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Upgrade your hardrive to 1TB. You can do it for the same price as the 500GB, use this promocode: EMCKFHB22
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Nice build on a tight budget. Personally I would try getting a slightly more powerful PSU in case you think of upgrading the VGA in the future.
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Build looks great. I'm assuming you already have an OS.
     
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If you're close to a microcenter, pick up the i5 2400 from them, it's only $150+tax.
    
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And the "average" user will never use all of it But it's cheap, so what the heck!
Maybe if you want to play Crysis 2 MP at the highest settings but probably not for something like Portal 2.

As you say RAM is cheap as chips and wont actually hinder performance unlike the 1 TB hard-drive for that build.
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Am I the only person who thinks this is a bad idea?

For only 10$ more, you can get a 2500k and overclock like crazy.

All you'd need is an extra 40$ for a motherboard, which would also be far, far higher quality.

That H61 boards looks like the cheapest motherboard I have ever seen. I wouldn't touch it with a stick.

So, for 700$, you could get twice the performance, not to mention reliability, upgrade-ability, etc.
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Am I the only person who thinks this is a bad idea?

For only 10$ more, you can get a 2500k and overclock like crazy.

All you'd need is an extra 40$ for a motherboard, which would also be far, far higher quality.

That H61 boards looks like the cheapest motherboard I have ever seen. I wouldn't touch it with a stick.

So, for 700$, you could get twice the performance, not to mention reliability, upgrade-ability, etc.
Considering that the OP only plans on getting a gpu that would actually use that much processing power later on there is no point. He might as well put that extra hundred towards a better gpu now. i5 2400 would handle a 6970 fine anyway.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 4/29/11 at 6:16am
 
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post #28 of 58
Honestly, for a limited budget, I would go with this 2500k combo to start with and then save some more money for future upgrades like a good cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.634263

You should then try to snag a 5770 in the OCN marketplace.
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Am I the only person who thinks this is a bad idea?

For only 10$ more, you can get a 2500k and overclock like crazy.

All you'd need is an extra 40$ for a motherboard, which would also be far, far higher quality.

That H61 boards looks like the cheapest motherboard I have ever seen. I wouldn't touch it with a stick.

So, for 700$, you could get twice the performance, not to mention reliability, upgrade-ability, etc.
That defeats the purpose of a $600 rig
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Its still a perfectly valid option considering that an i3-2120 is $55 cheaper than an i5-2400.
Looking towards tomorrow, I think it's much better invested into the CPU and more cores though. I know it's got Hyper-threading, but still. If you're on a budget and have to scale back, RAM and GPUs are the place to do it since they're often less hassle and/or cheaper to upgrade. I know you can get a bit better gaming performance with a better GPU now, but the CPU, PSU, etc., etc., those are the the sorts of things that are the foundation and I, personally, would stress those a little more.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/29/11 at 6:20am
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