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Old 04-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys Im looking to spend 700 on a PC to play Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, WoW and Skyrim on High/ Very High

Is it worth it to build yourself still? I have a monitor (19 inches), keyboard, OS, and mouse. Any suggestions or opinions? 700 dollar builds? thanks

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Old 04-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you already have an OS then build, that $100 is one of the limiting factors of budget builds.

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If you think you'd eventually crossfire it might be worth the extra $10 for the Antec EarthWatts 750W.

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I would build the personalization you get when you do it your self is outstanding. plus you know what your putting in there for you are more the "master" of your machine. with an OS and all that you can have something that is entirely yours. In the end you will feel better knowing you made it. Hope this helped ya out.
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Barebones kits still need to be built and customized.

Use deals/bundles on newegg or like sites are your best options.
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And since you have a 19" monitor you wont need THAT much horsepower to play these games.
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Thanks for the replies, love these forums

I think my own build would be best, does anyone have a suggestion for a 700 dollar build?

BTW I want to upgrade to a 22 inch monitor and play on a 46 inch LCD at times with the wife

Thanks guys

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