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May 3, 2011 7:01:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a month

Budget Range: Under $600 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SC2, future games like Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Ok about a week ago I posted a topic here asking for advice on a build, but I have to lower my budget =/. I decided to downgrade to an i3 2100 from an i5 2400

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - $193.98

SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102932

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136769

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231276

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371016

LG Black 22X - $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136221

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

Total after Tax + Shipping = $641.10

I got a couple of questions

1. Is the difference between the i3 2100 and i5 2400 significant? I've looked at a benchmark off anandtech and I don't really know what I'm looking at haha..

2. Will I be able to upgrade processor later on?

3. How is this build for gaming?

May 3, 2011 7:33:11 PM

You can upgrade the processor later but if your want a k series processor later you would want a p67 m/b to go with it.

Your current M/B does not support Sli/crossfire since it only has one PCI-e slot

The 1TB WD drive (same series as the one listed) is 59.99 free ship with promo code EMCKEKG23 (it was in an email promo)

The difference will be significant in games which utilize 4 cores, so it depends on what you play.

Here is some ram that is not as good as yours (as far as timings) but it would leave you a slot open to add another 4Gb stick and it is cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 3, 2011 7:57:42 PM

There are 1tb drives for 50 bucks out there. Check out the Spinpoint F3. That one's stupid popular.
I'd suggest a motherboard with more than one PCIe slot if you're wanting to go crossfire/sli, but I would never suggest doing that. Single card solutions are almost always better. Lots of games don't support duel-graphics options.
The difference in CPUs is huge. The i5 is 2 cores heavier, and for 20-30 dollars for the k version, it's an easy 25-35% speed overclock. Your budget may not handle that processor though.
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May 3, 2011 8:02:56 PM

heres Toms' Sub $200 CPU article. you can see the difference between the i3 2100 and the i5 2400 in gaming.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

most games only utilize one or two cores, very few will use more effectively. the i3 is faster at gaming than a lot of quad cores and is perfectly suited for a budget gaming build.

I must disagree with mlCaouette on the Memory, go with 2 sticks so that dual channel is enabled. 4GB is fine for most applications and gaming. with only one memory stick you will notice a significant performance degradation. please see Tom's article on memory upgrades:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...


don't worry about CF or SLi in a budget build. you have selected a strong GPU for the $ you'll be fine. like wise don't worry about a P67 mb, yes it is require if you want to overclock with a 'K' series CPU. you can still put a 'K' series CPU in the MB you picked in your list, you just can't Overclock it. not everyone overclocks, a stock i5 -2500K is a solid performer and would be solid upgrade later.

It's a good budget gaming build with a strong GPU. if you can find the extra $ the HD mlCaouette would be a good upgrade and you would see faster load times.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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May 4, 2011 4:41:45 AM

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May 4, 2011 11:16:54 AM

stingstang said:
There are 1tb drives for 50 bucks out there. Check out the Spinpoint F3. That one's stupid popular.
I'd suggest a motherboard with more than one PCIe slot if you're wanting to go crossfire/sli, but I would never suggest doing that. Single card solutions are almost always better. Lots of games don't support duel-graphics options.
The difference in CPUs is huge. The i5 is 2 cores heavier, and for 20-30 dollars for the k version, it's an easy 25-35% speed overclock. Your budget may not handle that processor though.


Anandtech's bench almost shows a 20% difference in performance between i3 and i5 processors. Check it out: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=363

I guess if you can afford it, go for the i5 processor.
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