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June 16, 2012 6:20:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: before august

Budget Range: 600-900 total price, after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly Skyrim, but heavily modded. also Civ 5, but i figure if i can run skyrim well civ 5 will be a piece of cake), Web Design, Dual-Booting Ubuntu, programming, some movies

Parts Not Required: none...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none... but i am new to this so advice on reliable sellers would be appreciated

Country: Oregon, USA

Parts Preferences: Monitor: i don't need a big one, maybe 24'' max, i would rather have 1920*1080 on smallest(cheapest?) possible

Hard drive: i don't need SSD or anything bigger than 500 gb, really

I am not picky on brands but reliability is important



Overclocking: Maybe. again, im new to this and am wary about overclocking it myself

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: prefer quiet and energy efficient if possible

Here are some things i have looked at so far. I am not holding out on any of these, i just tried to get started to see where i would be.

ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR) $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZDFC Video Card with Eyefinity
AMD A6-3670K Unlocked 2.7GHz Socket FM1 Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) ... Combo for $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


so far with all this i'm at about $500. I am concerned about making sure everything works well together (i have no idea about the motherboard...)

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June 16, 2012 6:28:16 PM

Before August is still to long away to say prices change weekly deals and specials happen so i recommend you ask for help a few days max before your ready to buy reliable sellers to buy from are newegg tigerdirect amazon all the parts your looking at so far are good.
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June 16, 2012 6:49:55 PM

This is just to give you a idea of what to do PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $749.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
June 18, 2012 6:20:35 AM

bigcyco1 said:
This is just to give you a idea of what to do PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $749.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)



doing some of my own research and looking at your list, i came up with:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/alvq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/alvq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/alvq/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($50.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.15 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2243FWK 21.5" Monitor ($136.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($16.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $806.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


The only think i haven't looked as is the power supply, and i have no idea what to look for in terms of Wattage. Is their a rule to finding out which one to get or with my current configuration could i just use the one you suggested?
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