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April 23, 2012 2:27:47 PM

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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April 23, 2012 2:40:17 PM

$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.
April 23, 2012 2:40:40 PM

Get a different case. You will be mega cramped getting a gtx 560 into a micro tax case with your other components.
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April 24, 2012 3:37:14 AM

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
April 24, 2012 3:46:44 AM

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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April 24, 2012 2:14:46 PM

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.
April 26, 2012 2:27:25 PM

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