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January 2, 2013 9:53:24 PM

So I was looking at the following GPU & CPU combos:

HD 7850 ($170 w/MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Phenom II x4 965 BE ($99): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $270

or...

GTX 650 ti ($140 w/MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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i3-3220 ($130): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $270


The thing with getting the GTX 650 ti and i3 is that I have a CM Elite 360 chassis that it will fit into, but it's too small for a 7850. If I get the 7850, I will have to buy a new chassis. I also worry that and i3 will not perform as well as the Phenom in video editing, as that is also something I do. Thanks for reading!
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January 2, 2013 10:14:35 PM

My initial call would be the i3 w/ GTX650Ti. However, we do not know your budget, and you will need a motherboard for your CPU. If we have a whole system to work with we can work our black magic and make it great. I do see that i3 has $10 off right now. Take into consideration the AMD FX-6300 chip. It is a 6 core processor for $140 and will run between an i3 and i5 in performance. Typically it runs close to an i3 in apps that do not use more than 2 threads and for apps that like multiple cores it scores closer to the i5's. So for a few extra bucks you can get that. As far a video cards go, you will want to throw as much of your budget at it as you can to get the best gaming performance. I don't see why a 7850 would not fit in your case.
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January 2, 2013 10:43:34 PM

The Elite 360 is my cousin's old one and he said his 6850 couldn't even fit in there.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vypw
This is sorta what I have worked out so far but IDK if I'm making good calls for some of the parts. My budget WAS $500 but I've extended to $600.
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January 3, 2013 12:54:58 AM

All right so hear me out on this one. It is slightly over $600 but worth every penny. Also, please observe there is a combo with the i5 and memory. I chose the Sandy Bridge i5 as it gets you an i5 over an i3. Also, please know that there is a $20 code for that case on Newegg so knock another $10 off the price as the list shows Amazon as $10 cheaper than Newegg, but the code makes it worth it. Honestly, I would get everything from Newegg so it is easier, but it is your call as most is from there anyway. I kept your chosen power supply, video card, and HDD. The rest is chosen for best performance. Please let me know if you have any questions .

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vAbK




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January 3, 2013 8:38:16 PM

Thanks for the build, but it seems that the computer gods smile upon me. I have recently uncovered 2 old HDDs, one with 250gb 7200 rpm the other with 100gb and 7200 rpm. I also found a new optical drive. These were all sitting in the basement, right under my nose! So knock off the price of the storage and optical drive. Thanks again!
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January 3, 2013 9:32:30 PM

Ummmm i wouldn't be saving any data to them, but maybe for an OS it is fine. I am very picky with data drives. I don't keep data on drives older than 5 years. That is when their failure rate starts to go up quite a bit.
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January 4, 2013 1:34:58 AM

Ah, I believe they're not too old as the 250gb was unopened. If you have had any experience with the CM Elite 360, could you recommend a graphics card that fits in it? I'm thinking the GTX 650 Ti but if it's worth it I might just spend more money to get a new chassis. Trying to save as much money as possible so I would prefer to just use the case that I already have. If the airflow in the Elite 360 is not good and it's just a bad idea overall I might just go with that build you posted.
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January 4, 2013 2:17:56 AM

If it is unopened, then that is perfectly fine. What make is it?

I still don't see why a 7850 wouldn't fit in that case. I don't believe a 7850 is any longer than the motherboard is wide so it should fit. If not then go get a case, but I hear you on reusing a case, it's one less thing to buy. Airflow should be fine as long as you at least have a good exhaust fan at the rear of the case.
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January 4, 2013 2:21:30 AM

Ohh wait. I see how that case works now. The power supply sits at the front and gets in the ways... I just looked at some images. Yeah that might not work. I'd get a new case and be done with it. That corsair 300R is a really really good price and you can reuse that over and over.
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January 4, 2013 2:28:02 AM

Thanks for the help, I'm probably just gonna get the case you suggested. The HDD is a Seagate Barracuda (I think)
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January 4, 2013 3:21:22 AM

A good solid case will just cause less headaches in the long run and give you options for future upgrades.

Oh yeah just run with the Seagate drive then. I used Seagate drives for years and never had an issue. The OEM Seagates are cheaper than the usually retail ones. I don't mean bare drives I mean the OEM drives that are used in Dell or HP type stuff. You will be perfectly fine with that and it will save some $$
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January 4, 2013 6:31:18 PM

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