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April 16, 2012 11:19:48 AM

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video conversion, editing

Parts Not Required: Hdd, videocard, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Overclocking: no
SLI: no

i will be getting core i5 2400 for $190

still have $310 budget for the ff:
MOBO?? (100$ max)
RAM?? (only need 4GB)
CASE & PSU??
dvd writter??




thanks :) 

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April 16, 2012 11:56:12 AM

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April 16, 2012 2:01:26 PM

you don't need any fancy MB since you can't OC a i5 2400. this one has usb 3.0 and SATA 6G. I picked out a solid gaming case and a good modular PSU that will handle a good size GPU. memory - just the basics - can't OC that either.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16827135204
$18.99

ZALMAN Z9 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16811235026
$49.99

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16817703035
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$79.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820231396
$22.99

MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813130629
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$79.99
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$251.95 + 23.33 shipping and - $30 MIR


if you think you want some future upgrade options or want to use virtu do video, then a z68 MB and maybe some PC 1600 ram would be better.

this keeps the build still within your budget (sub MB and Ram for these)

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813157279
-$10.00 Instant
$114.99
$104.9

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820233187
$29.99
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April 16, 2012 2:27:49 PM

Ignoring the bot spam.....


You want to dump as much money as possible into the gpu. You cant call a computer with an HD 6450 a "gaming" machine.
Go with a cheap CPU, like an i3 or phenom 2, and get a better card.
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April 17, 2012 7:07:14 AM

I think you all miss the part where the OP already has a video card. that's why my build doesn't include one. it would be nice to know what type of GPU the OP has though.
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April 21, 2012 8:30:38 AM

Best answer selected by zennmezz.
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