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The difference between Athlon II quad and an i5 is about 10-15FPS, the money saved with AMD can be spent on a better GPU. That is a stock Athlon II, not overclocked.
    
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Quick and dirty build, yes its intel but its hard not to spend the money on that with this sort of budget. Could go x4 955 to free up extra GPU money, and skimp on the ram and try and fit a GTX 580 in there.

2x4gb ddr3 1600 $50

GTX 560ti $200 AMIR with Batman

Great Modular 650w PSU $80(look at professional reviews!) capable of SLI with the 560ti's

ASRock z68 board with x8/x8 sli/xfire support $130

i5 2500k $190

Samsung f3 1TB $50

Some random dvdr drive if you need one for some reason $20

Your monitor goes here $130


$900

SLI is possible for upgrade later if needed, SSD possible now if wanted. I really didnt even look for hard for deals, this could be beat pretty easily.

Options:

Aftermarket cooling: Sunbeam Twister (push/pull fans and good Thermal paste included) 22$ shipped (shoprunner trial is free, and its legit, ive used it before)

SSD m4 64GB $105


Maybe a better GPU and PSU:
GTX 570 $290 AMIR
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and 750w modular PSU for SLI headroom $90

The 570 and 750w psu would keep you right at budget!
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 10/6/11 at 4:55pm
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Random on topic comments:

I had a $400 27" hansg/hanspree monitor die on me a little over a year after ownership so i don't suggest that brand. The viewing angles sucked too. - Maybe consider Asus.

Wow some one who actually uses public wishlists imagine that

It kinda makes me chuckle to see 'builds' w/no OS included in the cost. Is this a linux machine? hah
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I had a $400 27" hansg/hanspree monitor die on me a little over a year after ownership so i don't suggest that brand. The viewing angles sucked too. - Maybe consider Asus.

Wow some one who actually uses public wishlists imagine that

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I generally assume that that money has been set aside already, unless otherwise requested.
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