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First Build aprox. $650 Budget gaming PC

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March 19, 2012 12:38:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in June/July, so no rush

Budget Range: <$650 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphic design, watching TV shows

Parts Not Required: monitor speakers OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere

Country: NY, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe (probably not)

SLI or Crossfire: I'm assuming this means 2+ displays? No.

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1400x900 EDIT: Oh, what the hell, 1920x1080 c:

Additional Comments: would like to be quiet if possible, pulled the majority of this build from here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...
Open to all suggestions on everything: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5Qhq
EDIT: Hope this formatting is right:
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Mac Connection)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Wired Gaming Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Kensington Ci65m Wireless Optical Mouse ($9.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $641.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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March 19, 2012 12:48:50 AM

Why would you want a 768 or 900 monitor? Gaming? I'd recommend just go for a 1920x1080 monitor...not expensive these days.
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March 19, 2012 9:21:57 AM

constepatdyak said:
Why would you want a 768 or 900 monitor? Gaming? I'd recommend just go for a 1920x1080 monitor...not expensive these days.

I guess you're right, I've just grown fond of 16:9 widescreen in older FPS's
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