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Need Advice <$700 First Build

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May 31, 2012 11:05:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: the sooner the better

Budget Range: $700 (would like this to be before rebates, but either way is ok)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (currently diablo 3 and LOL, but I would like to be able to play graphically intensive games like BF3) , watching movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or microcenter.com (I live close enough to one, so I can do in-store discounts)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe (don't know much about it)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (once again don't know much about it, but what I do know would be a cool feature to have)

Monitor Resolution: it's a 40" samsung hdtv so 1920x1080 I would assume??? (sorry I'm new to all of this)

Additional Comments: I would need a copy of windows 7 as well. I would appreciate any help you could give a first time builder. I have around $90 in Best Buy gift cards, so I used that to buy the hard drive at the end of the build. I DO NOT COUNT that in the price of the build.


Parts and Build I have already configured:

LG 22x DVD±RW Super Multi Dual Layer Burner - OEM - $16.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382272

Crucial 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel - $35.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382099

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard - $89.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554

XFX HD-679X-ZRFC AMD Radeon HD 6790 1024MB DDR5 - $127.99 w/ $20 MIR = $107.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373329

Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply - $59.99 w/ $10.00 MIR = $49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365238

Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 w/ $20 code = $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147061

Western Digital - Caviar Green WD5000AZRX 500 GB 3.5" - $73.88 (I have $90 in Best Buy gift cards)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+Green+WD5000AZRX+500+GB+3.5%22+Internal+Hard+Drive/5414552.p?id=1218642137284&skuId=5414552

Microsoft Windows 7 OEM - $99.99

Grand Total (w/ rebates & EXCLUDING price of hard drive b/c of gift cards) ==> $675.13

I would appreciate any and all help. I am not set to this build I have done, but I tried to do some of it on my own. Thanks for your help.

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June 1, 2012 12:49:16 AM

The build seems extremely solid and should allow for most ANYTHING you would want to do...I might suggest a Pair of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

they would top out your cooling and get you set to have a lot of fun without having to worry about airflow in your case...the amount of airflow with these plus the rest already included should end up being phenomenal:) 

Otherwise...have fun and good luck:) 
June 1, 2012 12:58:17 AM

Your build is nice, but I would not expect anything more than medium setting in BF3 unless you scrap the nice processor for a better graphics card. If you don't want to choose that option, I would recommend at least ponying up for a Radeon 6850 or 6870 to max out D3.
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