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Caelinus View Drop Down
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    Posted: 21 Mar 2012 at 9:02pm
I am not sure if this is the right location to post this, but I need help building a PC for my girlfriend who's old laptop finally gave up trying to survive. We are both broke college students, but we both enjoy gaming, and so I am looking for a sweet spot machine that does not drive me into debt, but can actually run things on low to mid settings.

The problem is, I have not built a computer for 4 years, and so much has happened in the PC world that I feel like I do not have a good starting spot.

I am hoping to get one for under 800, but the lower the better, if anyone can help get me going in the right direction, I would be very happy.
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  Quote Jmundy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 11:10am
Hello Caelinus,
Certainly, I am happy to assist you:
  • COMPUCASE HEC 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX
  • ANTEC Basiq BP550Plus, 550W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, One 6-pin + One 8-pin PCIe
  • GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2, LGA1155, Intel® H61, DDR3-1333 16GB /2, PCIe x16, SATA 3Gb/s /4, VGA, HDA, GbLAN, mATX, Retail
  • INTEL Core™ i5-2400 Quad-Core 3.1 - 3.4GHz TB, HD Graphics 2000, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST VT-d VT-x XD, Retail
  • KINGSTON 8GB (2 x 4GB) ValueRAM PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 (7-7-7) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
  • EVGA GeForce® GTX 550 Ti FPB 951MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4356MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2xDVI+mini-HDMI, Retail
  • SEAGATE 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
  • SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
  • MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
  • WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

Price: $822.05

I did my very best to stay under $800, but I'm afraid a gaming PC requires a specific format of performance that you must adhere to in order to truly provide yourself with an acceptable gaming experience. You will also have the option to upgrade parts, as you feel, in the future.
Please feel free to post with any questions you may have. Thank you for visiting AVAForums!
Kind Regards,
Joseph Mundy
Assistant Sales Manager
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