$700 All purpose build


Jul 26, 2006
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General purpose, Games, VMWare

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I'm open

Overclocking: Sure, I always end up messing with OC anyway

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: This is going to be a general purpose machine that will last a while, hopefully! My current rig is from 2004, single core AMD 64, 7900gs, so things have gotten a bit slow to say the least. I want to do some gaming (with some newer titles finally!), have some VMs set up for a lab, and just the normal everyday computer stuff after that.
Here is the list I'm thinking of

CPU - Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - Microcenter $179.99

Motherboard - P67H2-A3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard - Microcenter $97.99-40 promo=$57.99

Graphics card - XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - Newegg $179.99

Power supply - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg $59.99 promo

Hard drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Newegg $49.99 promo

Memory - Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH - Newegg $58.99

Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER - Newegg $39.99 promo

DVD/CD - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner - Newegg $19.99

OS - Windows 7 64-bit - Newegg $99.99

Total $747 w/ $88 in rebates coming back

I'm not dead set on the vid card, power supply, or motherboard cpu combo if there are better out there for around the same price. I've been out of the building game for a while, and while I've tried to do my research on this, I may have some stinkers in the list.

Help me out



Nov 15, 2009
I can't say much, other than the build looks great. Although I haven't heard anything good about the builder series of Corsair PSU's. It looks like you did a great job at getting the costs as low as possible, you would have to surf the web every day if you want to find the best deals.


Feb 22, 2009
I agree on the power supply, but I haven't heard anything bad either so it could be fine. For the Graphics card I would go with a GTX 560Ti just to get that extra oomph. Better minimum frame rates and more power overall. Everything else looks sick! Good job!