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February 26, 2012 2:54:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.

Budget Range: $550 including OS (Assumed I would use OEM 64bit W7)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photo editing, internet

Parts Not Required: Case, PSU, Monitor, speakers, Keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type N/A

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1440x900, will be upgrading to 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I currently have and plan on using the following:

Case - Antec 300
PSU - Antec Earthwatts 650 (80+)

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February 26, 2012 3:10:26 AM

What kind of games...with that price range you won't be able to play games like skyrim or battlefield on ultra...you would need $500 almost just between the CPU and GPU, for good gaming.
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February 26, 2012 3:26:47 AM

roaddoc326 said:
What kind of games...with that price range you won't be able to play games like skyrim or battlefield on ultra...you would need $500 almost just between the CPU and GPU, for good gaming.


light gaming, I don't do much of it. I have wanted to try Entropia, but if it requires stuff out of my league then that is fine. I mainly just want more capability to possibly get started in PC gaming. (Xbox Player)

My main concern is being able to have dual monitors and be able to play high definition movies very smoothly.
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February 26, 2012 3:50:25 AM

I just tried to find you parts within your price range that could roughly match an xbox 360's graphics and I just couldn't do it within your price range. I got to about 525 dollars and that was without a video card.

I would still reccomend saving a couple hundred more dollars.
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February 26, 2012 7:30:22 AM

I may just ignore the advanced gaming aspect for now. I was thinking about building the $400 build from this page: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

I am basically looking to upgrade from my current computer that is starting to suffer from delay problems and not quite delivering the performance I need.

My current computer is;
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 / 2.5 GHz
4 GB DDR2 RAM
500 GB 7200 RPM HD
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