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Best Case Scenario, $700 Gaming Build

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February 27, 2012 2:51:44 AM

Hey Guys, I am looking for a $500-700 build, the fluctuation will be explained... :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: This month(March)

Budget Range: 500-700 before MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games like ME3, Battlefield and Skyrim

Parts Not Required: I do not need keyboard or mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg and Amazon

Country: America

Parts Preferences: by brand or type; Does not Matter

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (22 in. fine with higher-res, but as long as graphics card supports it)

Additional Comments: So.. The reason for Best Case Scenario is because of my OS and other required programs(photoshop, office, etc) If I could find solutions to these That are LEGAL, and do not hinder my gaming(example, no steam on Ubuntu Linux), I will be perfectly fine with that :lol: 

Any suggestions to alternative programs will be appreciated :D 

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February 27, 2012 3:56:13 PM

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Additional Comments: So.. The reason for Best Case Scenario is because of my OS and other required programs(photoshop, office, etc) If I could find solutions to these That are LEGAL, and do not hinder my gaming(example, no steam on Ubuntu Linux), I will be perfectly fine with that :lol: 


The only thing I'd tell you is that you might need to pay the $99 to get a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM license. Not a drop in the bucket but it's definitely better than messing with stuff that isn't legal or using Linux.

Best case scenario with monitor would look something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair CX600 V2 - $69.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $129.99
RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz 1.5V - $39.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $84.99
Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner - $15.99
Video Card: Power Color AX6790 - $129.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor - $119.99

Total: $778.91 - $45.00 MIR = $733.91
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February 27, 2012 8:35:21 PM

Will this one work?

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($169.99)

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($39.99)

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($69.99)

MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($69.99)

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($189.99)

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($39.99)

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.98)

Optical
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($15.99)

Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (119.99)

OS
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Premium-Upgrade... ($160.05)
(I am giving the other two to my family)

Internet Adapter
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RM08RE/ref=ox_sc_a... ($19.95)
(unless there is a good internet card?)

How about this build right here?
Will this future proof me until I get to College, or better yet, through college? :p 
First build, don't expect much though

This will run me about $900.
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February 27, 2012 8:38:48 PM

I think the build I had gives you more future-proofing potential. If you have upgrades in mind you do not want to skimp on the motherboard - especially by going MATX.

I'd seriously hesitate to recommend that PSU - stick with the Corsair one I recommended - it's a much better brand and has certification and rating, where that one is not rated.

I would not recommend Hitachi HDs either - I know HD prices are ridiculous right now but stick with Western Digital, Samsung or Seagate - you do not want to trust your data to the wrong drive.
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February 27, 2012 8:41:28 PM

Sure, no problem.

That was just the stuff I found throughout the weeks of searching the internet.
but what about the monitor? Do you think my choice is a better deal?
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March 5, 2012 12:05:27 AM

Best answer selected by CLman.
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