New Gaming Build ~ $750

Approximate Purchase Date: In about 2~3 weeks

Budget Range: ~$750, $800 after tax, S&H...etc

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School Work, Movies, Internet Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers... I only need the tower

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, because I live in NJ

Country: USA, NJ

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680 * 1050

Additional Comments: I want a microATX form factor, if things work out. And I prefer a case with good cable management.

Parts List: This is what I got so far, but I'm still above my budget =/

Intel Core i5 3450

Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H

Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB 1333MHz DDR3

WD Caviar Blue 500GB

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

Antec One Computer Case

DVD Drive

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Prices come out to $802
I know that I can get the same graphics card at newegg for $199, but even then I'll be over by a little.
Chances are I'll have to drop the graphics card down to a 6850/6870/GTX560

Any suggestions? Help would be appreciated :D
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  1. Do you need Windows? If you do your whole build is screwed lol.

    You don't need a Hyper 212 for a i5-3450, stock will be good enough. If you were getting a i5-3570 and a Z77 that would be a different story...

    The Geforce gtx660 is rumoured be coming out soon. That will probably drive the prices of the graphics cards of your price range down.
  2. Nope I don't need windows, I have a copy. (I'm a student :D)
    I wanted the hyper 212 to keep temps down at around 30? that's just me, I'll consider taking it out, or are there even cheaper alternatives? I just don't like stock coolers :P

    do you have any idea when for the gtx660/ti ? I was hoping they'd come out in june, but some rumors are saying august =/
  3. Good choice. The cooler will definitely help.
  4. any other ideas guys?
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