Advice on $700 build

Hi everyone,

Having received a lot of really helpful advice from the Tom's hardware community regarding my last computer, I was wondering if you guys could give me some feedback on my component choices for a new build I'm planning on assembling in about a month.


Approximate Purchase Date: approx one month from now

Budget Range: up to $700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, Screen

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Parts Preferences: NVIDIA for GFX (bad experience with AMD cards in the past), Intel for processors

Overclocking: probably not much, don't have much experience overclocking

SLI or Crossfire: would be a plus, but not necessary

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I know its a bit early to be looking if I'm only going to be assembling the build a month from now, but I'd like to at least get an idea of what I could get with my current budget restrictions.


After looking around a bit, this is what I came up with:

Optical drive:

Anyone have suggestions / improvements / thoughts?

EDIT: thanks everyone for all the help!
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  1. $17 more for double the RAM:

    Asrock > Biostar. Cheaper too:

    Get this $39 case with better airflow and two case fans. It supports a microATX mobo and pretty much any single GPU:

    I myself am planning a build using the Ranger-M. It's got great reviews, and I think you can't get a better one for the price.
  2. Get a different case. You will be mega cramped getting a gtx 560 into a micro tax case with your other components.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. How much more do you think it would cost to add extra PCIe slots for SLI later on and a bigger case?

    Current component prices (after changes suggested by jessterman21):

    Case: $50
    Mobo: $60
    GFX: $190
    Power: $75
    CPU: $190
    RAM: $38
    HDD: $90
    Keyboard: $8
    Optical Drive: $18

    Total: $688
  4. Check out my $650 build here:
    Would probably wait for Ivy Bridge to replace the i5 2400 and get that.
    560 Ti here (+60)

    If you end up getting the GTX 560 no Ti, you might as well go with the 6870 for $30-$40 less. It has basically the same performance. AMD has actually fixed most of their issues. You probably won't experience any honestly. I've had my 5850 for 2 years and have encountered no issues at all really. So I don't really know where others go wrong other than bad driver installation and not fully cleaning out old drivers.
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    Build looks good - go ahead and buy. Ivy Bridge is only bringing 5% more performance at the same clocks, and no better overclocking. Also I can't go without recommending my own video card:

    It's cheaper than the GTX 560 and has a better cooler. It's worked like a dream for me thus far.

    You might also consider an HD 7850 so you can max out all games at your native res:

    2GB VRAM is becoming more important at full HD, and one of these cards will give you performance matching a GTX 570. They're pretty overclockable, too.
  6. Best answer selected by broodling123.
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