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About $700 gaming rig, no idea what I'm doing.

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February 19, 2012 2:17:56 PM

I'm looking to build a new gaming desktop, but have no idea where to start. I've been ripped off with buying a pre-built desktop too many times before, so that's out of the question. I've looked for a few days for a build for under $700 but every one I find is outdated. If someone could post up everything I need that would be fantastic. I have a case, no need for the extras like keyboard, mouse, monitor. I do have a 32" 1080p TV that I use for a monitor if that has anything do do with the build. Much thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few weeks.

Budget Range: $700 after rebates and stuff.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, videoediting/3d rendering

Parts Not Required: Keyboard (thought I do only have a $10 one), mouse, monitor, case. Shouldn't need an OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website as I'll probably be buying the parts individually from different websites or local stores.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Not picky.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080

Additional Comments: harddrive is oging to have to be at least 1TB. I'm constantly deleting/uninstalling form my 250g to make more room.

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February 19, 2012 3:17:32 PM

$721 before rebates:

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SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

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February 19, 2012 4:00:32 PM

You will want a full size ATX mobo if you want SLI/CF as an option. I would go with the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, it is only $120. Also, do you need an OS?
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February 19, 2012 4:53:40 PM

motherboard Asrock extreme3 gen3 $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu -- your choice

intel core i5 2500k (unlocked multiplier, usually very easy to overclock) $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

intel core i5 2500 (not going to overclock much) $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu
antec 620w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
crucial 8gb (2x4) $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD -- your choice
Seagate 1.5 tb HD 5900 rpm $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate 1tb HD 7200 rpm $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate 2tb HD 5900 rpm $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu -- your choice

Gigabyte 6850 $120 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire radeon 6870 $160 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if gaming is your #1 then i would say go for the 6870. If you don't plan on overclocking, then the i5 2500 (not the 2500k) would be a wiser choice.

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February 19, 2012 8:38:33 PM

fb39ca4 said:
You will want a full size ATX mobo if you want SLI/CF as an option. I would go with the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, it is only $120. Also, do you need an OS?



Yeah I'll need an OS but I'm not including it in the price. I'll probably end up picking up another copy of Win7.

Would QuietPC's build work pretty decently without overclocking anything?
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