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First time build, gaming, $800-900

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June 3, 2012 6:20:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: N/A - Anytime

Budget Range: $800-900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Skyrim at max settings, 1080p

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Run wild. Best price wins.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Not yet

SLI or Crossfire: No - not within budget

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is a general gaming PC. I want some longevity, so I'd like to make sure there is as much room for expansion as possible. I intend to use the PC for Skyrim on the LCD in my living room. This article from kotaku set some benchmarks for Skyrim, and it's led me to think that the Radeon HD 6950 might be a good fit, but that's just my novice conjecture. I'm a blank slate. Can you guys help?
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June 3, 2012 7:01:23 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869J4O/ref=ox_sc_a... $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
NZXT Source 210 -Inch ELITE-Inch Midtower Case with 3.0 USB - Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $144.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
OCZ ZT Series 550W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=B75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZK/ref=pd_lpo_... $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $879.91 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=510 <------ AMD Radeon HD 7850 - 860MHz/4.8GHz 2GB GDDR5 vs AMD Radeon HD 6950 - 800MHz/5.0GHz 2GB GDDR5
June 3, 2012 7:10:27 AM

This is something I had in mind for myself. You would be able to save some money if there is a microcentre nearby and you can pick up the processor there :-

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

You can play around with it also. Amazon has some parts cheaper than newegg at the moment like the chasis.


Edit :- I missed out the Windows 7 pricing. I have my copy already lying around so didn't include that.
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