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March 24, 2011 1:36:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: over the next 30 days

Budget Range: $700.00-$900 preferred, can go up to $1,000 if can get better performance

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Will be used primarily for gaming (shogun 2, crysis 2) and then office work here and there, web surfing. Want to be able to have the games on high to highest settings.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (have 1680x1050)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, open to suggestions

Parts Preferences: I was thinking of utilizing the i5-2400 or 2500 CPU but am open to suggestions to achieve quality results. Based on some research I got the impression an Nvidia GPU would be best in this scenario as it is more compatible with Intel products. Was looking at the GTX 460.

Overclocking: No – I think overclocking might be getting beyond my novice level, although perhaps I should learn how to do it.

SLI or Crossfire: ? I think neither as I don’t anticipate utilizing dual GPUs

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I need to do more homework on mobo’s so any advice on what to look for there is appreciated. I have been looking into products that would also assist in future proofing the system as well so that when upgrades do need to be made later down the road I can easily do that. As I have discovered with my current preconfigured Dell, which is ancient in Dell years (4), I have learned that all major components will need to upgraded anyway.

If anyone has suggestions on the top brands for each of the components that would be appreciated as well as I am not familiar with which brands are the best.

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March 24, 2011 2:08:56 PM

Well, I will post my build and you can adjust as needed:


Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3
Processor: Intel i5 2500k
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
Disk drive: ASUS Black 24X SATA DVD burner
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770

Total price: $830

Price after rebates: $795

I got a few extra deals on mine though so mine was more like $700 after rebates.
March 24, 2011 3:07:20 PM

if you ever upgrade your monitor, you're going to want a beefier GPU than the 5770. from chmcke01's build, i'd drop down to 4GB of RAM (you can always expand to 8GB on the cheap if you find you need more) and get at least a 6850, or a 6950 if you can squeeze it (and a 750w PSU) into your budget.
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March 24, 2011 3:20:27 PM

ultimabeam said:
if you ever upgrade your monitor, you're going to want a beefier GPU than the 5770. from chmcke01's build, i'd drop down to 4GB of RAM (you can always expand to 8GB on the cheap if you find you need more) and get at least a 6850, or a 6950 if you can squeeze it (and a 750w PSU) into your budget.


Yeah, I almost got just 4 GB of RAM, then Newegg had G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) 1600 on sale for $75. It was too good to pass up!
March 24, 2011 3:47:27 PM

•LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
•Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
•Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
•EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
•CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
•Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
•MSI H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
•Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
TOTAL: $781.21

This is what i purchased, so far it plays game on high to ultra settings. Haven't tried it on Crysis yet, you could get a different case, better Mobo, add ram even up the PSU if you prefer. (Price is what i got about a week ago, so it will be different)
March 24, 2011 4:18:41 PM

Subidoo said:
•LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
•Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
•Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
•EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
•CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
•Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
•MSI H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
•Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
TOTAL: $781.21

This is what i purchased, so far it plays game on high to ultra settings. Haven't tried it on Crysis yet, you could get a different case, better Mobo, add ram even up the PSU if you prefer. (Price is what i got about a week ago, so it will be different)



What might you recommend as a better mobo, or what would define a certain mobo as being better? I was looking at a potential 750W PSU just to be safe
March 24, 2011 4:23:36 PM

ultimabeam said:
if you ever upgrade your monitor, you're going to want a beefier GPU than the 5770. from chmcke01's build, i'd drop down to 4GB of RAM (you can always expand to 8GB on the cheap if you find you need more) and get at least a 6850, or a 6950 if you can squeeze it (and a 750w PSU) into your budget.



What specs should I be focusing on specifically when defining beefier?
March 24, 2011 4:24:24 PM

If you already have Windows, then just subtract it from this build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.95 FREE SHIPPING
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$14.99 Combo Price: $294.99
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $314.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$5.00 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... $18.99
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

Total: $913.88
March 24, 2011 4:25:43 PM

chmcke01 said:
Well, I will post my build and you can adjust as needed:


Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 B3
Processor: Intel i5 2500k
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
Disk drive: ASUS Black 24X SATA DVD burner
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770

Total price: $830

Price after rebates: $795

I got a few extra deals on mine though so mine was more like $700 after rebates.



I see you combined the Intel CPU with ATI GPU. Is there any truth to the information I found saying Nvidia GPUs are better suited for Intel CPUs and then ATI GPUs being better for AMD CPUs?
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