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$650 - i3-2100 6850 build, room for upgrade

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March 30, 2011 9:02:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: The end of this week

Budget Range: ~650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, folding

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: With future upgrades

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (8x 8x support for later upgrades)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900



So, here's the build I'm looking at right now, I'm going for a quiet system, with room to upgrade to a 2500K and crossfire 6850's.
Combo links/Total prices:

RAM and Mobo : $215

PSU and Case: $135

CPU: $125

GPU: $180

Total: $655


GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

I picked this one because I want good airflow, but also low noise, so i believe two fans can run at a slower RPM to achieve that. This is one of the variables I have, as there are a ton of 6850 models. If a single-fan one can run cool and quiet for less price, I'll go for that to save a few bucks.




Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

I was originally going to have a phenom 955 build, but the AM3 socket is going to be unsupported soon, and the i3 runs cooler, faster, and more efficiently. I'm going for the 2100 now, so I can upgrade to the 2500K later. I think this choice is pretty concrete right now.




Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

650w should be more than enough to support the 6850 and the i3, as well as the future 6850 in crossfire, and maybe even the i5, without or with overclocking. I don't know. If I could get a cheaper one that's still modular and in a combo with something, that'd be great.




LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I like this case for both the easy installation, and the noise. I don't want a case that's flashy and bright, just something that looks sleek without needing lights and flares. It comes in a combo with the PSU, so that should work fine.




MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I was going to go for the ASRock extreme4, but that was out of stock, and I found this with a $15 combo deal with the RAM I'm planning to buy, which justifies the higher cost. If someone can find a P67 Mobo that supports crossfire 8x 8x, and also costs about the same, I'll go for it.




G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

4gb of RAM, 50 bucks, in a combo with the motherboard, DDR3, what more can I ask for?


Suggestions welcome. my goal is to get good PC with future-upgrades available, and quiet/efficient operation.

Thanks!

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March 30, 2011 9:32:18 PM

Missing a HDD and OS but you can get a 500gb/1tb HDD for ~$50 if you don't already have one. And if you do have a HDD already you might want to consider a $120 60GB SSD as a future upgrade.

I really don't see the difference between these two boards

Nice build. 2x 6850 will be overkill for 1440x900 resolution I suggest you bump it up if you can or buy a 1920x1080 monitor as a future upgrade.
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March 30, 2011 9:42:24 PM

Dyers Eve said:
Missing a HDD and OS but you can get a 500gb/1tb HDD for ~$50 if you don't already have one. And if you do have a HDD already you might want to consider a $120 60GB SSD as a future upgrade.

I really don't see the difference between these two boards

Nice build. 2x 6850 will be overkill for 1440x900 resolution I suggest you bump it up if you can or buy a 1920x1080 monitor as a future upgrade.


Oh, I forgot to mention I already had an OS available, and I will be using a 1tb drive I've bought earlier. I'm probably going to get a larger montior in the future, so this should be able to play games at high settings at 1440x900 in the future aswell. Thanks for the heads up on the motherboards, I didn't even notice that one. The 16x 8x looks really good too.. I wonder what the difference between them is.. Very suspicious, considering the more expensive one has 8x 8x.. Maybe it's the advertising.

EDIT: I see the difference: there are 2 more 6gb/s SATA ports, and two eSATA ports.. Which I really don't need. That'll save me a pretty penny.
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March 30, 2011 9:57:13 PM

Nice choices, I'm going to be doing the very same thing this summer, getting an i3-2100 so I can upgrade to an i7-2600k in the future. Except I think I might go with a GTX 560, as well as a seasonic PSU. Hope your build goes smooth!
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March 30, 2011 10:06:24 PM

Do you have any idea the difference between this and this? Also, I can't seem to find a 'compare' button to see specs side by side..
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March 30, 2011 10:26:17 PM

Yeah, one of the cards has "OC" at the end meaning that the manufacturer overclocked the card for a little bit better performance. However you can overclock the non-OC card yourself and it is ridiculously easy to do. You can read reviews on newegg of people doing this already. The compare is located on the list view, there is a compare checkbox underneath every item and a compare button near the top. Good luck!
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March 30, 2011 10:27:22 PM

The cheaper on actually as a factory OC, so you should go with that one.
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March 30, 2011 10:35:52 PM

Best answer selected by SpringHalo.
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