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April 24, 2012 1:35:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500 not included case or operating system

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming online video streaming

Parts Not Required: case operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: united states

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: have built several amd machines but intel seems better these days

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: future maybe

Monitor Resolution: will be hooked to hdtv most likely 720p @60hz

Additional Comments: any help is much appreciated thanks in advance for any advice

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April 24, 2012 2:30:28 AM

1 preference would be to have a MB that will support a g860 for now that i can upgrade at a later date i am having a hard time find a good one that fits within the budget
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April 24, 2012 2:33:57 AM

Please tell us what your case is. Also, you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, right?

Here's what I'd go with:

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61ICAFE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.93 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Now, I got it as far down as possible. I wouldn't go lower on the GPU. The only thing that's debatable is the motherboard and the PSU... I'm not too sure on the motherboard (I'm sure you could get another one for less. I'm not good with non-overclockable motherboards) and you only need a 407W PSU (meaning 450W or higher). This was a good, reliable one, but I'm sure there are others that are less expensive.
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April 24, 2012 2:46:32 AM

wow thats a good price on the i3 this website is awesome thank you! i see that the 6850 and the 7770 are around the same price point i have a 6850 in my rig and i love it but whats the deal with having multiple models at the same price point whats the difference? Oh and about the case once the parts are nailed down he was going to pick one that was aesthetically pleasing lol
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April 24, 2012 3:07:52 AM

I think the 6850 is better, and the 7770 may just be a rebrand. An aesthetically pleasing (although expensive) case is the NZXT Phantom... they've got some others that are less expensive, too. Unless you're going for a Fractal R3 look, in which case look into Lian-Li
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April 24, 2012 3:23:51 AM

i agree i really like that case. do you think that there is a noticeable difference between 1600 and 1333 RAM?
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April 24, 2012 3:26:50 AM

There is a slightly noticeable difference, but anything higher and the difference is really small. For like $10 difference, I think it's worth it.
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April 24, 2012 3:42:45 AM

thank you you have been really helpful in getting this together cheers!
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April 24, 2012 3:42:58 AM

Best answer selected by gity69.
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April 24, 2012 3:51:01 AM

Good luck!
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