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Got a budget of 2500$ Recommend me some good PC parts.

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February 24, 2011 5:56:44 PM

So i have a Budget of 2500$ and i wanna build a new PC since mine that i am using right now is already 5 years old :/ 

Anyway recommend me some of the best parts that i can get for that kind of money, it will be a gaming PC and a work PC. If you need anymore information just ask.
February 24, 2011 6:55:10 PM

Well, I'll just note you want to fill out our usual template, and I'll note that $2500 is going to be a strong, top-of-the-line enthusiast system.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

$2500 is very high end gaming systems and low-end workstations for 3D rendering and the like.

You might be able to get by with an $800-1000 system and save the rest for another computer or some other goodies.
February 24, 2011 7:11:45 PM

^ Agreed. Yeah fill out that advice.

The end user really only needs to spend about 1500$ or so dollars for a BEAST build. You could check out my siggy for those builds :D 
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February 24, 2011 7:44:19 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
Well, I'll just note you want to fill out our usual template, and I'll note that $2500 is going to be a strong, top-of-the-line enthusiast system.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

$2500 is very high end gaming systems and low-end workstations for 3D rendering and the like.

You might be able to get by with an $800-1000 system and save the rest for another computer or some other goodies.

Ok so i am really a noob in this i will do my best.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month


Budget Range: 2500-2700$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, working in editing movies and such, surfing the net. And that's about it i think.


Parts Not Required: Every thing i need has to be new, new monitor, new keyboard etc.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't care, anywhere.


Country of Origin: Iceland. (Will be ordering parts online so no matter.)


Parts Preferences: I don't know any of that stuff, you guys recommend me some good ones.


Overclocking: no idea what that is (Yeah i get it i am a total idiot in these things)


SLI or Crossfire: is that a good thing?


Monitor Resolution: The best and highest if possible?


Additional Comments: I am a total idiot when it comes to computer and i know that, so no need to be calling me an idiot.
February 24, 2011 9:00:23 PM

ok, here's what I suggest. Costs are US costs (mostly Newegg). Iceland may be a bit more expensive. Almost all of it will be the same, but I'll offer you two choices of CPU.


Mushkin Callisto 90 GB SSD: $180
Use this as a boot drive and for your favorite apps. Won't add FPS, but it'll speed up rendering jobs and large photoshop (SSD make very fast cache!) and load times.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive: $65
your main storage drive

LG DVD Burner: $17
Cheap reliable, free shipping

8 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM (2x4 GB sticks): $80
1333 is good enough. There is less need to fiddle with RAM in overclocking with unlocked multipliers

XFX 650W 80+ Bronze PSU: $89.99 ($69.99 after rebate)
You don't need more than 650W for what this build will use.

Antec 300 Illusion case: $70
Cases are subjective, but any case that looks good to you in the $40-90 range should be fine. You might have to buy extra fans.

Acer 23" 1920x1080 monitor: $150
A nice big screen, for not too much green.

Logitech Slim USB keyboard & Mouse: $22
a basic, yet reliable USB Keyboard and mouse

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

now comes the options:

Option 1: Intel/SLI build:

Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K : $225
AS Rock Extreme 4 mobo: $150
2x GTX 570 $670

Option 2: AMD
Zambezi Processor: $??? (Probly $200-250)
990 AM3+ Mobo: $?? (Probly $100-150)
2x HD 6950 2 GB $560

the Zambezi is not out yet, but will be out April 1.
February 24, 2011 9:44:15 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
ok, here's what I suggest. Costs are US costs (mostly Newegg). Iceland may be a bit more expensive. Almost all of it will be the same, but I'll offer you two choices of CPU.


Mushkin Callisto 90 GB SSD: $180
Use this as a boot drive and for your favorite apps. Won't add FPS, but it'll speed up rendering jobs and large photoshop (SSD make very fast cache!) and load times.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive: $65
your main storage drive

LG DVD Burner: $17
Cheap reliable, free shipping

8 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM (2x4 GB sticks): $80
1333 is good enough. There is less need to fiddle with RAM in overclocking with unlocked multipliers

XFX 650W 80+ Bronze PSU: $89.99 ($69.99 after rebate)
You don't need more than 650W for what this build will use.

Antec 300 Illusion case: $70
Cases are subjective, but any case that looks good to you in the $40-90 range should be fine. You might have to buy extra fans.

Acer 23" 1920x1080 monitor: $150
A nice big screen, for not too much green.

Logitech Slim USB keyboard & Mouse: $22
a basic, yet reliable USB Keyboard and mouse

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+

now comes the options:

Option 1: Intel/SLI build:

Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K : $225
AS Rock Extreme 4 mobo: $150
2x GTX 570 $670

Option 2: AMD
Zambezi Processor: $??? (Probly $200-250)
990 AM3+ Mobo: $?? (Probly $100-150)
2x HD 6950 2 GB $560

the Zambezi is not out yet, but will be out April 1.
Hey thanks man, and out of the 2 options you listed in the end, which one would you go for? if you were making this gaming PC?
February 24, 2011 9:46:56 PM

Buy this and your good to go :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate 10% off w/ promo code PSU11FEB, limited offer
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $152.99 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $349.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99 Free shipping w/ promo code EMCKHJC29, ends 2/23
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $53.99 FREE SHIPPING
Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.95 FREE SHIPPING $40 promotional gift card w/ purchase, ends 3/31
SENNHEISER PC161 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Headset

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $9.99
SYBA SD-CM-UAUD71 USB Sound Adapter

http://shop.benq.us/ProductDetail.aspx?id=56 $469.99 Free Ground Shipping Add Promo code "Thankyou11" for 10% off
BenQ LCD XL2410T BLACK 23.6W LED monitor 120HZ 3D 2ms D-sub + DVI + HDMI

Total: $2,429.79

http://www.benq.us/products/product_detail.cfm?product=... <---- more on that monitor

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/benq_xl2410t.htm <--- detailed and in depth review of that monitor

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still stomped the Asus and Gigabyte boards :) 
February 24, 2011 10:00:12 PM

I see people mentioning SSDs, but they keep bringing up small drives fro just the OS.

I say get 4 of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and combine it with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and have a system that boots Windows 7 in ten second and brings up any app in less than 2 seconds.

I have 2 of those drives on the Intel raid controller, and I get 450MB/s out of them. 64-bit Photoshop starts in literally 2 seconds. no exaggeration. They are darn fast.

as for the rest, meh, whatever you like. a raid of SSDs is just the most awesome thing to have in any system.
February 24, 2011 10:56:27 PM

to be honest, I can't tell you which I would choose between Sandy Bridge and Zambezi until I see some Zambezi reviews and benchmarks. The promise is 50% better performance than a 955 -- which is right around where a 2500 Sandy Bridge sits
February 24, 2011 10:59:05 PM

SCREWY POST LINK! I HAVEN'T SEEN THEM YET!
February 25, 2011 1:23:16 AM

Ohh, I just wanted to see the link
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