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What I would consider an example of the minimum system that I would classify as a "gaming system." At the time I published this list, this is what I would buy and build if putting together an entry-level PC gaming desktop.

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Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $139.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $139.00 Amazon Buy
Motherboard $99.99 -$20.00 $1.99 $81.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Memory $84.99 FREE $84.99 Newegg Buy
Storage $81.99 FREE $81.99 Newegg Marketplace Buy
Video Card
Case $54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $54.99 Amazon Buy
Power Supply $94.88 $94.88 OutletPC Buy
Optical Drive $53.49 $53.49 OutletPC Buy
Operating System $98.58 -$10.00 $88.58 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $707.91
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $679.90
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Part List Price History (Excluding Tax and Combo Deals)



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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
MSI Z170-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory 7W - 7W
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 64W - 268W
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2016 03 (March) Budget Build