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Old 01-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's what I've decided on, it's putting a strain on my computer budget, so I can't afford any more "upgrades" without taking away from something else. I'm buying from CyberPowerPC.com.
Anywhere you see I can save money, and still get great gaming/video editing performance?
Anywhere that's almost necessary to upgrade?
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  • Tower/Case (includes Blue Neon Lights, Temp Gauge, Fan Speed Gauge, and VU Gauge): ~85.00

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  • CPU: ~$109
    AMD FX-4100 3.60 GHz Quad-Core AM3+ CPU 4MB L2 Cache
  • MOTHERBOARD: ~$70.00
    [CrossFireX] MSI 970A-G45 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ OC Genie II, Winki 3, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
  • RAM/MEMORY: ~$25.00
    4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
  • VIDEO CARD/GPU: ~175.00
    AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe
  • POWER SUPPLY: ~80.00
    700 Watts - XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply
  • HARDDRIVE: ~125.00
    500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD


+ Fee for building and shipping over the internet.
(I don't have the tools or the know-how to build it myself.)


Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm no expert on building computers, so any input about what I could save money on, or what I NEED to upgrade would be fantastic!

Current Approx. Price, Including all fees and shipping:
~$850.00
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Man, are hard drive prices still that high?! That's ridiculously expensive for a hard drive..
EDIT: Everything looks fine to me
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I'd be satisfied with 200-300gigs space, so long as it's 7,200rpm or better... Yea.. They are pretty pricey.
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Nice build, I built my Computer last week and it cost me about €1000, really love my machine but back to your Pc, Its looks great ! But do you need 700 watts ?
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First, I say research and learn how to build it yourself. That will likely give you the best value for gaming.
$85 is too much for a case. You could have higher performance components and a cheaper case.
That power supply also isn't a known quality power supply. Look for Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or anything of our recommended PSUs.
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$85 is too much for a case. You could have higher performance components and a cheaper case.
That does look like a cheaply made case. I'd go with any CM HAF case. Even the 922/912 is good.
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Heres an idea of what you could build for $850

Case - CM HAF 912 - $60 ($10 rebate)
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive - WD 500 GB 16MB cache - $90
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive - Asus 24X DVD Burner - $19
Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners

Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB - $230 ($20 rebate)
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Motherboard - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) - $115 ($20 rebate)
Newegg.com - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $30
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Processor - Intel Core i5-2300 - $180
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300

Power Supply - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - $90 ($10 rebate)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Operating System - Windows 7 64bit - $100
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems


Total: $914 with $60 in rebates

This build would be better suited for gaming. The video card is better, and the processor is too.
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Ghost, everything you suggest is great and all, but I'm strictly Radeon as far as GPUs go
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