Best 700 Dollar Gaming PC Build, The Big Leagues

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If you have the budget for a 700 dollar gaming PC build, you really are in for an awesome computer that is what I would now call a high-end Gaming PC. I researched for hours putting this build together and making sure that it was well optimized and I’m pleased to say that the gaming build I’ve chosen really will impress anyone who decides to build it.

If this build isn’t what you are looking for whatever reason another build that is cheaper, but still an awesome PC that I call the “Beauty and the Beast” is my 600 dollar gaming computer build.

Now without further ado, it’s time to jump into this build and show you what really makes this build high-end.

Why Build Your Own PC, Instead Of Buying One A Pre-Built One?

Now before I get into this build I’m going to field this question that I’ve been asked many times.

For most people, buying a pre-built desktop is cool and I get that, but when you’re a gamer and buying a PC you are really getting ripped off. These pre-built PC’s are usually way overpriced and the same PC can be built for much cheaper. If that’s okay with you then I understand, but personally I would want to get as much power for my gaming PC that I could for the money. That’s where building your own gaming PC comes into play.

Yes, you have to put in some hard work when making your own PC, but that just makes using the PC all the better because YOU put it together and made it. Not someone else, but you did it. If you’re anything like me then the feeling you will have when you finish building your gaming PC will be something that you will remember for a long time. Oh yeah, you will also officially be known as that computer person that can fix all tech related issues, by all of your non-tech friends who are astonished that anyone could somehow build a PC, so get ready for that.

Finally, I want you to know that even if you are intimidated that I will be here with you every step of the way and I will answer any questions that you may have about PC building. Just leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as I see it. 

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  • (Optional) Static Wrist-Band


A static wrist band isn’t necessary unless you aren’t going to be building your PC on a hard surface such as a desk or hardwood floor. If your going to building on carpet (why though?), get one.

Building a PC can be difficult without any instructions, fortunately for you with the dawn of the internet there are plenty of helpful videos and helpful people around who are more than willing to help. Below is a video that will help you build your first gaming computer. It’s short and concise, but if you would like a more in-depth video I would check out my How To Build A PC Page.


I understand that a video might not be enough for some people, so I just want to formally say, if you need help with anything about the PC building process please leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as I see it. Well with all  that out the way it’s finally building time!


When planning this PC build, I was looking for something that could really take you into the big leagues of PC gaming. With this build,  I’ve made you will be able to play all but the most graphically intense games on ultra settings 1080p and can even start looking into higher resolution monitors if you would like to.

What I mean by the big leagues is basically with this build you are starting to move up to those builds that will last you for years without having to upgrade much. Even if you do end up upgrading this build can easily be upgraded to be even more future proof in the future due to this build including an ATX motherboard and also a nice spacious case. This build is easily worth every penny and by getting the parts, you will have the best value you can get for your money.

Below is the Build and also the build description if you would like to learn even more about the parts you are spending your money on (something I encourage). Just so you know this build is updated very often and will always be up to date to make sure you are buying the most optimal parts.

The Build

Last Updated: July 16th, 2017

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    Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01

    A Big Case, With An Awesome Design, Also Great Build Quality Check The Current Price

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    Corsair 550 Watt Power Supply

    80+ Bronze, Will Power Up The Build! Check The Current Price

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    ZOTAC Geforce 1060 Mini 6GB

    An Amazing GPU That Makes This Build 10 Times Better! Check The Current Price

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    Intel i3-7100

    3.90 Ghz Processor, Great CPU For Gaming On A Tight Budget! Check The Current Price

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    Gigabyte Kabylake B250 MATX Motherboard

    Great Micro-ATX Motherboard! Up to 64GB’s of RAM and plenty of BIOS options! Check The Current Price

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    Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit

    One 8GB Stick Of RAM, Perfect For Those Who Want To Upgrade To 16GB’s In The Future Check The Current Price

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    WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive

    3.5 Inches, 7200RPM, Very Reliable Hard Drive Check The Current Price

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Build Breakdown



For the price the corsair carbide series case is definitely worth the asking price. Not only is the design nice, but you are also getting a lot of space and most other comparable cases are going to cost you almost double what this costs. One the main reasons I picked this case was due to the design elements. For me, a good looking PC really is important especially if you are already shelling out a good deal of money for it. The front of the case looks like a furnace and that was a really appealing design choice.

This case also has enough space for any upgrades you want to have in the future making it perfect for upgrading. You also have to add to the fact that this is also not too bulky and you have an all-around awesome case.

I know that this case might not be for everyone and in response to that I’ve chosen to include a link below that has similar cases that you can pick from and use in this build.

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Power Supply


I chose the corsair 550 watts power supply because of it being made by the same developer of the case above, The dimensions will be better due to it being made specifically for this case. Other than that this shares no major differences from the Evga 550 watts power supply except for it being a bronze power supply.

Basically, all a bronze power supply does differently than a regular one is it’s more efficient and uses less voltage over time. I chose this due to this PC using more power and this would especially be useful if you are gaming long hours daily and it will save you money in the long run.

Video Card


We are finally to the MVP of the build the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 mini 6GB. First off unlike the other video cards in my cheaper gaming PC builds this thing is a legit beast. This card is small, but that doesn’t mean that you should discount it. This card was only just recently released and features Nvidia’s pascal archetype.

There’s also very low noise level so if you’re a fan of silent gaming rigs this is definitely a plus, but what really sets this card apart is the amazing value for the performance. You are getting an awesome card that will easily last you for years before you even have to think about upgrading.

I really have nothing, but praise for this graphics card, so I’m just going to move on.

TLDR: This card is awesome and worth every penny, get it.


The i3-7100 has been featured in many of my builds and is a great CPU when you are on a budget. This thing will easily last you for a few years of intense gaming.

One hot topic is that processors need more cores to keep up with the processing demands of modern gaming and the i3-7100 only has two, but Intel’s hyperthreading makes this dual core processor a much more viable option. The i3-7100 is also very good at running multiple applications at once due its hyperthreading making it ideal for people who love multi-tasking

This processor also comes with a fan and heatsink which will save you more money in the long run.



Gigabyte b250M MotherboardThis is another amazing micro-ATX motherboard by the company, Gigabyte. I’ve been using their motherboards a lot due to them making high-quality motherboards and drivers for a great price.

The Gigabyte B250M-DS3H does everything you need it to and still is affordable and because of that, there isn’t much to say other than that it is a good motherboard that should house the CPU and the video card without any issues.

Where this motherboard really shines is with the BIOS. Gigabyte is a company that focuses on gamers and with that being said, their BIOS totally reflects. It allows you to easily modify your gaming experience.


For RAM, I picked the Kingston Hyper X fury 8gb pack. Unlike my 400 dollar PC build, At this price range 8gbs of ram is vital or you will not be able to draw out the power of the rest of the components of this build. I might even recommend getting 16 GB’s of ram in the future (there’s no real need for this at the moment).

I chose one 1 X 8GB of ram instead of just getting two 4GB sticks  due to the build more upgradable in the future. While 8GB’s is more than enough right now, you never know about the future. The memory allocation advantage that two 4GB sticks offer is nice, it won’t really make or break a build.

Hard Drive


The hard drive I chose was western digitals 1tb hard drive. With this, you will have more than enough space to store many different games on your PC and still have space left over to do other things.

Western digital is a respected hard drive maker that makes quality products, which is the reason I chose to use their hard drive in this build.

I would actually recommend getting another hard drive or SSD in the future, but at the moment, this will do.

(Optional) Optical Drive


The reason I did not include any optical drive is because I don’t think they are necessarily important for any modern PC build. I’m not saying that they can’t prove useful in certain situations, such as installing an OS or a drive, to which you can also install via any USB. Other than that was real use do these have?  I can’t remember the last time I’ve used a disc drive and I’m pretty most of you can’t either.

I’m including one below that is still very cheap so if you don’t feel comfortable installing the OS with a USB or are really going you can pick this optical drive up.

Recommended Peripherals

Recommended Monitor: Acer R240HY 23.8 Inch 1080p Monitor

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If you are looking for a 1080p monitor on a budget, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Acer 21.5 inch monitor. Yes, there are better monitors out there, but for the price, this is an amazing monitor that has a lot of customizable features and also deep color contrasts.

One other thing that I really like about this monitor is the brightness. This monitor is very vibrant and sharp compared to other monitors and, This is also a good option if you are looking to have a multiple 1080 monitor set up.

Recommended Keyboard and Mouse Combo: Cooler Master Devastator II Combo

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One thing every gamer needs is a keyboard and mouse that gives them a competitive edge in gaming, but one major issue most run into is companies charge a great deal for these items. I’ve found a very good keyboard and mouse combo gaming set for a very affordable price.

You are also getting a very stylish set with LED lights and a pretty memorable design, if that doesn’t make you excited as a gamer, then I don’t know what will.

Recommended Headset: XIBERIA Gaming Headset

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If there’s anything that I would recommend 100 times over, it would have to be these headphones. Not only do they visually impress anyone who looks at them, but the sound quality is downright amazing.

With noise cancellation features that completely cuts off the world around you and then on top of that deep bass, these headphones really help immerse you in the game you are playing in. I’ve always thought that sound was important, especially when playing RPG’s such as Dragon Age Inquisition. So if you care about sound quality and are on a budget this is a must buy

Recommended Wifi: EDUP AC600 Wifi Adapter

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For those of you who aren’t going to be going the ethernet cable route, I’d recommended the EDUP AC600. Not only is it affordable(under $20), but the setup is very quick and easy. The connection hardly ever fails which is a must for any online game.

Operating System Options

After building your gaming PC and getting all your peripherals in order there is still one thing that needs to be done and that is installing your operating system. What I mean by an operating system is a program that basically manages all your computers specs and other applications you install onto your computer. There are many operating systems, but the one’s that are the most popular are Linux (Ubuntu) and Windows. These operating systems both have their pros and cons and below I will Talk about why you should or shouldn’t get one or the other.

Linux (Ubuntu)


Despite being popular among the tech savvy crowd Linux is still relatively unheard of. Linux does have it’s pros however and to discount it without giving it a fair shot would be a shame.

Some good thing about Linux is how customizable it is as an operating system. Linux was made more as a community project instead of something to sell. It was basically made by developers for developers and other like-minded individuals. So if you like getting down to the nitty-gritty aspects of computers then you will love Linux. Another thing that Linux has it is a free OS. Many people might no know that Windows costs money, but it does so having the option to use Linux until for free is awesome.

Sadly, Not everything is looking up for Linux. Linux also has major issues in that there’s since its more of a community project than an organization, there are many bugs that have yet to be fixed and take a great deal of time to get corrected due it not being run like a business. The biggest reason why Linux is still a little unappealing is that many game’s don’t even support Linux. While this is slowly changing due to Steam actually making their own Linux-based OS called SteamOS there are still major compatibility issues.


Windows 10

Windows is probably something that everyone reading this is familiar with and that’s no surprise considering they have complete and utter dominance over the marketplace when it comes to PC’s. Most of you are going to go with windows without a doubt and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ll still tell you some pros and cons of Windows.

The biggest pro’s of Windows is that almost every PC developer makes their games specifically for Windows which means you don’t have to worry about your OS not being supported. Another one is that since Windows is a major company, updates are quick and snappy compared to Linux.

The only real disadvantage of Windows is the price tag. Many people are simply not going to want to pay it and yes there are ways that allow you to get it for free. I’m neither for nor against it, but I won’t tell you how to do it on this post nor on my website.

What Version Of Windows Should I Get?

Windows 10 is my top recommendation as of now. Not only has Microsoft worked out all the major bugs with the OS, but games are actually starting to perform better with this OS making this the choice for gamers looking to max out their PC’s performance. Windows 7 and 8 are still ok, but I’d recommend switching over to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

Below, I’ve included both a USB version of Windows and also a disc version of Windows 10 depending on whether or not you have an optical drive.

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    Windows 10 USB Version

    If you’re following my advice and not getting an optical drive, then get this USB version of Windows 10. Check The Current Price

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    Windows 10 Disc Version

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PC gaming is evolving at an astonishing rate and having a Build that can handle these awesome games is a must for any serious gamer. This 700 dollar gaming PC build is easily comparable to a pre-built computer in the thousands and I know anyone who makes this will be in for an awesome adventure. If you are ready to enter the big leagues then this is the build that will do it.

If you have any questions about anything in this post please feel free to leave a comment below and I will help respond as I see the comment. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.

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  1. Hello, will running the Intel Core i5 4460 with the rest of this setup be fine? And also the GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P (REV. 2.0)?
    Thank you

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      Hey Ahmed,

      You’re either going to have to switch the Motherboard or the Processor out as they aren’t compatible. I’d recommend the AMD FX-6300, as it’s cheaper and also overclockable.

      1. Thank you for replying Frank,
        What if I wanted to keep the i5 4460, for my own reasons, which motherboard would you recommend? Also, would you mind if I posted my specs so that you could quickly tell me if it is good or not?

        Sorry for the hassle, it’s my first time building a PC and I wanted some professional advice XD.

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  2. Hey so I’ve been told to wait for the gtx 1060 to come out instead of buying the gtx 960, apparently it will sell at the same price: $250.So should I get the 1060 instead?

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      Hey Anonymouse,

      You could wait for the GTX 1060, but that’s going to be a while. This is because Nvidia likes to make their cards really scarce at launch to drive up demand and this encourages scalpers to hike the prices. The GTX 960 is still a great buy, that will easily last you for years and the price is dropping making it even better. If you need something now get this build, but if you don’t mind waiting a few months the 1060 will be a better buy.

  3. Hello,

    I have been getting really interested in building a PC and somewhere in the $700-800 range would be my initial budget as I could reasonably afford to do it. At any rate would you suggest buying everything new or buying used where you can? Obviously there are risks involved with buying used but it comes with saving money.

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      Hey Charles,

      Personally, I would never buy my gaming PCcomponents used. This is because there’re just so many things that can go wrong with tech. This along with the shortened life expectancy of used components and no warranty, makes it better just buying new in the long run.

  4. Hi,
    i love this build and would really like to build it, but i live in Europe and the ga-970a-d3p motherboard isn’t available here yet. Can you suggest some good alternatives at the same price range, with overclocking features if possible?

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  5. Frank,

    I hear that peak speed matters more than multi core for games like Diablo 3 that have tons of effects and things on the screen at once. Would this processor still be the best option if I play lots of games like Diablo 3?

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      Hey Jake,

      the i3-6100 is a fantastic CPU for the price and can run games like Diablo pretty well due to its hyperthreading technology. You shouldn’t have any problems.

  6. Cool build I think I will try this one for my first ever build. I wanted to point out though that when I click the link for the power supply it takes me to the 500 watt instead of the 550. If I click the full price of build link it brings up the right one though. Thanks for the build ideas! Great website

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      Hey John,

      Fixed the link issue, Thanks for catching that! That’s what communities is for. If you have any questions about building your gaming PC, feel free to ask me!

  7. Just pulled the trigger on this build. Thanks for compiling all this info. It’s going to be my first ever PC build, I’m sure I’ll have questions in a few days once the parts arrive.

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      Hey Pat,

      Super excited for you! I know it might be a little nerve wracking building your first PC, but It’s also going to a really cool experience. I can’t tell you how nice it feels to play on a PC that you put together yourself.

  8. Hey, great guide you have here. I have a basic list based on this build, and I did a little bit of tweaking on the parts. So far it’s like this:

    Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 OC Edition 6GB GDDR5X [$239.99, already bought]
    Motherboard: MSI Intel Skylake B150 LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (B150 PC Mate) [$79.50]
    RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit [$41.99]
    Processor: Intel Core i5 6500 3.20 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor [$199.99]
    PSU: EVGA 600 B1, 80+ BRONZE 600W [$49.99]
    Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive [$49.99]
    Case: VIVO Micro-ATX “SMART” Mid Tower Computer Gaming PC Case [$35.99]

    Does this look OK? Do you have any suggestions on a cheaper CPU, but has around the same capabilities as the one above?

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      1. Hey Frank, I’m looking into this build as my first serious gaming rig, but I also plan to use it for serious AutoCAD/CAM design. From what I understand, this kind of software heavily relies on the CPU. I’ve never built a computer before and I was wondering if the edited build above by Beck had the CPU power, or if I should exchange some more parts.

        In addition, I wanted to make sure that this build is both current and future-proof, as I don’t intend to by another computer for at least the next 4-5 years.

        Thank you for the help, I am quite new to building computers and choosing the best possible vomponents, so I really appreciate the help.

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          Hey QuickSilver,

          I know that this is a pretty awesome gaming Rig, but I checked out AutoCAD and CAM software’s and found out that they’re single threaded applications! This make’s an i3-6100 a very viable CPU for these programs. The CPU would easily last you a good 3+ years. If you want a little more power however I’d spend a little more for an i5-6500.

          1. Thank you so much for the help 🙂 Is there anything else I would need (excluding KB/M and a moniter) that isn’t listed by Beck?

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  9. Hey! I’m going to build this as my first desktop build, should I keep the i3 or change to a i5 6500. Some friends told me it might be better. Thanks!

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      Hey Enzo, If you have the budget for an i5-6500, by all means get it as it is a step up for the i3-6100. The i3-6100 can definitely handle a GTX 1060 though, so you would be fine with this build as it is.

  10. Would it in best interest to upgrade the i3 since I’ll mainly be playing rust? Rust seems to like a lot of ram usage as on my laptop it uses a lot of processing power.

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      Hey Clark,

      Rust is single threaded which basically that an i3-6100 is more than enough for rust. Dropping more for a better CPU won’t really boost by that much.

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      Hey Farmer,

      this motherboard doesn’t support Sli, so you’d have to change that out with something like a Z170. Also if you’re looking for 16GB’s of RAM, I’d just get two 8GB sticks.

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  11. Can this run games like fallout 4 and gta V on highest graphics and 60fps I’m new to pc gaming/building , on steam it says
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent and I have no idea if the I-3 is strong enough?

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      Hey Raiden Shapiro,

      This build will run Fallout 4 on ultra settings at 60 FPS as long as you’re at 1080p. The i3-6100 is way better than the I5-2300 and is more than enough for any game at the moment so don’t even worry about that.

  12. New to pc building and probably going to make this my first build. Is it worth it to get an i7 6700 over the i5 6500? Want to make it pretty future proof but not sure if price is worth it. Plus pcpartpicker said I’d need a cooler if I got the i7 6700.

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      Hey Hogarth,

      I’d only get the i7-6700 if you’re going to be doing some very demanding processing work outside of gaming. Otherwise, the i5-6500 is more than futureproof enough. If you do want something a little better, I’d get the i5-6600k,

  13. Hello, thank you!, after reading this article a finally decided to build my own PC.
    I was just wondering if you know about any good and cheap monitor that can run with 144hz?

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      1. Thank you so much for your answer!
        I just have two last questions that would help me alot.
        This build can really use the 144hz or is better to save my money?
        Also, im thinking of buying the video card that you have in your 1000 usd build (Gigabyte GTX 1070) and using it in this build to improve the performance, but since im not an expert i dont know if is compatible, if is worth it and if this build can really use the potential of that video card?

        1. No worries Kevin. Between getting a 144z monitor and saving money all depends on you and your preference, but take my word that gaming on a 144z monitor will change the way you look at usual monitors 60z and gaming.

          Gigabyte GTX 1070 is compatible with this build but might bottleneck the system a little depending on the game and setting you are using, if you really like to upgrade to GTX1070 might as well get an i5 6400.

  14. I am looking to put together a new PC (my current one is from 2009) and was looking at this one. I typically only play sims, strategies, and games of that sort (i.e., no MMO’s, no FPS’s, etc.), so I am curious if this system would work well for me. I feel like storage is always a bigger issue for me than graphics, so I’m also curious if there is a recommendation for a bigger hard drive that would work in a machine like this. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  15. I’ve noticed that you did not include a cpu cooler in your build. For better stability in gaming would it be better to replace the stock cooler with something like a cooler master hyper 212 evo?

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      Hey Lee,

      If you want better cooling you can go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, but the 7100 doesn’t overclock, so there’s no need for anything other than the stock cooler.

  16. I’m thinking about changing out some parts let me know what you think… i would be changing to the intel i5-7500, two stick 16gb ram, corsair 600 watt power supply and then i thinking about changing to the Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition Translucent Panel ATX Mid Tower Window Gaming Computer Case… Would this work?

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