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Old 02-26-2009, 01:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Less than a week ago, I was planning on buying a totally new PC (including peripherals, display, speakers, and even OS). The bad news is, my budget went down from $2000, to $1200. Big change, I know. The good news is, I was recently given a brand new GTX260 core216 as a gift. I also got hold of a nice mouse and keyboard, as well as a set of speakers. So here's my current challenge:

- Budget: Absolutely no more than $1300.
- Processor: Core i7
- RAM: 6 GB (SDRAM 1600)
- Motherboard: X58
- Display: 1080p 21.5"
- Hard Drive: 7200 RPM SATA (320+GB)
- Other parts: Case, Power Supply, Cooling System, Power Protection, DVD/RW, Windows Vista Home Basic
- Possibly: Sound Card, Network Card, etc.

Wishful thinking?
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Heres what I put together. You could probably cut a few more corners but I didn't feel like searching more.

Newegg.com - LIAN LI Lan cool PC-K1B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out - LCD Monitors

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

You probably won't like that case so feel free to change it, I just picked it because it was relatively cheap but still a Lian-Li. I also put in home premium because home basic is dumb. Oh and why do you want the 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor?
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I suggest this ram
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

This one has better latency and it cost the same
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Go with the G skill ram, you wont regret it
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didn't see that one maroon. good find
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