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April 14, 2011 1:49:56 AM

Hey guys so i have like $700 to work with and i was just wondering what you guys could come up with. I want to be able to play crysis COD blackops RIFT and other higher demanding games at high, and high resolution. I have windows XP but i think i want windows 7 with this build to take advantage of the new direct X versions, I have no preferences over ATi or Nvidia, or AMD and intel just whatever is the best deal. Also if this would all be from the same site (A good mouse and keyboard would also be good but not necessary. I need everything case CD rom and everything also i live in canada so if you could use tigerdirect.ca and newegg.ca that would be great

Thanks ahead of time guys

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April 14, 2011 2:58:12 AM

What res do you define as 'high resolution'?

If your $700 budget is inclusive of buying Win7 as well, this leaves you only about $600...?

Recommend at least a GTX460 (1 gb), and a 4 GB DDR3 set (2 x 2GB); I'd try to find a $40 hard drive in the 750 GB capacity range/$25 DVD ROM somewhere, and fight hard to save perhaps another $100 dollars for a 2500K/P67- based cpu/MB combo...; Intel outperform the AM3 based offerings significantly at all but the very highest resolutions (2560x1600), but AMD solutions will save you about $100.....
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April 14, 2011 5:49:24 AM

I'm going to try to cram a 560 ti into your build, here we go...

$120: i3-2100
$70: MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155
$35: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
$55: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
$20: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD
$50: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power
$38: SILVERSTONE Precision Series PS05-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
$110: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$205: ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Grand total: $703 (Note this is after all rebates and does not include tax or shipping. I also used newegg.ca for all prices, please confer with ncix and other canadian web retailers)
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April 14, 2011 10:09:46 AM

Dyers Eve said:
I'm going to try to cram a 560 ti into your build, here we go...

$120: i3-2100
$70: MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155
$35: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
$55: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
$20: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD
$50: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power
$38: SILVERSTONE Precision Series PS05-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
$110: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$205: ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Grand total: $703 (Note this is after all rebates and does not include tax or shipping. I also used newegg.ca for all prices, please confer with ncix and other canadian web retailers)


Ty for the reply that build looks promising, just got a question though, wouldnt going a cheaper triple core AMD processor be cheaper and perform better? or am i wrong?
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April 14, 2011 10:11:02 AM

mdd1963 said:
What res do you define as 'high resolution'?

If your $700 budget is inclusive of buying Win7 as well, this leaves you only about $600...?

Recommend at least a GTX460 (1 gb), and a 4 GB DDR3 set (2 x 2GB); I'd try to find a $40 hard drive in the 750 GB capacity range/$25 DVD ROM somewhere, and fight hard to save perhaps another $100 dollars for a 2500K/P67- based cpu/MB combo...; Intel outperform the AM3 based offerings significantly at all but the very highest resolutions (2560x1600), but AMD solutions will save you about $100.....

Highest res would probably be like 1920X1080
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April 14, 2011 1:45:52 PM

joho128 said:
Ty for the reply that build looks promising, just got a question though, wouldnt going a cheaper triple core AMD processor be cheaper and perform better? or am i wrong?


You're right, if you're going to spend this amount on your CPU, AMD is the way to go. You can even get four cores:

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz (114.99 newegg)


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April 14, 2011 1:58:51 PM

Check benchmarks. For many games that are GPU-bound at 1920x1080, the choice of CPU doesn't make a whole lot of difference (even though it will make some). For others though (like Starcraft 2), or multi-GPU configurations (if that's a future consideration) AMD can't touch Sandy Bridge.
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April 14, 2011 2:25:33 PM

if you want a $700 system, go for an i5-2400 or 2500, and an H61 motherboard instead ofd the K-series and a P67 motherboard. It makes everything much more doable.

Windows 7: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5-2500 + 4 GB DDR3-1600 + Free game: $246.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HIS HD6850 + Free game: $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AS Rock H61M-VS Motherboard: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HEC Blitz Black Steel case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

120mm case fan: $3.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Seagate 500 GB Hard drive: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek PC502 500W 80+ Bronze PSU: $44.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$700.87 with the fan from tiger direct.
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April 14, 2011 7:12:30 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
if you want a $700 system, go for an i5-2400 or 2500, and an H61 motherboard instead ofd the K-series and a P67 motherboard. It makes everything much more doable.

Windows 7: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5-2500 + 4 GB DDR3-1600 + Free game: $246.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HIS HD6850 + Free game: $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AS Rock H61M-VS Motherboard: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HEC Blitz Black Steel case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

120mm case fan: $3.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Seagate 500 GB Hard drive: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek PC502 500W 80+ Bronze PSU: $44.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$700.87 with the fan from tiger direct.

Sweet build looks pretty good, but is the 6850 a high end gaming card like the Nvidia 560? Also what would the lifespan of that system be do you suppose?
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April 14, 2011 8:08:58 PM

the 6850 is a step below the 560 in power, it trades blows with the 460. It's also $165 instead of $240, so $75 less expensive for about 5-10 fps difference. It'll still do great at gaming at 1920x1080.

with the 2500 and 6850, I'd say 2-3 years life. The motherboard is supposed to support Ivy Bridge coming in 2012, so that could extend the life by a couple years if you upgrade the video card at the same time.



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April 14, 2011 8:38:12 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the 6850 is a step below the 560 in power, it trades blows with the 460. It's also $165 instead of $240, so $75 less expensive for about 5-10 fps difference. It'll still do great at gaming at 1920x1080.

with the 2500 and 6850, I'd say 2-3 years life. The motherboard is supposed to support Ivy Bridge coming in 2012, so that could extend the life by a couple years if you upgrade the video card at the same time.

Ok sweet thanks
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April 14, 2011 8:46:21 PM

The HD 6850 will do just fine for those games at 1080p. I'm using it in a Phenom II x4 950 build and it works great for the job. I can even get good framerates in Crysis on High details at 1080p. Just forget about anti-aliasing. :p 
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April 14, 2011 9:56:13 PM

Nice build for the budget, Screwy.
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April 15, 2011 12:36:08 PM

Agree, awesome value on the chip / mobo memory
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