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Old 08-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am rebuilding a system for my brother and he's looking to spend around $600. He's a big gamer and is looking to get ready for Battlefield 3. He won't be doing any overclocking or SLI/Crossfire. He just needs something solid that will preform well for him while gaming. That being said all he needs is a Mobo/CPU, a PSU, and a Graphics Card (he prefers Nvidia). He already ordered 8GB's of G-Skill DDR3, and has a case, and hard drive.

Originally I was going to try and do an i5 2500/2500k but I don't know if that's possible and still be able get a decent GPU. Any suggestions?
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How about 604.70? with $30 back in rebates.

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I'm concerned on cx lines.. The 600 has 40A, where as the Antec is packing 2 38A rails... 50W and 20 plus Amps is a winner for Antc
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not my first choice if I was buying a power supply. not bottom of the pack either.
but for the budget, it'll do.
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Between Corsair and Antec I would go with Antec.
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Looks good. Now if he were to spend another $100 or so would it be more beneficial to get an like a 60GB SSD for the OS or getter a better GPU?
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For a hardcore gamer, I'd put the $ into a better GPU.
$248 Gigabyte HD6950.
$220 (w/MiR) EVGA GTX560 Ti.

Did his old computer have a retail or OEM version of Windows? If it was OEM that $100 might have to go toward a new copy since you're changing out the motherboard.
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