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February 6, 2012 7:05:36 PM

I have 1000 dollars to work with and am saving 50 dollars for possible tax. I am limited to Amazon so please dont show me suggestions from other places like newegg. Here is what I have.

I already have keyboard,mouse,speakers.

700 Watt Power Supply http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003EH7TKA/ref=ox_sc_a...

Radeon 6950 2gb http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ULZ7YY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Windows 7 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_a...

HD LED 22 Inch Tv http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HFCDLY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005484N9W/ref=ox_sc_a...

Dvd Drive http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

i5 2500k http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cooler Master Case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O8J11E/ref=ox_sc_a...

500Gb 7200 RPM http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Kingston 8gb 1600mgz Ram http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TO5C0/ref=ox_sc_a...

Total- 1157 ( OVER MYYY BUDGETT!!%^&* )

I need help on knocking a few dollars off this ( 157 to be exact :heink:  )

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- Do you think the 700 watt power supply is junk? Its the cheapest on amazon i could find and has 3 good ratings from people but its just so cheap from others. I dont care about power it takes because im in apartment and therefore electricity is payed same every month no matter what.

-Is the graphics card good. Would nvidia be better. Comparing 560 ti nvidia with this i found the 6950 is better but still should i get this card? Could i get a cheaper card and still get high ultra performance in games?

- I dont want to switch motherboards for awhile so i want a good one. Is the one i picked good. I want to the motherboard to have as much new features around the price the motherboard i picked is.

-And lastly, is their a better case for the money ( 49.99 )

I really want differnet peoples opinions and ideas. Any help is appreciated. Also i definetly want an intel proccesor.

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February 6, 2012 7:11:58 PM

nevermind... why limited to amazon?
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February 6, 2012 7:12:58 PM

Edit- I heard about PCIE 3? I kinda really want that since thats the upcoming new thing on motherboards with ivy bridge cpu's and video cards taking advantage of it.
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February 6, 2012 7:14:22 PM

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- Do you think the 700 watt power supply is junk? Its the cheapest on amazon i could find and has 3 good ratings from people but its just so cheap from others. I dont care about power it takes because im in apartment and therefore electricity is payed same every month no matter what.


When you buy a PSU the ratings on Amazon are the least important thing you need to worry about. What you need to look for is the energy efficiency rating - 80+ bronze minimum is what you want. Silver and Gold are better, but bronze is the standard for the most part. Apevia is a flat-out junk brand - I had one of their cases and the front USB ports shattered, the temperature guage never gave correct readings, and the LED lights and eventually door fell off. I swapped it for an HAF 912 and it's been really great so far.

This would be a far better PSU for the same money: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...

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-Is the graphics card good. Would nvidia be better. Comparing 560 ti nvidia with this i found the 6950 is better but still should i get this card? Could i get a cheaper card and still get high ultra performance in games?


You really can't go wrong with either. NVIDIA has one of the best manufacturers and that's EVGA. Radeon has Sapphire and XFX. But the biggest question in deciding these is do you ultimately want to run a multiple monitor display? If so Radeon is the way to go. If not go with the 560TI.

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- I dont want to switch motherboards for awhile so i want a good one. Is the one i picked good. I want to the motherboard to have as much new features around the price the motherboard i picked is.


Gigabyte is one of the best manufacturers on the market, no question. The one you picked is probably a mid line board. I'd recommend this one for only a $10 difference:

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboards-...

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-And lastly, is their a better case for the money ( 49.99 )


Yes, the Elite 430 certainly isn't a bad choice, but one of these would be better:

- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...
- http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-External-Inte...
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February 6, 2012 7:14:47 PM

autoordnance said:
nevermind... why limited to amazon?
Nevermind what? And due to having more money with a combination of Amazon Credit and a MasterCard.
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February 6, 2012 7:19:55 PM

Thanks, though the psu is like 30 dollars more than the one picked. Does the motherboard have PCIE 3.0 on it ?
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February 6, 2012 7:21:22 PM

I am buying some parts from Amazon myself. Good luck with the build!

For PSU, I personally recommend the Antec Earthwatts 750W. It is from a very reliable manufacturer, is 80+ BRONZE Certified, and has pretty good amperage on the 12V rail (important). :) 
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February 6, 2012 7:23:50 PM

azeem40 said:
I am buying some parts from Amazon myself. Good luck with the build!

For PSU, I personally recommend the Antec Earthwatts 750W. It is from a very reliable manufacturer, is 80+ BRONZE Certified, and has pretty good amperage on the 12V rail (important). :) 


Thanks good luck too you, though that psu is like 40 dollars more than the psu i picked out and am already over budget haha.
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February 6, 2012 7:26:08 PM

ACRabbit said:
Thanks, though the psu is like 30 dollars more than the one picked. Does the motherboard have PCIE 3.0 on it ?


Actually no it doesn't but even the most recent cards like the 7970 and 7950 will default to PCI-E x 2.1 right now so you don't really need to worry. If you want to be sure though maybe try this board as it does; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PSU is one area that is really one of the most important parts of the system, and it's one area where you do not want to skimp or things could end very badly. There's a couple of really good resources on PSUs that were posted on the main site and I'd heavily suggest reading them:
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-protec...
- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-re...
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February 6, 2012 7:27:31 PM

it look at the Raedon HD 6790 if you need to shave a few (90) bucks... good card that will do most of what you need it to... I wouldnt skimp on processor/mb any more than you already are..

honestly I would save up a bit more to jump up to a i7/2600k and look at a better PSU, hate to put all of your money on a sub-par power supply.. then as long as you are saving up you might as well pony up for the MSI FrozrIII PE/OC 6950 -- I have two of them and both were able to unlock to 1536 shaders(6970).. bang for the buck...
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February 6, 2012 7:29:15 PM

keep in mind... I struggle with keeping my pc's on the cheap... last setup cost me 3400.... dont tell my wife.
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February 6, 2012 7:32:08 PM

Thanks ill get a 80 bronze power supply then. I got alot of things to go over now so i got all i need from this. Thanks everyone for the quick feedback.
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February 6, 2012 7:33:44 PM

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February 6, 2012 7:35:50 PM

I would knock off the 2GB and get the 1GB 6950. Unless you plan on using more than one monitor ever, 1GB VRAM is plenty. That knocks about $20 off.

Do you live near a microcenter? If so, you can get the i5-2500k for $50 cheaper and along with that $50 less on the MOBO you are buying from Amazon.
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February 6, 2012 7:36:33 PM

autoordnance said:
it look at the Raedon HD 6790 if you need to shave a few (90) bucks... good card that will do most of what you need it to... I wouldnt skimp on processor/mb any more than you already are..

honestly I would save up a bit more to jump up to a i7/2600k and look at a better PSU, hate to put all of your money on a sub-par power supply.. then as long as you are saving up you might as well pony up for the MSI FrozrIII PE/OC 6950 -- I have two of them and both were able to unlock to 1536 shaders(6970).. bang for the buck...


You don't need a 2600K for a gaming system. The 2500K is the same CPU performance-wise and it costs $100 less.

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keep in mind... I struggle with keeping my pc's on the cheap... last setup cost me 3400.... dont tell my wife.


:lol: 

My current setup cost me about $1500 and then my work PC was another $500 but I saved money there by recycling a lot of parts.
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February 6, 2012 8:22:43 PM

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