New Build Recommendations

Hello everyone,

I'm in the process of building a new system and just completed a list of what I consider to be the best cost/performance ratio for my needs. Before I ordered the parts, I just wanted to see if anyone had any additional input for something I may have missed. If anyone knows any comparable parts that would improve the system without hiking the price too much, I'm open to any suggestions.


Approximate Purchase Date: This Weekend

Budget Range: 600-750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU / AMD Graphics

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Windows 7

Initial Build:

Processor: i3 2100

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67-M

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme

Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB

Power Supply: Antec BP550

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

Case: HAF 912

Thanks for the help!
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  1. Fill out form in the sticky, link in my sig.

    Also, your links are broken.

    Off the bat, pairing a P67 mobo with a non k processor seems silly.
  2. Banthracis,

    Sorry, just changed the format of the post to the one that you recommended. I haven't built a computer in quite awhile, so any suggestions on the motherboard would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
  3. Very nice price on the 5850.

    Yeah you should go with a H61 or H67 board as you will get the same features when using a non-k CPU but at a cheaper price. Here's a combo deal you might want to look at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.635223
  4. yes, 5850's are the absolute best value cards at the moment. they seem to be getting very little attention.
  5. Well at the low end of your budget you could go with this:

    optical
    LG $21 free ship w/ promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236

    Case
    Rosewill Destroyer $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144

    HD
    F3 500gb $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500gb

    GPU
    Sapphire 5850 $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932

    PSu
    xfx 650 $89 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007

    RAm
    Kingston HyperX 4gb ddr3 1600 cas 9 $50 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

    Mobo/CPU
    i3-2100 and GA H67A ud3 $243
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.635219

    Total: $648 including shipping
    $603 after rebates

    If you wanted to go over budget a little, for $760 after shipping and rebates you can swap mobo/cpu to this
    i5-2500k and ga p67 ud4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622005

    However, given that gaming is more GPu than CPU limited, the performance difference would be minimal. What it would allow you to do though, is have a top notch CPU and xfire capability to give you an upgrade path.

    Up to you really if it's worth it.
  6. Thanks for the input everyone, last thing I need to decide on for sure is the mobo. The board that Dyers Eve posted (BioStar) has great reviews, but I've never heard much about the brand before. The board that banthracis posted is a bit more expensive and has worse reviews, but it's a name brand (Gigabyte). Any further opinions would be very helpful. Thanks once again for your time everyone.
  7. GA and Asus are the top Mobo makers in the business. Biostar is one of the lower end budget companies. That's not to say their products suck, but their build quality and support are inferior to the better companies.

    Also, bear in mind newegg reviews aren't exactly the way to rate performance and value. They're good for long term durability, but there are too many idiots who give negative reviews for their own stupidity.

    For ex, take the Corsair AX 850/750, seasonic x 750/850 reviews where people RMA multiple PSU's because the PSU fan doesn't spin.

    Somehow these people failed to notice the multiple giant bold text warnings that tell them the fan is temp activated and will only spin when needed.

    Don't get me started on all the HD complains from people who buy OEM drives and the RMA them as DOA cuz they have no idea that you need to format an OEM drive yourself.
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