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First PC Build for Gaming & Video Editing, <$600

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October 29, 2012 6:28:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: Looking for around $500, less than $600 preferably

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Programming, Surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Everything except case and Optical Drive, I'm using a Cooler Master Elite 360 and some OD I had laying around.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Frys.com (They have some pretty low prices but idk if they're reliable)

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: If budget permits, an Intel i5 but I'd be cool with an AMD Quad Core. I was looking at the new GTX 650 ti since it's small and fairly powerful and cheap. Lastly, any 8gb of ram will suffice.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I will be playing Guild Wars 2 mostly and maybe some Battlefield 3 (I also have a mouse and keyboard).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm using a Gateway NV53 notebook from 2009 and it's not quite doing the job

So far this is what I have for my build:

Graphics/Video Card: EVGA GTX 650 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i5 3470 (probably being unrealistic here :p ) or Phenom II X4 965 BE
i5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That leaves me without a Motherboard, PSU, RAM, and cooling fans.

Thanks.



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October 29, 2012 7:09:20 PM

And I have a Micro Center about 30 mins away. Can I have some more input about the graphics card? It's fairly new so I haven't seen much input about it.
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October 29, 2012 7:11:47 PM

a 650Ti is only like 20 dollars less than a 7850 which will be A LOT better.
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October 29, 2012 7:30:43 PM

Don't think a 7850 would fit in the Cooler Master 360 so any suggestions for a case?
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October 29, 2012 7:32:26 PM

cooler master 430. its 39.99 and a great case!
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October 29, 2012 7:34:19 PM
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