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First, I'm keeping my case, hard drive (unless problems arise with a rebuild), and PSU (650 Earthwatts). What I need is a CPU, Mobo, GPU, and RAM. I need something powerful enough to run the latest games (especially Mass Effect 3 :D ), but not necessarily a beast that will last years upon years (this one lasted 3.5 and is just showing signs of obsolescence) I have roughly a $500 budget.

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.

turbo edit - this is post-xmas build, ~$300 from xmas gifts, and just under $300 saved by paying off my car insurance early so i have extra money for Jan and Feb. I hope to build by then.

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[b] [size=3]GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard[/size][/b]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478

[size=3]$140[/size]

[b] [size=3]Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400[/size][/b]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

[size=3]$190[/size]

[b] [size=3]G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL[/size][/b]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

[size=3]$30[/size]

[b] [size=3]EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card[/size][/b]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660

[size=3]$165[/size]

That's $525 with free shipping...and that's a fairly beastly computer. Add an ssd drive for another $75 and you'd have something to brag about.

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[quote name='Mr. Bitches' timestamp='1323476883' post='15851']
[b] [size=3]GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard[/size][/b]
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128478[/url]

[size=3]$140[/size]

[b] [size=3]Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400[/size][/b]
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115074[/url]

[size=3]$190[/size]

[b] [size=3]G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL[/size][/b]
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231428[/url]

[size=3]$30[/size]

[b] [size=3]EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card[/size][/b]
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130660[/url]

[size=3]$165[/size]

That's $525 with free shipping...and that's a fairly beastly computer. Add an ssd drive for another $75 and you'd have something to brag about.
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[color=#ffa500][size=4][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Great suggestions above! If possible, you might want to try to squeeze in a 560 ti (vice a plain 560). With the base system above, you will do great and going forward, your best performance gains will come from stronger GPUs.[/font][/size][/color]

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[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Okay, my dad and godfather kick ass. They're going to buy parts for me as long as I pay them back with the money I previously mentioned. Here's what I chose: [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz Quad-Core CPU[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]MSI PH67S-C43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card.[/font][/size][/color]
[size=4][color=#ffffff][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]It will run anywhere for $520-$590, depending on the seller.[/font][/color][/size]

[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]I have an Earthwatts 650w PSU, which can handle all of it. I'm keeping the case.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Also, HOLY SHIT HARD DRIVES ARE EXPENSIVE AS FUCK NOW. I have a 160GB internal and 160GB external from my previous build, but I guess I'll have to upgrade soon.[/font][/size][/color]

[color=#ffffff][size=3][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Quick question, could I upgrade to windows 64-bit with this rig?[/font][/size][/color]

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No. Again, can I run Windows 64-bit with this rig?

Also, I added RAM just in case this rig is 64-bit compatible.


[url="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wob"]Part list permalink[/url] / [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wob/by_merchant"]Part price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52500k"]Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-ph67sc43b3"]MSI PH67S-C43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($84.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f310666cl9d8gbsr"]G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory[/url] ($29.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr695oc1gd"]Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card[/url] ($239.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $534.96
[i](Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)[/i]
[i](Generated 2011-12-10 17:12 EST-0500)[/i]

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That's because I forgot to add a hard drive:

[url="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZsW"]Part list permalink[/url] / [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZsW/by_merchant"]Part price breakdown by merchant[/url]

[b]CPU:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52500"]Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($206.97 @ CompUSA)
[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-ph67sc43b3"]MSI PH67S-C43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($84.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Memory:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f310666cl9d8gbsr"]G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory[/url] ($29.99 @ Newegg)
[b]Hard Drive:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2500aakx"]Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($69.95 @ Amazon)
[b]Video Card:[/b] [url="http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr695oc1gd"]Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card[/url] ($239.99 @ Amazon)
[b]Total:[/b] $605.92
[i](Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)[/i]
[i](Generated 2011-12-13 16:08 EST-0500)[/i]

For some reason it keeps showing the HDD at $43.98 @ NCIX US, which is complete bullshit. 1) Out of stock. 2) When it gets back in stock, there's gonna be a catch. 3) I DIDN'T FUCKING ORDER IT FROM THERE.

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For [quote name='Mr. Bitches' timestamp='1323574977' post='15873']
that msi mobo might be a bit iffy...and for the price you're paying I think you could get a better video card
[/quote]

What do you mean, iffy? You can't just say something like that and not explain yourself. If you're simply not a fan of MSI, say so. If they bash their products with a steel dildo before boxing them, say so. Throw me a bone here.
I'm not looking at Nvidia cards due to repeated bad experiences, if you were referring to them as the "better" video card.

And PCpartpicker compares dozens of manufacturers and lets you choose, so I'm pretty sure I got the best deal out there.

Not looking to OC either, hence the 2500 instead of the 2500k and the regular motherboard.

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Ordered. Should be here just before Xmas, assembled by then, but not really put into action until afterwards once all the out of town family stuff is done. So basically, around my =ADK= birthday :D

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