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January 30, 2011 3:06:20 AM

I'm trying to make a new computer for myself. I want to overclock and it will mainly be used for gaming. I have a 1680x1050 monitor and I already have cd drive. Just wanna know if this will be fine. I'm trying to keep it close to $1300



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January 30, 2011 3:47:52 AM

Nice build. :)  I could see a few changes that wouldn't change the performance yet would cut the cost.

If this is a gaming rig and your not using a lot of apps that take advantage of hyper threading... 2500K seems like it would be the way to go. Combo Price: $394.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $39.99
Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

January 30, 2011 3:47:59 AM

MoBo / CPU combo is cool, but other choices could be better. Here ya get huge bump in case / PSU, an SSD, better GFX and a better CPU cooler. The H50 does very poorly compared to the better air coolers as you can see here, it loses by 5C to the Mega....and the Scythe matches or beats the Mega

For a GFX comparison, read this:

Add the stuff marked "Later" come XMas 2011 or 2012 to greatly extend the life of ya system.

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750
MoBo - $500 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $80 - 2 x (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $100 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB

at $1221, I'm under budget but you certainly don't need that kinda GFX card for 1680 x 1050 monitor.

Alternate No. 1 - Consider a 2500k which would shave $100 and getting a new monitor which would put ya at $1301

Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED

Alternate No. 2 - Consider dropping the SSD, keeping the 2600k and getting the new monitor for the same $1301

Alternate No. 3 - Add $100 to ya budget.

Alternate No. 1 looks like the way to go.....little performance difference w/ the 2500k
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January 30, 2011 7:13:34 AM

This is my no frills low $600ish just gaming no render/encode 1920 x 1080 gamer so for 1680 x 1050 i would advise a potential client against $1.3k unless needs outside games justify it hehe

Items off Egg $456

965BE + Biostar A780L3G $160

$600 in total w/o DVDRW
January 30, 2011 1:02:53 PM

Well I want this to last me a while. Like a couple years and I don't want to upgrade to a new monitor just yet. Then I also heard the nvidia gtx 500 series was loud and consumed a lot of power and ran hot.
January 30, 2011 1:08:29 PM

And you can unlock the bios of the 6950 to that of a 6970
January 30, 2011 1:20:04 PM

^I understand the desire to want your computer to last a while, unfortunatley the way technology progresses, it is hard for 2 year old top of the line hardware to keep up with modern low end hardware. I always suggest to go at a lower price point and then save some of the money to upgrade when it starts showing some of its age, so you can get a little more life of the core of the system. At 1680x1050 the 6950 is totally overkill. If you want a couple of years out of a gpu at that res, go for the 6850 =]
January 30, 2011 2:16:27 PM