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Bang for buck build for friend $800-$1000 budget

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February 23, 2012 5:58:46 AM

So im building a pc for a friend at work. $800-1000 budget he wants the most bang for his buck. He would like to stay with intel for his cpu but does not care if its amd or nvidia for gpu he is not a fanboy just wants his dollar to go the distance. So this is what I came up with. This is all from newegg. please add any ideas you might have.


LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$17.99


Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$89.99


XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150561
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$179.99





CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$35.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$139.99
$104.99


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy

$12.98


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231445
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$74.99


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$8.00 Instant

$129.99
$121.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy

$224.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

$99.99


Athena Power 8" Extension & Conversion Four-In-One Model Cable-M84M84F
Item #: N82E16812198024
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$4.99

Total $939.89
February 23, 2012 6:07:38 AM

RAM : G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 48$
If your friend don't Crossfire in the future buy the Corsair TX 650W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$ and 80$ after mail in rebates.
You don't have a case :) 
Ill recommend you one off these:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$ and 40$ after MIR
COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ and 50$ after MIR.
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February 23, 2012 6:35:48 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com... $97.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING $25 off w/ promo code EMCNHHJ38, ends 2/27
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $996.43 *not including shipping and promo codes


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $24.35 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
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February 23, 2012 6:44:49 AM

if he is gona overclock then u got to buy a good aftermarket cooler
if not then i5 2500k is useless change that with i5 2400

and bump that graphic card to 6950 and unlock it to 6970(greatest bang for buck)

and if u want to lower build cost then change ram to xms3 and save few bucks(not necessary)

and u did not mentioned case
cm haf 912 would be prefered

if u can then buy at least 60gb of ram eg kingston for os
by this ur friend would be utterly be happy and is bang for buck :)  x)
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February 24, 2012 3:35:14 AM

Oh ya i5 2500 not 2500k hes is not into OCing trying to lower my standards so hard to do sometimes. He just wants a solid rig that will give him a little room to expand on if he so wishes later. He is a big WOW player and wants to get into SWTOR does not play games like BF3 so it doesn't have to be a monster machine like mine. (I7 950 OCed to 4.2, Noctua NH-D14 cooler, Asus X58 Sabertooth MOBO, 12 GB 1600 MHrz kingston DDR 3 RAM, 2 WD 640GB 7200RPM HDD Raid 0, Samsung 2TB HDD Storage drive, 2 Nvidia GTX 580 1.5GB Gfx cards, 1000W SilentPro Gold PSU.) He is coming over this weekend to check out his build options and select a case not some thing I can pick for someone just to many and everyone likes their own thing.
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