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Need help on $700 gaming PC (First build)

Hello friends,

As a summer project i would like to build my first gaming PC. as an engineering student as well as a console gamer (entering into PC gaming) i need a powerful PC that can handle games like BF3, Crysis, etc and also gpu/cpu intensive software like SolidWorks, MATLAB, LabVIEW, etc. The only thing is, i have a pretty limited budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: I heard prices of intel i5 ivy bridge may drop in june 2012? if thats the case, I would be willing to wait until then.

Budget Range: (700-800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Media, software mentioned above, web surfing

Parts Not Required: i already have a 24" 1080p monitor and logitech z313 speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, tigerdirect, any others that are good

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Im liking the new intel i5 ivy bridge, (if that can even fit in my budget) also i want to have a ssd boot drive along with a 500 GB hdd

Overclocking: Maybe in the future, as i become more knowledgeable in the topic.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am a student at college but I went on the software catalog and it seems there's only discounts for upgrades to win 7 which doesn't help me because I am currently using a mac.

Thanks for helping me out, I would also like to apologize in advance if i ask any dumb questions :)
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    That system should do you right for a while. I know you mentioned Ivy Bridge, but the Sandy Bridges are a little less and do just as well (with less heat).
  2. Thanks so much for the reply. I like your choices, but i have one question. A lot of the items are bare drives so does this mean I will have to buy separate wires for connecting them to motherboard?
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  4. Thanks zero i checked out the 800 build. Is there a category in which i could reduce the price in order to buy an ssd in addition to a hdd? maybe a different mobo?
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    What made you choose this mobo(besides price)? Is it good if i want multiple SATA 6Gb/s ports? (as of now i will have one hdd and one ssd but thinking for the future may have one more drive)
  7. rms7806 said:
    Quote:
    BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813138332Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $49.99


    What made you choose this mobo(besides price)? Is it good if i want multiple SATA 6Gb/s ports? (as of now i will have one hdd and one ssd but thinking for the future may have one more drive)


    Mainly cost came into play with this choice. I would recommend a Z68 or Z77 board if you could manage another $50 in your budget. An example would be:

    BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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