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Old February 23, 2012, 05:44 AM
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my budget is $1000 for the tower.
i need a really well-rounded pc that handles games well and is fast and powerful.
120+gb ssd would be nice but not needed. also an intel fan for cpus :)
dnt care about graphics brand

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ps: instead of responding like "1000 dollars wont get you fast and powerful, keep in mind that my current pc has an i3 and a 5670. :D
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Old February 23, 2012, 07:38 AM
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I5 2500K- $229
Z68 Board of Choice, although P67 can be had cheap if you look around. $130
ATI 6870- Around $160 on sale- If you want to go higher try for a 6950 1gb - $229
8 GbDDR3 -1600- $45
550-650w psu- $70
Case- Corsair 400R- $100
Corsair Force 3 120G SSD- $190

That should do it!
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Old February 23, 2012, 12:27 PM
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Agreed, but swap that SSD for a Crucial M4 128...running about $180 right now.
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Old February 23, 2012, 12:35 PM
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If you already have a half decent, brand name PSU rated at least 550W you can probably go ahead and reuse that. Same thing with the motherboard.

It would help to know what kind of motherboard you have. Is your i3 an 1155 SB, or is it an 1156 clarkdale? If you've got an 1155 SB i3, you could probably get away with keeping your existing mobo and swapping out the processor and video card and adding an SSD. You could use the money you save on the motherboard to put towards a better video card, such as a 6970, or if you wanted to stretch, a 7950.
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Old February 23, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Kribster pretty much nailed it. I just helped my friend build a pc almost exactly like that, with exception to the ssd, I also recommended the crucial m4.

You could potentially save some money by stepping down to a 64gb SSD, and budgeting a little more on the case to juggle money into other areas like if you wanted to get a 2gb 6950. I noticed the Patriot Pyro SE 64gb SSD has a wicked read speed and is on sale at memory express right now. Been eyeing it myself.
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Nah, you don't want to go with anything smaller than a 128GB. I made the mistake of going with a 64GB SSD and I'm kicking myself now. I have half my games installed on the SSD, and half my games installed on my HDD. I regret going with an SSD as small as the 64GB.
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Nah, you don't want to go with anything smaller than a 128GB. I made the mistake of going with a 64GB SSD and I'm kicking myself now. I have half my games installed on the SSD, and half my games installed on my HDD. I regret going with an SSD as small as the 64GB.
Go z68 and use the cache feature. It works well and when paired with a nice hdd, you really cant tell the difference. That's why I only have a 60gb force 3. I can remove it and use it for my bench drive and just put it back when I need to. Best of both worlds. You can only tell the difference when benching.
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