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First time builder, gaming PC ~$700

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February 17, 2012 7:22:54 PM

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!
February 17, 2012 7:48:02 PM

Check out THG's latest SBM $600. For the extra $100 you can get a good X68 motherboard and better PSU.
February 17, 2012 8:02:00 PM
- 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

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February 17, 2012 8:05:36 PM

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)


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February 17, 2012 8:22:28 PM

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.
February 18, 2012 12:59:12 AM

Best answer selected by flamenader.
February 18, 2012 1:46:47 AM

I concur with Striker410! The switch to the GTX 560 Ti is better than going with a X68 motherboard. Damn fine build.