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Sandy Bridge USD800-1000 build (one week window to buy)

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January 23, 2011 7:54:32 AM

Hi,

This is my first time posting here, hope you guys can help me. I'm from Brazil, I'll be spending this week in Vegas and I was hoping to buy a new PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: Jan 24 - Jan 26

Budget Range: USD800-1000 (I don't get rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BFBC2, CoD: Black Ops, hopefully Crysis 2), programming.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, case, mouse, keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Bestbuy, any other that accepts internation cards (unfortunately newegg doesn't).

I did all my wishlist on Amazon, but I'm open to suggestions.

Country of Origin: Brazil (buying in Vegas though)

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2500k, NVIDIA graphics card (CUDA programming).

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but I would prefer to go for a better single card configuration so I can upgrade later to a dual.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Since I'm getting back to Brazil with the components I would favor buying parts from reliable brands and reliable sites because it will be a pain to activate warranty or support from abroad.

What I had in mind was something like this:

Processor: Intel i5-2500k $224
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500K-Processor-Socket-L...

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 $159
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8P67-1155-3-0-Supported-Mot...

Graphic Card: EVGA GeForce GTX470 $255
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics...

I was in doubt if I should get 2 GTX460 on SLI, but I thought that scaling them to a better configuration would cost a lot more than buying another GTX470 later on.

Memory: Corsair 4GB PC3-12800 1600MHz $50
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Channel-Memory-Processors...

other option (don't know if it's that much better): G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB 1333 MHz / PC3-10666 $63
http://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-Ripjaws-240-pin-PC3-10666...

Power Supply: Corsair 650-Watt TX Series 80 $90
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-650TX-650-Watt-Cert...

HD: Don't know... I don't need any more than 500GB so I was hoping to save something here...

DVD-reader/burner: Not essential, since I download most my games from steam and I have an external reader/burner for emergencies.

Total: $840

Thanks a lot guys.

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January 23, 2011 9:09:23 AM
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Not a bad build. The two flaws I can see is the mobo..if your going to run SLI that is. One of it's PCI-E lanes is 16x, but the other one is only 4x. You want a board that runs two cards @ 8x & 8x when running dual cards.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-1155-Intel-Motherboard-P67A-G... <--- this is one example. I just take the boards I see on Amazon, and go to newegg and read the specs on them.

OK..the other obvious one is the gtx 470. It's a dog for what it cost. Look to the gtx 460 for a better bargain.

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Overclocked-PCI-Express-Graph... <--- good deal on one of those gtx 260's.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ... <--- worth checking out... h/s
January 23, 2011 9:22:18 AM

Wow - never realized what a pain it is to shop for computer parts on Amazon...

CPU's good.

If you want to do SLI/Crossfire at some point you'll need a different motherboard. This one is good http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Supported-ATX-Motherboard-P8.... I'd recommend the Asrock Extreme4 for cheaper, but it's not listed on Amazon or Bestbuy. If no SLI, the vanilla P8P67 is fine.

RAM - The G.Skill RAM isn't better. It's slower and more expensive. That's a great deal for the Corsair. If the sale ends before you can get it though, just go for whatever's the cheapest DDR3 1333 or faster you can find at 1.5V.

PSU - That one's fine if you're not going to SLI. If you want to be able to SLI, I'd suggest bumping up to the 750TX or equivalent.

HD - I like the Spinpoint F3. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA-Hard-Drive-HD502HJ/d...

The 1TB is on sale for the same price though, so might as well get it - http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

If it's in your budget, the Radeon HD 6950 would be a nice step up from the GTX 470: http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Eyefinity-Mini-DisplayPort-Ex.... If you want, you can even flash it to a 6970.
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January 23, 2011 11:53:36 AM

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Wow - never realized what a pain it is to shop for computer parts on Amazon...


That's why you shop your parts on Newegg, THEN you check prices on other sites by searching the model number.

I find that Amazon beats out Newegg on prices quite a lot lately. The free shipping does it for me. Newegg has started charging like $7.50 to ship a mobo.
January 23, 2011 12:10:01 PM

I'd try hard to get at least a GTX570 initially.....;GTX580's are indeed not cheap, but, they are the top dog once you get in the door.
January 23, 2011 11:38:43 PM

geekapproved said:
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Wow - never realized what a pain it is to shop for computer parts on Amazon...


That's why you shop your parts on Newegg, THEN you check prices on other sites by searching the model number.

I find that Amazon beats out Newegg on prices quite a lot lately. The free shipping does it for me. Newegg has started charging like $7.50 to ship a mobo.


:)  I'm from Canada, so I generally shop for parts on ncix.com then check the model numbers on newegg.ca. This is the first time I've ever checked Amazon for parts since they don't ship them here.
January 26, 2011 11:57:20 PM

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