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College Budget Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month

Budget Range: $700 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist

Country: U.S. (Virginia)

Parts Preferences: Nvidia (PhysX)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 720p, 1680x1050, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd prefer a quad core micro-atx build, but whatever. I'd also prefer to pay for core components now and additional components later.
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  1. This was a higher end mATX HTPC + gaming build

    scaling down

    1. Get a GTX 560
    2. 4gb ram
    3. Ditch the SSD
    4. 500GB instead of 3TB hdd :P
    5. DVDRW instead of Blu Ray drive
    6. Possibly a far cheaper mATX case like the Elite 341?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119193
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    Gaming Build: AMD build that will play most games on med to high and you can overclock that 965 to 4.2 or 4.4 ghz with no problem. Came in a little over your budget but this will play games for a cheap price.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition $109
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    MOBO: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102986

    Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    $772 total cost
  3. Sory forgot HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB $64
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    $884 build cost -- sorry thats out of your range; could save about$100 and go with a lower priced GPU: like this SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB $169
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948 That would save you about $100 bringing your total back down under $800
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