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November 22, 2012 9:40:42 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime as I am in no rush. Should I wait for the 8xxxx series?

Budget Range: Around $750 with monitor ($150) = $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (recent and future) , music, movies, working

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, cd/dvd drive, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: frys, newegg, microcenter, amazon (since amazon isnt tax free anymore, I would rather pick the parts up from newegg than wait for them to ship) (are there any tax free alternatives? o.co?)

Country: SoCal, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Little to None

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 maxed out in games preferably

Additional Comments: It has to be quiet enough for work and typing.

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Moniter: ASUS VS229H-P Black 21.5" 5ms (GTG) HDMI IPS-Panel LED-Backlit Widescreen LCD Monitor ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I hate pixels so 22 with a 0.248mm pixel pitch should be nice. It's an IPS with LED Backlighting and its only 5ms. Should be perfect.

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CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor ($170)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K...

Although Im planning to do little to no overclocking, a 3570k at 170 is a steal.

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Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ($75) - $15

Z77 and its cheap. Reviews make getting a working board a gamble though. Recommendations?

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Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DDR3-1600. 4GB x 2. More than enough right?

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GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($210) - $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap.

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PSU: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W ($53) - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Super cheap after rebate.
700W. 2 +12V Rails. Modular. 80 plus bronze. 135mm quiet. Unreliable?

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Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SEXY.

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Hard Drive: undecided.

SSD? I do not need much space. Even a 250gb harddrive is plentiful. Regular hard drives load windows fast enough IMO. The hard drive does not affect FPS IIRC. Educate me please.

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Subtotal: ~$750 before tax/shipping/rebates
November 22, 2012 10:15:00 PM

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November 23, 2012 8:18:42 PM

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November 24, 2012 3:22:51 AM

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November 24, 2012 3:48:40 AM

Most people would recommend a different brand than Raidmax for a PSU. As a really bad PSU can wind up taking out several components (or the entire computer) when it dies, you should probably consider the more respected brands for your power supply. Seasonic, Power PC & Cooling, Corsair, Antec, XFX, and some Rosewill are pretty good. With what you have listed, you shouldn't need anything more than a 600w PSU.
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