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May 12, 2011 1:54:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: 750$-830$ max


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

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg!


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: eh none realy

Overclocking: Mayby in the future


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want run all games high-max settings. I do not already have an OS .

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May 12, 2011 2:50:40 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310992-31-gaming-buil...

that one came out just before you :p  His final one came out to 860ish if you want to go with a lesser power supply and motherboard since you are not wanting to SLI/CF.

Ooo scratch that no OS for you.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 $190

motherboard: MSI PH67S-C43 $85

Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II $250 $20MIR

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $40

PSU: CORSAIR 500W $60 $10MIR

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $50

OS:windows 7 $100

HDD:Spinpoint f3 1TB $65

Well that gets it to $840 with 30MIR...
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May 12, 2011 3:03:05 AM

its great, except for the fact that its a $950 build with the OS.



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Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
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$99.99

Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Item #: N82E16819115074
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MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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-$5.00 Instant
-$18.00 Combo
$289.98
$266.98
Subtotal: $856.91

Shipping: $7.33
Remove EMCKEKD73 Discount From Promo Code -$15.00
Remove EMCKEKD52 Discount From Promo Code -$10.00
Remove EMCKEJK77 Discount From Promo Code -$5.00

Grand Total: $834.24
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May 12, 2011 3:07:32 AM

Haha, ya too slow to update my post before you got it :p 
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May 12, 2011 3:13:52 AM

Nice you were able to keep the 2500k in your build...I was trying to keep that but failed.
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May 12, 2011 4:27:15 AM

nice build eloric, i might go with that. and thanks to everyone else as well.
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May 12, 2011 4:38:03 AM

Do the rebates work, i heard people have problems with them.
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May 12, 2011 4:43:38 AM



I would swap that 6870 for a Sapphire 5850, drops the price a bit and lessens the worry of rebates. A 5850 performs pretty darned close to a 6870 anyway.
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May 12, 2011 4:57:04 AM

how much of a difference is it compared to the 6850? considering it cost like 20$ more.
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May 12, 2011 5:02:45 AM

5850 > 6850
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May 12, 2011 5:41:39 AM
May 12, 2011 7:09:41 AM

Just a note.
the 2500K will be GPU limited in GAMING with any of the above proposed GPUs.
With an exception of 560Ti. But this isn't a good choice considering the 6950 2GB is available at almost the same price.
Good Luck.
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May 12, 2011 7:13:07 AM

True, but it's easier to add/upgrade a card than a cpu...well maybe not so much eaiser as it is less of a hassle.
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May 12, 2011 7:34:16 AM

Fair enough. But my Opinion is that Gaming systems should be built around the GPU rather than the CPU. Most modern games rely almost entirely on the GPU than on the CPU. Also a high end GPU like a 6950 2GB costs around 250$
and an i5 2500K(considered top of the line Gaming CPU) only costs 215$
I 'm sure I can get the same performance with a 145$ i3.
or maybe even better performance than pairing a i5 with a lower GPU.
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May 12, 2011 7:41:19 AM

Hmm I always go the opposite. It's better to have the gpu be the choke since you can always lower the settings/resolution but if you can't process what's happening on the screen the eye candy won't matter.
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May 12, 2011 7:49:03 AM

I dont think that 'll happen with any of the current generation CPUs.
Not even the athlon IIs let alone the Phenoms and SandyBridge.
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May 12, 2011 7:54:56 AM

I've had that happen in mmos. Aion when it had people that played getting 200 people in one area fighting my cpu couldn't keep up with that many objects and I'd just crash. Same as WoW back when everyone would be huddled up around the AH/bank in Ironforge. I couldn't even get to the outside of the entrance gate before crashing.
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May 12, 2011 8:34:41 AM

well I guess we should decide based on what we expect from the build...
Couldn't that have been a bandwidth issue also?
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May 12, 2011 8:52:35 AM

At the time my wife had an i7 860 with gts250, I had an e8400 with gtx260, I couldn't handle the fighting she had no prob. All other things being equal her processor >> mine and graphics meant nothing (I was running 1600x900 she was 1920x1080...one of the reasons I have sandy bridge now :p )
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May 12, 2011 1:45:47 PM

In this case I have to agree with gametstr. I had this conversation with Why_Me and he schooled me. The difference between the i5-2400 and 2500k is minimal without and overclock, and it would be better to spend the money on a 560ti or 6950. The only real reason to go 2400 vs 2500k is the motherboard. A good h61 motherboard is around $70, while a good p67 board is around $150. The fact is, it's better to have more GPU juice than CPU juice, pretty much no matter what.
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May 12, 2011 2:37:38 PM

^ i think what you mean is that you agree with genghiskron :)  the fact is, an i5-2400 is simply so good that it doesnt matter if an i5-2500k is better. you would also need a $30 heatsink to overclock the i5-2500k, which makes the total cost difference between a stock i5-2400 and an OC'd i5-2500k more than $100.

I agree with gamestr that the 6950 2gb is an excellent choice. I dont agree that it is clearly a better choice than a Twin Frozr 560ti. They are both excellent cards and there are advantages and disadvantages associated with each (particularly from game to game). From what i see on newegg, the cheapest 6950 is $268 including shipping.

Yes, yes, i know Tomshardware has recommended the 6950 2gb. And if youre wondering, i have CF'd 6870's, im not a nvidia fanboy.
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May 12, 2011 2:41:01 PM

^$168? I'm assuming you meant $268. And I was referring to the debate above.
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May 12, 2011 2:46:28 PM

^edit submitted before correction. :(  better luck next time
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May 12, 2011 3:10:18 PM

Go for the MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3(+) 890FX and the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz --- That's $270 after rebate. You can save another $15 with the PhII 955BE at $125 if you are so inclined.

At a minimum you should snag the HD6950 1GB. The 2GB HD6950 'reference' design with the dual BIOS for modding will be around $50 more, but might be just out of your reach. No worries. The 1GB version is still quite a performer and will easily take a 10% OC with low volts.

It will smack an HD 5850 around pretty good, and trade blows with the 560Ti. Will be great in CrossFire.

You should have enough cash left over for decent after-market cooling and still stay below your budget.


edit: I fergit ...

You might have enough cash left over to snag an Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W to get a head start on that CrossFire.
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May 12, 2011 5:48:03 PM

Could anyone recommend some motherboards for an i5 2400? I'd like something with SLI/Crossfire capability and a reputation for reliability. Thanks!
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May 12, 2011 6:41:02 PM

Either you don't have sli/cf and get a 560 or 6950 with 2400. Or cf with 2500k and 5850. It's a trade off of better cpu+mobo or better gpu. If you go with a sli/cf 560 or 6950 and 2400 you'll need a bigger psu putting the cost to 900. Also the cheapest sli/cf mobos need 90 degree sata cables.

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  • Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
  • Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
  • MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
  • Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
  • Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    TOTAL: $809.68 Shipping Included. Before MIR.

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  • Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XTREME 1 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100282XTREME
    TOTAL: $803.95 Shipping Included. Before MIR.
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    May 12, 2011 6:58:24 PM

    which would be most future proof?
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    May 12, 2011 7:43:56 PM

    I like the idea of having an overclockable CPU, but am afraid that striker410 is right. If gaming is your primary objective, you should probably make the sacrifice in cpu and motherboard to get a decent video card....or come up with some extra cash.
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    May 12, 2011 7:53:29 PM

    Personally I stick with 1 powerful card because I only use 1 monitor. If you want to future proof and have a multi monitor/card setup, fork out the extra cash for a $900 build.
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    May 12, 2011 11:00:20 PM

    I'm not going to be the doing the whole multi monitor set up anytime soon..thats what my laptop is for.
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    May 13, 2011 12:29:21 AM

    so... after 30 posts the conclusion is that the builds posted in the 1st and 2nd replies are appropriate. good luck!
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    May 13, 2011 3:02:40 AM

    Best answer selected by space oddity.
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