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July 11, 2012 11:03:11 PM

I realized I was buying an Intel processor and AMD motherboard, canceled the latter.
Realized the PSU I was getting(Cooler Master Elite 460w) was way underpowered for HD 6870.
My budget is $500 max so I tried to cancel both the PSU and video card, it's too late to cancel the PSU probably the card also since it's bundled.

I'm going with: total $202
Intel G860 —$89
WD Caviar Blue 500GB — $70
Asus 24B1ST— $17
G.SKILL NS 4B(2x2GB) — $26

Reconsidering:
XFX AMD Radeon HD6870 — $170

Returning when shipped:
Cooler Master Elite 460w — $29


Still need a motherboard, video card and PSU with $298 left in the budget. Seems I'm stuck with the HD6870 however.

The case/fans will be bought last and isn't included in the $500 budget. More funding may be negotiable but is NOT preferred.
July 12, 2012 12:00:52 AM

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.22 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $527.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

A little over $500. The GPU isn't as good as the 6870 but gets the job done. However the CPU is way better than the G860.
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July 12, 2012 12:34:23 AM


I appreciate the response, but I need specific help for my situation. $500 is my max after-shipping budget(right now I have free 2 day shipping for Amazon & Newegg).

I need a PSU/mobo/gfx card combination that fits with the components I already have and can be bought for $298 or less.

I will look at the benchmark link though, I think it can help.
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July 12, 2012 1:54:13 AM

Anyone else?
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July 12, 2012 7:50:18 PM

BUMP
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July 13, 2012 3:38:44 AM

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El...

IMO, I would get another PS. Antec HCG-420, XFX Core Pro 550 watt, etc. All are Seasonic.

Get either the i3-2120 or the Pentium G630.

Dave
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July 13, 2012 6:33:08 AM

DavidY said:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El...

IMO, I would get another PS. Antec HCG-420, XFX Core Pro 550 watt, etc. All are Seasonic.

Get either the i3-2120 or the Pentium G630.

Dave

Thanks. I would have went with your advice if I didn't figure things out.

That Cooler Master seems like a scam. Anyway I'm sticking with the G860 but am returning the CM Elite and HD6870. Getting the SAPPHIRE HD6850, Rosewill 630W and the Intel BOXDH67CLB3. Still have $30 left. :) 
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July 13, 2012 6:34:18 AM

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