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May 20, 2012 1:13:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: today

Budget Range: 600-700 give or take

System Usage from Most to Least Important: pandora, netflix, hbogo, gaming, internet...i can't really put those in order since I may do all at the same time...aside from netflix and hbogo at the same time.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, possibly the video card ( to keep the cost down I have an HD 5450 that I can use in the mean time. I know it's not ideal but it still keeps the cost down for atleast this month.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: all from www.microcenter.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
cpu ; http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
mobo : http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
RAM: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
HDD: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
dvd: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
case: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
wifi: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
psu: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
gpu: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... or http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
OS: windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

Overclocking: no-maybe...I don't think overclocking is for me since I have never done it nor do I think I need to...convince me otherwise and we'll see.

SLI or Crossfire: no-maybe...again I don't think I'd do it, but this is a more likely scenario than OC

Monitor Resolution: I'll be honest I'm not sure what res 1080p is but that's what my 42" TV is, so whatever res puts out 1080p

Additional Comments: I only chose to use Microcenter due to how close it is to me and I haven't found all the parts cheaper online than here. Maybe I'm bad at looking for a deal online, but I also like yelling at the moron who sold me the crap I just bought...I can't do that with an online store. but once again if there is a deal so good that I'd be stupid to ignore it than I'm all ears. With the parts that I have selected I couldn't find a cheaper machine that would do more. I'm not an expert but i'd like to think that I atleast have a clue as to what is going on inside that metal box. (I've built all my other cpu's, This will be the first that I have (until now) asked an "expert" on which parts I should use.

Thank you for any help you can provide me.

-Slizz
May 20, 2012 2:22:28 PM

I'm going to guess that no replies means that this system is good to go? maybe one more note...Is anything overkill? I'd like to make this purchase last a few years with the ability to upgrade as needed.
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May 20, 2012 5:26:50 PM

Not sure about the case.
That motherboard was made for a single card configuration. You can't crossfire/SLI with that motherboard.
Some say that 600W is too much for a single card no overclock configuration.
6850 is available for $140.79 on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F6GJAU?linkCode=xm... (free shipping and no tax depending on where you live)
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May 20, 2012 5:36:36 PM

7Ghost said:
Not sure about the case.
That motherboard was made for a single card configuration. You can't crossfire/SLI with that motherboard.
Some say that 600W is too much for a single card no overclock configuration.
6850 is available for $140.79 on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F6GJAU?linkCode=xm... (free shipping and no tax depending on where you live)



Yeah I was thinking that the power supply was a bit much. But I'm all about value, I couldn't find another power supply in that price range that looked like it was as good. I'm not familiar with decent psu's first time I didn't just get the $20 version to make the machine turn on. Motherboard I'm not firm on either, just seemed like a good deal ($50 off of mobo with purchase of chip). So any mobo would work. I'm looking for one that I wont need to upgrade for years. Thanks for the info. Any suggestions?

-slizz
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May 20, 2012 5:47:31 PM

You should be fine with that mobo unless you plan on adding an afterstock CPU cooler, crossfire/SLI, or a large GPU (mars 2).
Check GA-Z77X-D3H if you're interested in buying an ATX mobo.
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May 20, 2012 6:04:02 PM

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