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So Im finally caving and building a SB as my comp is in serious need of an upgrade

My budget is flexible, to a degree. Lower prices are better, no doubt, but Im not gonna squeeze on $10-20.

I have no issue with Buying Used, Re-certified, or "Open Box" if it results in a decent savings

I live near to a Microcenter. I prefer shopping at MicroCenter and Amazon.com over NewEgg when the price is the same or close due to their open return policies should anything be wrong with the item(s).

Need:

  • CPU (<$200)
  • MOBO (<$150)
  • GPU (?? ^.^)
  • PSU (<$50?)
  • RAM (<$80)
  • Case ($<100)
  • HDD ($50-75)

CPU Preferably $200 or less.
Pretty certain it'll be a i5 2500k from MicroCenter
Case Preferably $100 or less.
Leaning towards $50-75 for a case. Something that looks decent with good/great airflow . Optionally: Front USB 3.0 ports are smexy (specially on the top).
HDD Preferably $75 or less.
RAM Preferably $80 or less.
I figure 8GB of "whatevers good" .
GPU
I still need to research this more. Taking suggestions. Leaning heavily towards nVidia. Initially will be getting 1 GPU card, with the expectancy of adding a second in SLI at a later date.

MoBo Preferably $150 or less.
Desired features: P67. SLI Capable.
I've left the motherboard for last because the Z68 is coming in the following week. Although the prices I've seen are fairly high ($300-500), if nothing else, they will lower current P67 prices. Though I'd love to get a Z68 if 1 comes out in an affordable price range .

I've done a good bit of searching and found the following MOBOs. Of course, this is a tentative list as I expect things to change. But lets run with the assumption that I will get a P67 MoBo. Any suggestion on which one?ASUS P8P67-M PRO seems to be a great deal price point wise. Only concern is if spacing will be an issue due to size.

Code:
ASUS P8P67-M PRO$120 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67-M PRO$140 ShippedAmazonASUS P8P67$127 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67 Pro$151 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67 PRO$175 ShippedAmazonASUS P8P67 Deluxe$191 Open BoxMicroCenterGA P67A-D3$118 ShippedNewEggGA P67A-UD3$125 ShippedAmazonGA-P67X-UD3$140 MicroCenterGA P67A-UD4$180 ShippedAmazon


Sorry for the wall of text ^_^
Edited by Cloud007 - 5/5/11 at 7:13pm
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Just a couple questions, what are you going to use the rig for, gaming? if gaming what res will you be playing?

Answering those willl determine the recommendations given for parts from this point forward.
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I will go ahead and recommend the mobo, ram psu and graphics card.

Mobo - Asus P8p67 Pro or Gigabyte P67 UD4 or if you r looking to save a bit of money go for the Asrock P67 extreme4.

Ram - If your main purpose will be gaming then you don't need 8GB, get 4GB. As for the brand I would go for Gskill. THe gskill RipjawX CL9 1600mhz seems like one of the best choices.

GPU - Taking into consideration the res that you will be playing, I will either recommend a 560ti or 6850. MSI seems to bee a popular brand, I have heard nothing but good things about the Twin Frozr editions.

PSU - Depending on your graphics card options, if you went with either a 560ti or 6850 then a 650w should be more than enough, even for SLI or crossfire (someone please correct me if im wrong). I will go ahead and recommend the one in my sig rig. The Antec New TP 650w, I was recommended this psu a couple days ago by a lot of people and I got two.

I'd leave the components for the other members to comment on. Hope that helps getting the big ones out the way
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