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New build for my friend

Approximate Purchase Date: late April - early May

Budget Range: around $1000 - $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: N/A (He need a monitor and peripherals)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences:

Cooler Master HAF 932 case
SSD 120GB (or 60GB for caching)
Nvidia GPU
Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: N/A
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  1. Gtx 680 and i5-2500k

    Will give you 300-500 budget for the rest
  2. xxsjxx1 said:
    Gtx 680 and i5-2500k

    Will give you 300-500 budget for the rest


    True, but would that be enough?
  3. Easily yes. I built my i5-2500k comp using all good, well reviewed parts for 900 including OS. I just have a 570 instead of a 680. I'd give you an example but im at work.
  4. If you're near microcenter u can get a 2500k and a gigabyte mobo for 214.98
  5. xxsjxx1 said:
    Easily yes. I built my i5-2500k comp using all good, well reviewed parts for 900 including OS. I just have a 570 instead of a 680. I'd give you an example but im at work.


    When you get off work and have the time, can I see your example?
  6. Anyone else?
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    xxsjxx1 said:
    Gtx 680 and i5-2500k

    Will give you 300-500 budget for the rest


    That's not obtainable on a $1250 budget. If you were going with a $1400 budget it would easily but not on $1200. Not everyone lives near a Micro Center so while that offer is good, that may not work for everybody. On builds I generally try to emphasize spreading the budget out and getting every component you can of the highest quality for your budget rather than cutting corners and then you're stuck with a micro ATX board that can't handle your GPU and you sacrifice an x16 lane for SLI / Crossfire in the future. Or you get a poorly constructed case that falls apart on you. You don't want that.

    Try this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
    PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB - $109.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $1249.90

    Right on the dot and you don't sacrifice anything.
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