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December 19, 2010 12:43:36 AM

I am looking at building a computer for me and my children. Basic usage will be for homework and Starcraft II.
My budget is around $800 but I don't want to spend money on power or performance that I won't use.


Approximate Purchase Date: sometime in the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: around $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: starcraft II, offce/home work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, harddrive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com I have access to a Microcenter if they are cheaper (like the CPU)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: no preference.

Overclocking: Maybe (this is my first build and I would have fun trying but it is not a necessity)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

Here is what I was thinking. (I'm not sure if the i5 processor is overkill. And there are so many choices when it comes to MOBO or GPU that I don't really have an idea of how to choose.)

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $170

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $160

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $180

Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17


Total = $773 before rebates

Thanks for any help you can offer.
Andy

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December 19, 2010 7:58:17 AM

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I don't want to spend money on power or performance that I won't use.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: starcraft II, offce/home work


Am thinking your kids not gonna insist on AA/AF so SC2 ultra no AA is actually a tame beast (even less so at 1680 x 1050) and could be your project can be concluded @ a far lower price point ^^
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December 19, 2010 8:51:19 AM

go for the GTX 460 768MB version as its $120 after MIR and gives about 1-2 less FPS on benchmarks, and should give very very VERY high FPS on starcraft 2 anyways. That'll save you $30-50.

Secondly, either get a smaller or larger power supply - At the moment you are stuck with about 150-200W headroom but you can't get SLI 460's with a TX 650 as it dont have nuff PCIe connector pins. So basically you are overkilling by heck with the PSU for a single 460, but can't chuck in a 2nd 460..

For $85 after MIR you can get a better quality Antec Truepower, which has GTX 460 SLI capabilities (Only 2 460's though, but thast enough) and 750w of it.

Signature range ~ HX series > True power > TX series. But all are VERY reputable and VERY good. Its like different between 9/10 and 10/10. Anyways what im saying is that True power 650W > TX 650 W, and your getting another 100W AND better quality AND SLI support for 460's for $5 less, so definitely go for the TP 750.
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December 19, 2010 11:45:38 AM

Meanwhile if this is a one trick pony i.e 24/7 office/net use and a machine that can run SC2 fairly well and since u have Mircocenter access

Items off Egg $250AR (w/o hdd)


X4 640 + MSI 785GM-P45 $96
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

$346AR in total

This was my Egg + MC sub $400 SC2 + WOW + 24/7 rig if u have to know hehe
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December 19, 2010 5:48:18 PM

batuchka said:
Meanwhile if this is a one trick pony i.e 24/7 office/net use and a machine that can run SC2 fairly well and since u have Mircocenter access

X4 640 + MSI 785GM-P45 $96
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

$346AR in total

This was my Egg + MC sub $400 SC2 + WOW + 24/7 rig if u have to know hehe


batuchka,

it really is a one trick pony but I have bought my share of machines that are outdated before I got them home. Would upgrading the cpu/mobo
to the Phenom II X4 965 & MSI 785GT-E63 http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl... be OK? Seems that I would be adding about $50 to your quote.


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December 19, 2010 5:53:23 PM

That E-63 is actually an AM2+ with DDR2 RAM for DIMM slots
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