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$750 Budget, 2 weeks to order...help make a gaming machine

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July 29, 2012 9:18:09 PM

I have looked at AMD vs Intel and have priced 2 machines within my budget but I could make an AMD machine for around $80 cheaper. I am not sure if I would gain $80 worth of improvement by going with the 965 black vs i-5 2500k.

So help me with this I have 2 weeks to order...i want to have the PC a few weeks before GW2 launches.

I need cpu\mobo\ram\1SSD\case\video\PSU

thanks for the help!
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August 2, 2012 4:34:54 AM

Don't worry about an SSD at this budget. Put all you can in an adequate CPU and a beefy GPU. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Momentu 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $654.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-02 00:34 EDT-0400)

You may need an optical drive for installing the OS. If so, just get a cheap $20 dvd burner.
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