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August 24, 2012 8:49:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: TBD

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming vmware school

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Location: cal

Parts Preferences: either

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
So I have never built a pc before and I want to get into some gaming. Since I'm new I will be starting from scratch, and I mean EVERYTHING. I want a complete build including monitor to be around 700. I don't want to go overboard but I don't want to skimp out. I have this build I created that would be around 1100 but I hoping to get some help cutting it down without sacrificing that much performance. Any advice would be great


Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2 - Corsair
$59.85

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - Corsair
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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Gigabyte
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ 98$

Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black - ViewSonic
$159.99

SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE
$169.99
Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System (CA-3602) - Cyber Acoustics
$39.53
Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - Antec
$46.63

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX - Western Digital
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August 24, 2012 8:57:01 PM

The graphics card is too long for that case. I tried already its just barely bigger length wise . You might be able to fit it in if you want to do some modding to the case but if I were you I'd get a different case. The graphics card is great. I'm using 2 of those in crossfire and BF3 looks awesome on ultra settings.
August 24, 2012 8:59:15 PM

garrettk4 said:
The graphics card is too long for that case. I tried already its just barely bigger length wise . You might be able to fit it in if you want to do some modding to the case but if I were you I'd get a different case. The graphics card is great. I'm using 2 of those in crossfire and BF3 looks awesome on ultra settings.

thank you for the tips would have never known that. any other suggestions? I feel this machine is overkill for what I will be using it for.
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August 24, 2012 9:00:45 PM

easyfame said:
Approximate Purchase Date: TBD

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming vmware school

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Location: cal

Parts Preferences: either

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
So I have never built a pc before and I want to get into some gaming. Since I'm new I will be starting from scratch, and I mean EVERYTHING. I want a complete build including monitor to be around 700. I don't want to go overboard but I don't want to skimp out. I have this build I created that would be around 1100 but I hoping to get some help cutting it down without sacrificing that much performance. Any advice would be great


Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2 - Corsair
$59.85

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - Corsair
$49.99

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Gigabyte
$133.99
You save:$43.40 ( 24%)


Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers - Black - ViewSonic
$159.99

SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE
$169.99
Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System (CA-3602) - Cyber Acoustics
$39.53
Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - Antec
$46.63

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX - Western Digital
$109.99
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB SATA 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) - Corsair
$118.92
You save:$181.07 ( 60%)

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) - Asus
$18.99
You save:$6.45 ( 25%)


You'll definitely need a processor.. Lol
August 24, 2012 9:01:30 PM

I doubt its too big. I have a Antec 200 and there is a clear 3in or so of space. I'd get a HAF 912 and change the GPU to a 7850. The mobo is also a rip off, get an Asus M5A97, you don't need FX. Where is the CPU?
August 24, 2012 9:02:38 PM

Smeg45 said:
I doubt its too big. I have a Antec 200 and there is a clear 3in or so of space. I'd get a HAF 912 and change the GPU to a 7850. The mobo is also a rip off, get an Asus M5A97, you don't need FX. Where is the CPU?

OOPS I must have cut it out. Im getting an AMD phenom BE i think its 965?
August 24, 2012 9:12:15 PM

I've had the same processor for the past three years. A very solid choice. The Asus M5A97 would be a great fit for it.
August 24, 2012 9:12:23 PM

Thanks for all the reply's can anyone else give me their 2 cents? Can I get more for that kind of money?
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