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March 11, 2011 12:18:41 AM

So I was planning on getting a build earlier but decided to wait for the P67 mobos to reappear. Now that their showing up I made a hypothetical build to see how cheap can I get a decent rig with a i5-2500k and a HD 6870, here's what I got;

Mobo:
asrock p67 extreme 4 ($150) - when available

CPU:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($180)

Graphics:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($230 w/ tax and shipping)

Case:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($50)

PSU:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($90)

RAM:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($50)

HDD:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($60)

Optical drive:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($22)

TOTAL: Approximately $850

Any suggestions on this build? I plan to buy this on early April, I know that the card is overkill with my monitor (1440x900) but I want something future proof and can probably get a 1680x1050 from a friend. Also this is my first build.

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March 11, 2011 1:23:42 AM

vhunter said:
So I was planning on getting a build earlier but decided to wait for the P67 mobos to reappear. Now that their showing up I made a hypothetical build to see how cheap can I get a decent rig with a i5-2500k and a HD 6870, here's what I got;

Mobo:
asrock p67 extreme 4 ($150) - when available

CPU:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($180)

Graphics:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($230 w/ tax and shipping)

Case:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($50)

PSU:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($90)

RAM:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($50)

HDD:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($60)

Optical drive:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($22)

TOTAL: Approximately $850

Any suggestions on this build? I plan to buy this on early April, I know that the card is overkill with my monitor (1440x900) but I want something future proof and can probably get a 1680x1050 from a friend. Also this is my first build.



Is there anyway you would be willing to stretch your budget and pick up the 2gb version? You could flash to the 6970.
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March 11, 2011 1:27:57 AM

6950 2gb i mean
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March 11, 2011 1:48:43 AM

@roasty: Seems like a good deal for only $60 more, Ill have to see what I can do

@CopaMundial: Much appreciated, also thanks for that reminder. I'm most likely going to forget after I get the pc though.
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March 11, 2011 1:56:16 AM

Did you need operating system too?
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March 11, 2011 2:29:21 AM

First off, you need a heat sink to overclock that bad boy CPU. MicroCenter has the Cooler Master hyper 212 plus on sale for $28.

Next, on your video card, Tom's Hardware recommends the 6950 over the 6870. Check out this comparison to the 6870. I agree with roasty that the 6950 is well worth the $37 extra.

Here is the least expensive 2GB model: MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB for $235 after promo code.

Here is the link to unlock it.

The 6950 is 11 inches long, however, which makes it a monster card. Can't tell if it will fit into the case you have selected. Would recommend changing the case. For $10 more, you can get this Cooler Master Gladiator 600 ATX. In addition to ample space inside, it has an extra fan and better cable managment.

Don't forget the OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for $100

Hope these upgrades do not put you too far over budget, because this is a very nice configuration: The rest of your components all look good.

Finally, here are two references when you get ready to assemble everything:

1) Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

2) PERFORM THESE STEPS before posting about boot/no video problems







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March 11, 2011 3:59:30 AM

Thanks for all the help eloric, but that case is sold out in my area, I already have an os (university discount). Also Im not sure how to get this promo code?
Thanks again for all these helpful links.
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March 11, 2011 5:35:03 PM

Crap about the case - apparently a bunch of other peopel agree with me that it is a good case. You could ask the people at Micro Center if you cna fit an 11 inch card into your original case. Ask them also the difference between the V4 model and the V3 model, which is on sale for $20 cheaper.

The $10 discount card is emailed to you 4 days after invoice, according to the shopping cart at check out.

Let us know if you need another case. I will be on again tomorrow morning.
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March 13, 2011 6:42:38 AM

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