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Old July 9, 2011, 05:50 PM
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hi all
i need help picking part,i'll be buying from newegg,thx

1.What YOUR PC will be used for gaming only

2. What YOUR budget is. $720

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. USA

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.intel

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts.No

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads. yes

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking,No

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?today

9. What resolution do you u,1600x900
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Old July 10, 2011, 07:13 AM
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Have a look at the August issue of Maximum PC where they detail their process of a $667 PC and modify it to fit your budget. Maybe upgrade the CPU, or the GPU. (It would be nice to bump up to a 6850).
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Old July 10, 2011, 08:06 AM
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You can find that article online here: Maximum PC | How to Build a Kick-Ass Gaming Rig for Under $700

edit...I would definitely consider a better psu than the one they used in that build.
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You can find that article online here: Maximum PC | How to Build a Kick-Ass Gaming Rig for Under $700

edit...I would definitely consider a better psu than the one they used in that build.
Agreed. Always get as good a PSU as humanly possible. Look for a deal.
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My general rule of thumb is that the PSU has to be at least 10% of the cost of the entire build. Corsair has good budget PSU too. (CX builder series)
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My general rule of thumb is that the PSU has to be at least 10% of the cost of the entire build
I generally shy away from "this has to cost fraction X of entire setup Y" because it sometimes can lead you astray. My favourite is the Future Shop people trying to convince you the HDMI cable has to cost 10% percent of the price of the TV or whatever it was.

Anyway I agree that the PSU should be changed for that build.
At the same price, the older Antec Earthwatts 380W power supply will be better - an i3 plus a GPU with only 1 supplemental power connector would have a hard time consuming over 230W (~70W CPU, 150W max on GPU, and Intel's new chipsets draw insignificant power):
Newegg.ca - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

It seems the Gigabyte motherboard in the MaxPC was also pricier on Newegg so here's some alternatives:
Newegg.ca - ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.ca - MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

If you count on MIRs you should be able to find a Radeon 6850 for ~170 - 20 MIR or something to bring it virtually to the $150 that they depicted for the lower end 6790.

I think that case is horrible to look at - a Cooler Master Elite series at the approx. same price will net you better cooling.

Aside from that, it looks like the build on Reyzac / PerryC's reference is solid.
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