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Want to build a PC with Max resolution of 1680x1050,suggestions?

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April 7, 2011 5:55:38 PM

I have a 22" monitor and would like to build a replacement PC for the one I have now with better performance,probably an i5,3.3 Ghz for simming and photography. I mainly run iRacing and a few other flying sims. Also use it for Photoshop as well.Would like to run Win 7, maybe 64Bit. I saw this outfit for $1000 here at Toms hardware:
MotherBoard- Asus P8P67, AsRock P67 Extreme 4 $152

Processor- Intel Core i5-2500K $220
3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache

CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30

Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit $55

Graphics- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 $275

Hard Drive- Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB $65
1 TB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s

Optical- Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD Burner $20

Case- Antec Three Hundred Illusion $65

Power- Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified $90
Would like to save a few bucks If I could, maybe on the graphics card since I don't need a lot of resolution, I also wanted to transfer some items from my old PC, which is a dual core 2.8Ghz with a 8800GT card, but I'm not sure what the best method would be, especially If I go to a 64 bit rig from my older 32. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
April 8, 2011 12:58:44 AM

The video card may be overkill, but without a list of present and future games it's certainly a safe choice.

Given what I know of what you are doing, I might go a slightly different route:

Let's start with the e-blast promo. You need to subscribe to use these codes:

http://www.newegg.com/emailpromo/?cm_sp=ShoppingGuide12...

G.skill Sniper 8GB memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then moving along....

CM Storm Scout (Promo code!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic S12II 520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is all you need for power.

CPU, cooler, HDD, and optical as you have them.

Probably a 6870 for the GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What did you mean by transferring items from the old PC? Files?
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April 8, 2011 1:37:14 AM

That is a descent build if your looking to spend in the $1k range. If you want to save a couple bucks you could downgrade the video card, but there are a few alternatives and you might save a few bucks in other places that may pay off more.

How much are you willing to cannibalize of your old system? You could at most save you the cost of a HDD, DVD drive and Case, but unless you can find free shipping the Case costs as much to ship as it does to purchase. All in all you can save $100 - $150 (+Shipping) by using all the useable parts from your old computer. If you think you can sell it for more then that, then I would defiantly go that route, and use the $ towards the purchase of your new system.

Either way I would purchase the Asus P8P67, 8GB of Memory, i7-2500K, additional cooler, and either power supply (seasonic supplies corsair with their power supplies so both of them are great) You would be looking at around $600 for these parts. Add in your video card of choice, anything over $150 from the Nvidia 5xx or ati 6xxx series and you would be fine for the resolutions you stated.

If you wanted to get more performance from your system you could purchase a small SSD for OS and boot. I would recommend the C300 64GB, then use your old drive for data storage. While this won't give you more FPS, it will make your computer smoother to use.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good luck and good gaming!


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April 11, 2011 12:09:54 PM

Well that Asrock Extreme board seems to be almost nonexistant, sold out and disappeared !I like the idea of the SSD but for now think I'll go with a regular drive.
How about the Asrock P67 PRO3 instead? I like Antec Cases too any suggestions. Only reason is I find there very quiet.Also that cooler for the CPU, any that aren't so gigantic?
Also how about the 460 video card instead of a 560?

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
April 12, 2011 5:10:05 AM

The Pro 3 is not a bad board if you need to cut costs down. GTX 460 (1Gb version) will probably be OK as long as none of your games are too demanding.

You can get smaller CPU coolers but they won't work as well. You will find CM cases are just as quiet as Antec. The deal is gone on the CM case anyway so just get the Antec Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
April 12, 2011 5:15:54 AM

Siggy! 600$ build would fit the usage perfectly. Though the ECS board has been sold out lately as well as most good/budget boards for 1155.
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April 12, 2011 7:43:20 PM

I agree with Proximon, the Antec Illusion is a great case for the $, and supports up to 10.5" video cards. Also if you decide to go with a 460, make sure you get the 1GB model not the 768mb, and you better purchase it pretty quickly they are drying up fast. If you are unable to find one, the 6850 is priced similarly and performs similarly.

I wouldn't worry so much about the size of the CPU cooler, there aren't any smaller coolers that have better performance. If you intend to overclock you really want the largest cooler that will fit in your case.

The Asrock P67 PRO3 is a good board, but does not support SLI or crossfire. If your even thinking of doing this in the future its worth the extra $25 to go with the P8P67 instead.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
April 12, 2011 11:10:45 PM

^ How about not even going with the Pro3 at all. Asrock has the value @ 150$ w/ the Asrock Extreme4 P67. However @ the Pro3's price of 130$. You could easily get this MSI C43 and get an extra PCI Express 16x 2.0 slot and a bit more features.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I really don't suggest the 460's at all. The main reason is because of the 6790 and the 6850. The 6850 performs 5% better than the 460 1GB for the same price. The 6790 performs equally to the 460's in general for 150$ with quite a bit of OC room as well.

6850 vs 460 1GB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313
Pretty similar perf though.

6790 Review:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6790-review/20
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April 15, 2011 1:45:58 PM

I must say I have always liked the Nvidia cards the most. Now I see the Asrock Extreme4 is available again, so that looks like the best choice. The Radeon 3 part front ends have always struck me as complicated and overkill, but thats just me.
The Antec Illusion case looks great, but I could do wothout the top fan, as I use that space for my router.Would the plain jane Antec 300 case be similar? I still can't believe how big that 212 CPU cooler is!
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April 25, 2011 1:36:04 PM

Best answer selected by bsmooth.
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