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April 8, 2012 9:49:00 PM

CPU: Intel i5-2500K $220

CPU Cooling: Hyper 212 - $27

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX $125

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Dual Channel 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz - $34

HDD: 128 GB Crucial M4 $160

500GB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s 16MB cache WD $90

Graphics Card: GTX 560 $190

Case: HAF 922 $100

PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W $80

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7280S 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive - $19

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $100

I 'm going to be building a new desktop PC in the near future, primarily used for gaming and web surfing.

I am not planning on overclocking. Also I don't need SLI so I don't need a higher W PSU.

I just want to get the most reliable parts for my money. The components I am not sure about are the mb and the psu. I don't want to go my higher as this is pretty much my max budget. I don't care about case appearance so if there's a case that has better cooling / cable management please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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April 8, 2012 9:50:47 PM

Spend $8 more and get the EVO.
April 8, 2012 10:51:33 PM

The only bad thing with that LX board is that you forfeit an x16 lane and if your future plans include SLI / Crossfire then you're SOL. I'd say drop the case to the HAF 912 and upgrade your motherboard to this:

And then if you can get a Radeon 7850 over a GTX 560TI.