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March 1, 2012 6:52:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: $600 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, BFBC2), Internet Surfing, Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, have a Microcenter 30 min away.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Reputable manufacturers

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: Looking to upgrade from previously modded HP PC:

CPU: AMD Phenom 9150e quad-core 9150e / 1.8 GHz
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB (faulty)
RAM: 4.0 GB DDR-2 SDRAM
PSU: Allied 500W (reliability's questionable at this point)
MOBO: ECS MCP61PM-HM (Nettle3)
OPTICAL DRIVE: Hitachi DVD+/-R/RW 16X 12X +/-DL LS 12X RAM SuperMulti SATA drive
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (dead)
OS: Vista x64

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March 1, 2012 7:04:45 PM

Do you intend to upgrade that monitor? A 6850 should be able to max pretty much all games at that resolution. You will be saving quite a bit if you cannibalize that current build. Using the Hard Drive, and DVD drive will save you about $100 alone.
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March 1, 2012 7:07:09 PM

I'll most likely upgrade the monitor in the upcoming months. Forgot to mention that the HDD and GPU are pretty much faulty. The PSU's questionable as well. I can definitely harvest the DVD drive. I'll update the OP.
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March 1, 2012 7:12:02 PM

durabar45 said:
I'll most likely upgrade the monitor in the upcoming months. Forgot to mention that the HDD and GPU are pretty much faulty. The PSU's questionable as well. I can definitely harvest the DVD drive. I'll update the OP.


Oh. XD

The Hard Drive alone sets you back around $80 for a 500GB these days.
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March 1, 2012 7:19:49 PM

First of all, check your local Microcenter to see what their CPU MB combos are priced at. I'd go for an Intel CPU. If you can't afford a 2500K consider a I3-2120(not overclockable) You want a socket 1155 MB compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge CPU's. Get that cost determined to know what you have left for the rest of the build.
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March 1, 2012 7:20:18 PM

MOBO : ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I3 2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : NZXT Source 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $624.91 and 595$ after mail in rebates.

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March 1, 2012 7:44:05 PM

Did some Microcenter digging. They offer:

Intel 2500k
ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

Combo: $250 + tax

Looks tempting.
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March 1, 2012 7:46:48 PM

Its a good deal.
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March 1, 2012 8:17:08 PM

Actually you can get the I5 Asus MB at Newegg for $247.55 incl. shipping.

15:23 3/1/2012

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Newegg $128 Free ship
ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $92w/shipping
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $160 after $10 MIrebate free ship
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $85 free ship
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $25 after $20 MIR Free ship
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $30 free ship
TOTAL: $493
REBATES: $30
FINAL: $463

ADD: $45.86 for ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Can SLI and X-Fire 4 RAM slots
ADD: $96 for Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

OVERCLOCKER version: $604.86 No case No DVD No OS
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March 1, 2012 8:59:15 PM

Quote:
MOBO : ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157256
CPU : I3 2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115077
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820146748
GPU : ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121474
HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139027
DVD-RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151244
CASE : NZXT Source 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146075
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
TOTAL : $624.91 and 595$ after mail in rebates.


I think I'll pull the trigger on this one, unless anyone else has any other suggestions? Reviews look solid to me.
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March 2, 2012 2:31:40 PM

durabar45 said:
Quote:
MOBO : ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157256
CPU : I3 2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115077
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820146748
GPU : ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121474
HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139027
DVD-RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151244
CASE : NZXT Source 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146075
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
TOTAL : $624.91 and 595$ after mail in rebates.


I think I'll pull the trigger on this one, unless anyone else has any other suggestions? Reviews look solid to me.

maybe consider getting 8gb of ram instead of just 4gb, but make sure its a 2x4gb kit
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