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April 12, 2011 4:03:41 PM

Hello Tom's community,

I am looking to buy a new computer and I still have some questions about what components I should choose.

Approximate Purchase Date: Spring or Summer 2011
Budget Range: 700-900$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: MMORPG Gaming, RTS Gaming, some shooters... pew pew
Country of Origin: Canada
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,
Parts Preferences: I am looking for a middle range market computer. I dont want to buy the lastest components but I want something that will last for at least 2 years. It's my first build and I'll would like to have your opinion on my build and maybe suggest another one.
Here's what I found for now :

CPU : Intel Core i5 760 Processor - 2.8GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield

Video card : Radeon HD 6850 Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR5, PCIe, mini-Display Port, HDMI, Dual DVI

Ram : PC12800 RAM - 8GB, DDR3, Dual Channel, Cl 9, PC12800, 1600MHz(4x2GB)

Motherboard : Intel H55, LGA 1156, Micro ATX, DDR3, HDMI, USB 2.0, SATA II, Gigabit Ethernet Port
I really dont know how to choose a motherboard... its a pretty random choice. Its the HDMI that provoke that choice.

Powersupply : Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan
Does it make a difference one or another ?

Harddrive: meuuh.. I have a 500gb 7200rpm WD.
Overclocking: Why not ?
SLI or Crossfire: I would tend to say no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (I'm playing on a 32" TV and sometimes on my 60'')
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Thanks for your help!

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April 12, 2011 5:00:40 PM

the i5-2500k is far superior to those two cpu's, only a few bucks more over the i5-750, and is made to be oc'd.
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April 12, 2011 6:56:31 PM Antec EarthWatts 650W CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) i5-2500k & MSI mobo HD 6870 & free game
Do you need a case? Thats $680 before shipping/rebates for the above, will put what you had selected to shame

Can get a smaller PSU just stick with Antec, Cosair or Seasonic, the one above should allow you to crossfire later if u wanted to. 4GB of ram should be plenty can go with 8 for a bit more if you wanted.
April 12, 2011 7:30:12 PM

alright, so you're suggesting to buy another 6870 later, let's say, next year and I shall double my performance ? Is that how it works with crossfire ?

Also, the i5-2500k can be overclocked. Is it something that I should do with this computer ?

thanks again!
April 12, 2011 7:58:06 PM

Well I don't know if it will quite double your performance but it will allow you to buy another 6870 for prolly cheaper than what u pay for today and should perform better than most single cards down the road. Some benchmarks to show what I mean:

2 x 6870 vs a single GTX 580:
2 x 6870 vs a single 5970:
2x 6870 vs a single 6870:

Edit: Yes you can overclock the i5-2500k. Up to you if u want to or not. Try it at stock then read up on overclocking and try it later down the road if you want. Can drop down to a cheaper i5-2400 and cheaper mobo if u don't want to overclock. You still can crossfire with that MSI board btw
April 13, 2011 11:53:23 AM

Great, thanks imaurer!

I'll buy what you suggested!