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Mainstream gaming system for 2012

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February 27, 2012 3:59:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month
Budget Range: $500 (no mail in rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only
Parts Not Required: TBD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.CA
Country: CANADA
Parts Preferences: No Asus / Prefer Gigabyte
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Monitor Resolution: 1360x760 (40" lcd) & 23" lcd
Additional Comments: Looking for price/ performance knockout.

Current Specs (Pc purchased dec 2009)
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box
G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E DVI-I CrossFireX HDMI Video Card
February 27, 2012 6:21:36 PM

Assuming you can and will resuse certain items from the old system my comments are below. If you do NOT want to resuse then the recommendations change

shadowschild said:
Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month
Budget Range: $500 (no mail in rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only
Parts Not Required: TBD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.CA
Country: CANADA
Parts Preferences: No Asus / Prefer Gigabyte
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Monitor Resolution: 1360x760 (40" lcd) & 23" lcd
Additional Comments: Looking for price/ performance knockout.

Current Specs (Pc purchased dec 2009)
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Reuse
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Replace with an Asrock:

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68M/USB3 Item #:N82E16813157270 94.99 -$10.00 Instant $84.99
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box
Replace with an i3-2120:

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
Model #:BX80623I32120 Item #:N82E16819115077 $127.99

G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
Replace with:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL Item #:N82E16820231425 $25.99 - Note: 2x4gb is in the mid $40 range if it fits your budget

Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
Should be able to reuse
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E DVI-I CrossFireX HDMI Video Card

Replace with a 6850 or 6870 AMD depending on your budget:

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100315L Item #:N82E16814102908 $149.99

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