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September 27, 2012 10:07:46 AM

Alright so ive gotten lots and lots of help so far and am very thankful here is my build below and if you have any more suggestions let me know now cause im gonna start purchasing the parts in about 30 minutes. If you have ways to make it cheaper, but just as good or better than let me know cause the more i save the better right now.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $822.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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September 27, 2012 10:33:43 AM

Looks like a powerful, no bells and whistles gaming rig.
Should be good.

Cant think of any way to lower the price, have you considered stealing them?
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September 27, 2012 5:07:02 PM

geekapproved said:
The old 7950's are stock 800mhz, the new ones have boost and are clocked at least 850mhz, and many of them come already clocked at 880-925mhz.

Even the 850 core models are significantly faster than 7870.

The cheapest model on Newegg is a boost version at 925mhz.

The newer ones are also closer to $350 than $300 for the slightly slower clock speeds. If you want to go less than $300 the 7870 GHz edition is a safe bet.
September 27, 2012 5:45:34 PM

Looks o.k. not to bad but if you want a 7950 i recommend Sapphire's HD 7950 Vapor-X it comes with a large dual-fan cooler that uses the company's famous vapor-chamber technology. On the Vapor-X you will also find a "Lethal Boost" button which switches to a second BIOS with higher clock speeds. With this BIOS, clocks are increased to 950 MHz GPU and 1250 MHz memory.
or.... save some money and get a 7870.The MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK is the MSI Lightning's smaller brother. It uses the company's signature Twin Frozr II dual-fan cooler. MSI has also increased the clock speeds of the HD 7870 HAWK to 1100 MHz GPU and 1200 MHz memory.Both are beast!