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First new build! Need suggestions

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September 3, 2012 4:48:44 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: As low as possible...Probably around 300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (school work, surfing, gaming)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, case, GPU. Will be reusing hard drive from my notebook until ssd price drop further...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (will use Linux first, then may upgrade later)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter, newegg.com, ncix.com, amazon

Location: New York, NY

Parts Preferences: AMD brand

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, may upgrade later

Additional Comments: reserved

Currently I just bought PSU from newegg for $50, with $25 rebate. I am planning to get mobo+ cpu from microcenter, and case and gpu from newegg (no tax unlike amazon). I sometimes play games but my laptop can't handle some of the graphics so that's why I want to build one. Here's a list of what I have chosen for now:

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS (bought already)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz ($89)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/325874/Phenom_II_X4_...

Mobo: ASUS M5A97 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX ($50, after the combo deal with cpu)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/382961/M5A97_Socket_...

So after tax that leaves me with $150 for RAM, GPU and case... Maybe a 7750, 4G RAM and a cheap case? Any suggestions are welcome.

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