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I'm doing a build for a friend in the states and I keep going over budget.

What do you guys suggest for this budget?

I was hoping for SB build for future upgradability.

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If it's for that, there's really no need for Sandy Bridge. For $700, however, it is very possible to make a Sandy Bridge Gaming PC. At that pricepoint, you will be limited to a single GPU, though.

Asus DVD+RW Drive: $18

Rosewill Blackbone Black Case: $45

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

MSI GTX 460 768MB TwinFrozr II SOC: $150

Antec EA-430D 430W PSU: $50

TEAM Xtreem Dark 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM: $45

MSI P67A-C43 Rev. B3 Motherboard: $125

Intel Core i5 2500K: $220

Subtotal: $693
Total: $704

With this you'll be able to do pretty much anything you want.
    
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If it's for that, there's really no need for Sandy Bridge. For $700, however, it is very possible to make a Sandy Bridge Gaming PC. At that pricepoint, you will be limited to a single GPU, though.

Asus DVD+RW Drive: $18

Rosewill Blackbone Black Case: $45

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

MSI GTX 460 768MB TwinFrozr II SOC: $150

Antec EA-430D 430W PSU: $50

TEAM Xtreem Dark 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM: $45

MSI P67A-C43 Rev. B3 Motherboard: $125

Intel Core i5 2500K: $220

Subtotal: $693
Total: $704

With this you'll be able to do pretty much anything you want.

I like these suggestions but with one exception - I'd get this RAM instead G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

It's the same specs as what LOL_Wut_Axel suggested, but at 1.5v instead of 1.65v. Sandy Bridge uses lower VTT and should be matched with lower voltage RAM. Some people say 1.65v will have no effect on Sandy Bridge, but the long-term effects are unknown right now, so I wouldn't risk damaging my CPU, especially when you can get the same specs at lower voltage for just $3 more.

Addendum:
Intel's electrical specifications (Page 80) for 2nd-Gen Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs states that the max DDR3 voltage is 1.575v. Again, exceed this specification at your own risk, but to me the risk isn't worth it, especially without any performance gains.

Also, the video card requires 2x 6-pin PCIe power connectors, but that power supply only has one so it won't work with the video card. You would need something like the Corsair CX500 instead, which has two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. The Corsair CX500 is $45 after rebate. [retracted]
Edited by dkim1359 - 3/17/11 at 1:36pm
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I like these suggestions but with one exception - I'd get this RAM instead G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

It's the same specs as what LOL_Wut_Axel suggested, but at 1.5v instead of 1.65v. Sandy Bridge uses lower VTT and should be matched with lower voltage RAM. Some people say 1.65v will have no effect on Sandy Bridge, but the long-term effects are unknown right now, so I wouldn't risk damaging my CPU, especially when you can get the same specs at lower voltage for just $3 more.

Addendum:
Intel's electrical specifications (Page 80) for 2nd-Gen Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs states that the max DDR3 voltage is 1.575v. Again, exceed this specification at your own risk, but to me the risk isn't worth it, especially without any performance gains.

Also, the video card requires 2x 6-pin PCIe power connectors, but that power supply only has one so it won't work with the video card. You would need something like the Corsair CX500 instead, which has two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. The Corsair CX500 is $45 after rebate.
Agree with the RAM but not the PSU. The EA-430 is a MUCH better PSU than the Corsair CX500. Corsair's Builder series are horrible Power Supplies when it comes to power delivery. The EarthWatts may be rated for a lower wattage, but it can deliver more and is more reliable. There's too many horror stories concerning this new Builder series.

To OP: get that RAM but DO NOT get that PSU. Many people have had it take out their system with it. You can just use the Molex-to-PCI-E adapter included with the GPU to connect the remaining connector on the GPU.
    
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Agree with the RAM but not the PSU. The EA-430 is a MUCH better PSU than the Corsair CX500. Corsair's Builder series are horrible Power Supplies when it comes to power delivery. The EarthWatts may be rated for a lower wattage, but it can deliver more and is more reliable. There's too many horror stories concerning this new Builder series.

To OP: get that RAM but DO NOT get that PSU. Many people have had it take out their system with it. You can just use the Molex-to-PCI-E adapter included with the GPU to connect the remaining connector on the GPU.
Thanks for clarifying that. I didn't realize the CX series moved away from Seasonic units. They used to be good.
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You can grab the i5 2500k from Microcenter for only $180. Don't spend $220. And please don't get a 400 watt PSU. You're just going to incur more spending when you want to add more parts.
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If you have just a little bit more money to throw at it though, I'd say go for the ASRock P67 Extreme4, way more features for just $25 more.
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Thanks guys.
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You could substitute this MSI 1gb GTX460 for the 768mb and it's roughly the same price AFTER rebate. (pretend edit, I guess the Twin Frozr 768mb version is $129 after rebate)

If he has a microcenter nearby the best option would be to pick up the 2500k instore.

As for the PSU, I've used the 430w Earthwatts in my rig when my Corsair PSU was out for RMA and I currently have the newer version running in a spare PC here. IMO it's one of the best bang for the buck PSUs in that price and capacity.

It's currently $44 with free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371034
Prices are constantly changing so the end results will vary day to day.
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