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May 9, 2012 11:34:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About 2 weeks give or take one week.

Budget Range: 600-650$.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, video editing, browsing, movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg are perfect for me

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia but I can deal with AMD. The driver issues I've heard about don't sound good haha. Either CPU brand is fine. Case doesnt have to be huge.

Overclocking: Maybeh

SLI or Crossfire: Down the road I think so. Just depends on my hectic life

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I will be playing a lot of BF3. I love the BF series. Case doesnt have to be blingy, but I dont like cases that are very loud. I keep my room cold, I like it that way. I have run a laptop for a few years so please be patient with me :??: 

Also, this is the build I've come up with so far:

Corsair builder series CX600:

Apevia X-TRP-GN X-TROOPER . Beautiful case, I LOVE green :D . Comes with lots of fans too.

AMD Phenom x4 965

Corsair 8gb 1333

Galaxy gtx 560 ti. It comes with BF3, seems like a good deal.

ASRock extreme 3

Total: Almost exactly 600$
Thanks everyone! Love the site. I've been a reader for awhile.

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May 9, 2012 11:52:17 PM

If you will overclock, get the I5-3570k. If not get the I5-3450s. They are more expensive, but they perform much better for everything.
I5-3579k $249
I5-3450s $199, comes with dvd burner

Here is a z68 motherboard for the processor It is $75 after a rebate

Check out these 560 ti's all are cheaper

That case looks awesome, but let me suggest Cooler master's HAF 912. It is slightly less pretty, but it has the best airflow of any case in it's price-range

This will bring you to your $650 and will perform much better than your build.

May 9, 2012 11:53:03 PM

Oh god you'd be very wise to stay far far away from Apevia - they're a brand that is notorious for producing a lot of garbage. The other day I was working on a computer with an Apevia case and the LED lights started falling off. Terrible products.

That said here's how I would spend ~$650 on a build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $159.99

Total: $649.92

With this build - AMD just can't be recommended even more on even the most basic budget build. And the 560 is not a good choice unless you get the tweaked TI model - go with the Radeon 6870. But again, I can't emphasize enough how much I hate Apevia and their junk cases.
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May 10, 2012 12:08:40 AM

For $650 you should use an I5 and z68. Graphics are a lot cheaper to upgrade, and pcie 3.0 will be enough for cards in the foreseeable future. I would keep the I5 and skimp a little on the graphics.
May 11, 2012 1:35:41 AM

Why skimp on GPU? I play more games than anything else, wouldn't going GPU>CPU be a better idea in this case? I dont know :c
May 11, 2012 1:38:15 AM

Processor upgrades often require you to change the motherboard. Gpu upgrades are cheaper and pop in.