microcenter.
February 5, 2012 2:00:41 AM

No but funny you said that. I've been looking at their website off and on all day. Here are some things I found that "look" like they might work but I don't know much about the companies or hardware to be honest.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 CPU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... PSU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... mobo
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM
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February 5, 2012 2:20:54 AM
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i5 2500k $180
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 $122
Lg 22x $18
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1333 1,5V $30
Antec ECO 620w $70
Sapphire 6850 $135
Cooler Master Elite 430 $38

Total: $593
February 5, 2012 11:35:58 PM

Ok thinks for the suggestions somekidxd. What do you think of this case?
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0308296
Also my best friend talked me into raising my budget a bit.(i was trying to hold on to a little of my tax refund just in case..lol) So if there is something you feel could be upgraded for a little bit extra then please let me know. I had an extra $110 I could add to the budget if needed I would just want the upgraded hardware to be more then minimally better or why bother right.
February 6, 2012 12:23:14 AM

I actually looked at that system yesterday. I loved the price but what really turned me off of it was that as I understand the whole barebones kit thing you can't make substitutions or upgrades to the kit.(i may be wrong but I thought that was part of the deal) I would definitely have to swap out that mobo as the reviews on it were horrible. Go to newegg and check some of them out. I had some other things that I really didn't like as far as hardware in the kit but I could have lived with it if it weren't for the case and the mobo. I know I could always swap those out but by the time I did that I may as well have just put a system together and save myself the trouble. At least that's how it seems. Thanks for the link though I really do appreciate it.
February 6, 2012 12:27:28 AM

Well its a buy you do now and replace parts as you want it lets you have a pc to use while you get a new psu and motherboard.
February 12, 2012 11:03:18 PM

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