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Best Gaming/Casual PC under $700?

Last response: in Systems
August 25, 2012 11:03:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month (parts may be bought at two separate times)

Budget Range: $700 or less

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive. Optical Drive, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon then Newegg.
Amazon is more liberal when it comes to returns.

Country: USA (Maryland)

Overclocking: Maybe (latter)

SLI or Crossfire: Either is fine. Will add an additional GPU latter.

Additional Comments:
- Building myself
- Most be quite so I can watch movies (does liquid cooling help)
-dual monitors
- HDMI port (2)
- Don't game a lot, but when I do I want it to be good.
- Computer Science Student so I may run heavy applications latter.

AMD or Intel: Whichever gives me the most performance and works nicely with everything.

Case size can be any, but a bigger case should run cooler and quieter right?
The case can't be nerd looking but I would prefer something that looks kinda modern or classy.

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August 26, 2012 1:08:56 PM

I would check newegg's daily shellshocker specials for a combo package. They had the Intel 3570 with decent board, case, power supply, hardrive (ssd is sometimes offered, highly recommended), etc, for around $500 last week. I would skip liquid cooling; the cheaper units aren't worth it. Get a good 120mm aftermarket cooler such as the coolermaster hyper 212 instead.