First time builder, gaming PC ~$700

Approximate Purchase Date: About a week

Budget Range: around $700, can flex a little, before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, school

Parts Not Required: Mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am a newby with computers so any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  1. Check out THG's latest SBM $600. For the extra $100 you can get a good X68 motherboard and better PSU.
    - Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $45
    - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W: $40
    - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X: $17
    - Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM: $85
    - ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $105
    - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz: $128 -> "Best Gaming CPU for $120" from Tom's Hardware
    - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $22
    - SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB: $170

    TOTAL: $717
  3. that's a good Asus board - has SATA 6G, if you want to add an SSD later... also USB 3.0, as well as 4 RAM slots so you can add more RAM later on too (4GB is enough for gaming no problem)
  4. Best answer
    Hi there! Welcome to the forums.
    Well, thank you for filling out the form. Makes it easier on me!

    CPU: Intel i5-2400
    DVD: LG burner
    Above in a combo $196:

    GPU: GTX 560 Ti 1GB $210

    mobo: ASRock H67 USB3 Sata 6GB/s $80

    RAM: Patriot Signature 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz $42

    Case: HAF 912 ATX case
    OR Antec 300 ATX case
    Both $65 shipped

    HDD: Seagate 500GB
    PSU: Corsair CX600
    Above combo $135

    Total is $725
    Promo code EMCNHJD22 -$10
    Total is $715 before mail in rebates.

    Damn fine build if I do say so myself. Nets you a quad core and a 560 Ti, while still keeping a quality case and 8GB of ram.
  5. Best answer selected by flamenader.
  6. I concur with Striker410! The switch to the GTX 560 Ti is better than going with a X68 motherboard. Damn fine build.
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