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May 19, 2012 6:32:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: June 1st-15th

Budget Range: as low as possible (200-300)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, OS, case, optical drive, 2x 6800 gs radeon graphics cards, RAIDMAX RX-450K 450W ATX12V Power Supply, case (not sure of brand but dimensions are approx. 18.5x16.5x7.5 LxWxH in inches)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com (reputable?)

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Not at the moment

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 for now

Additional Comments: This is my first build and while I would love an i7 3770k with a z77 board geforce 680 etc., I'm on a strict budget right now and would like to play D3. D3 is the main game I will be playing for at least 6 months, so not too concerned about graphics, just want to play on medium settings with enjoyable fps (30+ minimum) and low settings if I have to until I can upgrade gpu. As mentioned I already have the case, psu, optical drive and gpu's (I know they suck please don't remind me) so I need a cpu and mobo, ram, hdd (and a keyboard if you know of a good cheap wireless one) as well as a few fans (please help with how many/brand/size if you can!) and anything else you guys tell me I need. I would rather have the better motherboard (z77/z68) over the cpu at the moment (I think, my plan is to upgrade the gpu asap, and then the cpu when I need more processing power..you guys can weigh in on my line of thinking) and at least an i3 2100 cpu but I don't know if there's a way to get a z77/sandy bridge processor with this budget right now so if you know of any good deals feel free to share..I do live within an hour or so of a micro center which I am ready to drive to if they have the best deal. I also need help with SLI, this is my first time trying it so if you have any tips or if it's as easy as placing a little connector on them let me know. I have done my hardware research and am ready I just want some of your expert advice on my build and I want to make sure everything will be compatible and functional. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your help!!

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May 19, 2012 6:42:17 AM

gatorjake88 said:
I do live within an hour or so of a micro center which I am ready to drive to if they have the best deal.


well lets just say that just saved you ALOT of money. Microcenter has the lowest i5/i7 prices you can get, and i believe they have a 50$ off a mobo when you buy a processor deal.

so what EXACTALLY do you need. i can tell you need an cpu and mobo, but do you need ram?
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May 19, 2012 6:45:47 AM

Lol yea sorry forgot about that. I'm going to edit the OP
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May 19, 2012 6:48:54 AM

If your build goes over a little bit I'd still be open to suggestions and maybe I can try to shave off a few bucks here and there. I really want a sufficient build and if there's great deals I could probably stretch it a little bit. My main concern is bang for the buck.
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May 19, 2012 6:53:51 AM

in the budget of 300, it would be impossible to fit an i5-2500k+sli/crossfire ready z68 with ram and an hdd, which is sad.

i would suggest getting an i3-2100 from microcenter for 90$+tax
then allocate 45$ for Corsair 2x4gb 1600 sticks
which leaves 300-45-97(ill say 97 is post tax price for now)= 145, which now im in a rut, because a crossfire ready mobo is ~125$ leaving basically nothing for a hdd
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May 19, 2012 6:55:13 AM

just get the z68 mobo +hd5770+i3 2100 is better for playing the daiblo 3
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May 19, 2012 4:41:18 PM

2603289,5,1176505 said:
in the budget of 300, it would be impossible to fit an i5-2500k+sli/crossfire ready z68 with ram and an hdd, which is sad.

Yea, sad :(  What about the microcenter deal where you get a $50 off a z77 mobo with an intel cpu purchase you were talking about? Maybe that could work a little bit of wiggle room in there. I'm really upset hdd's have doubled in price over the last 6 months, do you think there's any chance they could drop back down in the forseeable future? I'm open to getting an i3 2100/2120 for now; that should do me just fine for a year or two and then I can get an ivy bridge i7 when they drop to 200-250 (fingers crossed!). I do plan on getting a better gpu asap so I won't need SLI for long, but I don't want to have to upgrade mobos again for awhile so if one had usb 3 sata 6 SLI and overclock capabilities etc. I don't have to have the best mobo...just want room to upgrade other components without HAVING to buy a new mobo to do so.
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May 19, 2012 4:44:12 PM

assassin123 said:
just get the z68 mobo +hd5770+i3 2100 is better for playing the daiblo 3


Do you have a specific z68 mobo? There's tons of them out there at all different prices and I'm trying to find which one with the most features I can fit into my budget.
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May 19, 2012 5:04:31 PM

Total Cost for Asrock: 315$ before tax and shipping
Total Cost for MSI: 310$ before tax and shipping

the z77 boards gives you some room to crossfire/sli ready and is open to change cpu whenever you choose to buy one in the future.[/quotemsg]

That definitely looks nice, and I would like to go ahead and put the 8gb of ram in now, but that's 315 w/o an hdd, so I don't think I can work ~415. Do you think the z77 is worth the money for the extra features it offers to someone like me--not a really demanding pc user--over a z68? I found this z68 mobo for $85 at newegg.com

ASRock Z68M/USB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
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May 19, 2012 5:12:33 PM

gatorjake88 said:


That definitely looks nice, and I would like to go ahead and put the 8gb of ram in now, but that's 315 w/o an hdd, so I don't think I can work ~415. Do you think the z77 is worth the money for the extra features it offers to someone like me--not a really demanding pc user--over a z68? I found this z68 mobo for $85 at newegg.com

ASRock Z68M/USB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard


no its 315 with a 500 gb hdd, its a combo deal to shave off $
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May 19, 2012 5:29:28 PM

Okay, so I put together this build on PCPartPicker.com for $341:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8v2e

It includes an i3 2120 because the 2100's on their site were $113, so the 2120 was only $4 more. Going to microcenter should knock off $25 there, putting me at $315 or so. What do you think of this build's strengths and weaknesses for the money? Will it be compatible with the parts I already have?
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May 19, 2012 5:43:59 PM

gatorjake88 said:
Okay, so I put together this build on PCPartPicker.com for $341:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8v2e

It includes an i3 2120 because the 2100's on their site were $113, so the 2120 was only $4 more. Going to microcenter should knock off $25 there, putting me at $315 or so. What do you think of this build's strengths and weaknesses for the money? Will it be compatible with the parts I already have?


your mobo doesnt support crossfire/sli
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May 20, 2012 2:05:20 AM

dudewitbow said:
no its 315 with a 500 gb hdd, its a combo deal to shave off $


Oh I see now. Nice I'm going to check that out. Thanks a lot for your help!
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