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August 23, 2012 3:42:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Depends on the cost (saving up now)

Budget Range: Any, But please below $2,500 after everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Web, Streaming, Watching Streams/YouTube videos, along with the occasional School assignment.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Parts Preferences: Any (again)

Overclocking: no (unless i get a cooling pad (about $20))

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (cost again)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 or higher

Additional Comments: I'm New to computer building and buying (hence why i'm here (and why almost everything is "any")) so i have no idea where to start. If its possible i would prefer a Laptop, but a Desktop is fine if it would be better, but it would need to be compact (i like to go to a friends house and play games along side him and i don't like sitting at a desk much).
August 24, 2012 8:37:34 PM

I want to build it not buy it (I heard its cheaper) and if I wanted to buy it I wouldn't get alienware (looks awesome though).
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August 25, 2012 4:04:26 AM

It is much cheaper to build it yourself and if you want to take it around there are plenty of small portable cases you can buy.

Windows 7 64 bit OEM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$

Dell U2312HM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 260$ This is a superb monitor and is worth the extra $

Fractal Arc Mini- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$
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Bitfenix Prodigy- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 80$ (You need a mini itx motherboard in this case and I will point you to a suitable motherboard, both are smaller form factor cases so you can move them easier)

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 170$ (This is a good motherboard that is compatible with the fractal case)

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 195$ (This is a great motherboard for the Bitfenix case)

Intel i5 3570k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 230$

Asus GTX 670- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 420$

Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$ (In the smaller cases these water cooling solutions are a good buy)

Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$

Samsung 830 256gb SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 199$

Western Digital 1tb Black- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 110$

Rosewill Capstone 550-M 550w- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 95$ (Being semi modular it will help keep cables tidy in the small cases)

Asus Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$

Aftermarket fans for Bitfenix case (I strongly recommend getting these)- Cooler Master R4 200mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 20$
& Bitfenix Spectre 120mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 10$ (only one of these for a top exhaust)

Aftermarket fans for Fractal (strongly recommend getting these too)- Cougar 140mm for top exhaust- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 17$
& Scythe 120mm fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=39$ (the fractal fans it comes with are terrible, 2 for the front and the back exhaust fan will be replaced by the fans on the cpu cooler)

Total=<2000$ for each route
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August 25, 2012 6:46:13 AM

Nice builds mjmj
I would switch the Asus for msi 670 but that's just me.
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August 25, 2012 10:59:05 PM

Well this seems awesome! i'll probably replace the blueray disk reader with a regular one, I don't use disks much... i'll look into that (cant be too hard) :)  thanks for helping!
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August 26, 2012 3:25:32 AM

allanitomwesh said:
The Asus tend to be longer with the direct cu. I actually prefer the twin frozr cooler to power edition.

The power edition has the twin frozr IV cooler on it. And the Asus is less than .3 inches longer than the MSI. Both will fit easily in both cases which is the important thing to remember.
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August 26, 2012 4:07:21 AM

Like I said,personal preference. Guess I'll be considering direct cu in my next build. Cheers.
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September 5, 2012 1:54:18 AM

Best answer selected by flameswilllive.
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