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$850 Gaming PC

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March 29, 2011 6:55:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next month
Budget Range: $850-870
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, headphones, OS, dvd writer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: intel cpu and nvidia gpu
Overclocking: yes
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: now 1280x1024 (maybe 1680x1050 later)


Current Build:

MOBO: ASUS P8P67-M REV 3.0 LGA 1155 Intel P67 $129.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $224.99
HFS: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $34.99
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 C9 $49.99
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB $209.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $39.99
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower $59.99
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 $79.99

TOTAL: $830


Is this rig ok or can I improve something?
With a 19" monitor is there a large difference between gtx 460 and 560 ti?

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March 29, 2011 9:56:43 PM

I like nvidia too (well I liked ati until my 1900xtx went rogue) but keep in mind that you can buy a 6870/5870 for the same price and get about +20-25% fps. If you run 1280x1024, 460 and 560 are overkill but when you step up to a 1680x1050 the 560 will give you about +30-35% fps increase over the 460. Both the 460 and 560 are very good cards and can play almost any game at max settings, get the 560 if you play every latest FPS game and must have max settings, otherwise 460 will be fine.

I think I'm going to go on a crusade to tell people to upgrade their monitors. I used to have a 19" CRT and when I upgraded my system and got a 22" 1680x1050 it was the greatest upgrade I did.

Your system is vast overkill for 1280x1024 and I highly suggest you watch prices for a good 21.5" or 22" LCD, and if you can find a 1920x1080 you can even watch movies in full hd!
March 30, 2011 11:41:30 AM

Dyers Eve said:
I like nvidia too (well I liked ati until my 1900xtx went rogue) but keep in mind that you can buy a 6870/5870 for the same price and get about +20-25% fps. If you run 1280x1024, 460 and 560 are overkill but when you step up to a 1680x1050 the 560 will give you about +30-35% fps increase over the 460. Both the 460 and 560 are very good cards and can play almost any game at max settings, get the 560 if you play every latest FPS game and must have max settings, otherwise 460 will be fine.

I think I'm going to go on a crusade to tell people to upgrade their monitors. I used to have a 19" CRT and when I upgraded my system and got a 22" 1680x1050 it was the greatest upgrade I did.

Your system is vast overkill for 1280x1024 and I highly suggest you watch prices for a good 21.5" or 22" LCD, and if you can find a 1920x1080 you can even watch movies in full hd!


ok thanks for the advice :D 
March 30, 2011 12:43:34 PM

imho, forget the OC, downgrade to an i5-2400 and an asrock h67, upgrade to a 6950 1gb (220 w/promo code on newegg), buy an acer 23" monitor, and experience blistering performance in full HD.
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