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May 19, 2011 6:44:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.


Budget Range: $700 - $900 prefer around $800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly playing wow at the moment). School work. Very light video editing (youtube).


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg. tiger direct if a better price.

Overclocking: Would prefer not to.

SLI or Crossfire: not sure?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: would like to run wow on ultra (other games on high/ultra) as best I can for my current price range.


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So far im thinking about:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Possibly?


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

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May 19, 2011 8:27:18 AM

CPU : i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
Mobo :
decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

Do u need PSU and other components also?
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May 19, 2011 10:43:04 AM

gametstr said:
CPU : i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
Mobo :
decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

Do u need PSU and other components also?



Thanks for the reply!
I do want to play different games as well but as for right now I am spending a lot of time in wow.
I do need a PSU and everything else (minus mouse/keyboard/speakers/monitor).
As for the mobo I think I will be going with a z68... im just not sure which one.
For the PSU I was thinking of going with a corsair... everyone gives them great reviews. Maybe this one:
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 19, 2011 11:01:23 AM

gametstr said:
CPU : i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
Mobo :
decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

Do u need PSU and other components also?




Who ever told you that is a liar. They perform the same, He should get a ati 5850 no need for a card like that on wow. 60 FPS is good enough.
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May 19, 2011 8:36:15 PM

Mobo:
AsRock z68 extreme 4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
Since u want to game at high settings on other games also go for the 6950 2GB

The RAM and PSU u selected are good. That corasair unit a bit pricey for me tho.

HDD:
Samsung spinpoint f3 1 TB

Case :
what kind of case do u want? Look at antec 300 and haf 912 if u want 'em on the cheap but very good air flow and build quality.
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May 20, 2011 3:31:50 AM

The AsRock z68 extreme 4 mobo is out of stock on newegg, im buying all the pieces in the next few days (right before I move), could you recommend another mobo?
As for the case I do want a coolmaster with very good air flow.
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May 20, 2011 3:34:02 AM

For the mobo, I recommended one option above. And yes, the HAFs would all suite your needs.
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May 20, 2011 4:41:49 AM

So far I have :
windows 7 64 bit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 illusion case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So far the cost is roughly $900. Would there be any way to lower this cost without sacrificing too much power?

As for the mobo I was thinking of ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im choosing that one since the one gametstr linked is out of stock... Will that one work out with my build so far?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2011 4:45:21 AM

Looks fine.
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May 20, 2011 7:02:12 AM

shreddawg said:
So far I have :

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


As for the mobo I was thinking of ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im choosing that one since the one gametstr linked is out of stock... Will that one work out with my build so far?


I would seriously consider this for the GPU 233$ AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Yes it will work. Note that its p67.
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May 20, 2011 7:03:32 AM

Looks like this is my final build I would like to double check that everything is compatible and make sure im not missing anything.
Also, my total came out to just over $1000 is there anywhere I can lower the price a bit without sacrificing too much?
Current build:

OS:
windows 7 64 bit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Antec 300 illusion case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 20, 2011 7:12:10 AM

gametstr said:
I would seriously consider this for the GPU 233$ AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Yes it will work. Note that its p67.


I understand why you recommend that GPU but I am currently trying to cut costs... Original budget was up to $900 and I just passed the $1000 mark (before rebates only about $30 in rebates though).

Is there a problem with the P67 mobo? Still kinda confused with the p67 and z68.
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May 20, 2011 7:15:40 AM

Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

edit : typing while u posted.

Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.

As for cutting the costs

4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming presently. If need be it can be easily upgraded at a later time(possibly cheaper than now)?

How much over 1000 are u presently?
I forgot the fact that u were trying to stay close to 800. If that were to be achieved we 'd need to do heavy revisions with the build.
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May 20, 2011 7:25:58 AM

gametstr said:
Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

edit : typing while u posted.

Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.


I would like to get that GPU and I know its not that much more (considering I already went over my planned budget haha). But I am really trying to crunch numbers here... I am already looking at everything trying to decide where I can cut costs.
You wouldnt by any chance have any recommendations?

... You are really making me want that GPU... ^^


EDIT : I think I typed when you typed now... haha
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May 20, 2011 7:31:05 AM

gametstr said:
Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

edit : typing while u posted.

Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.

As for cutting the costs

4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming presently. If need be it can be easily upgraded at a later time(possibly cheaper than now)?

How much over 1000 are u presently?
I forgot the fact that u were trying to stay close to 800. If that were to be achieved we 'd need to do heavy revisions with the build.


I am currently at $1065 before rebates. I was actually thinking of downgraded it to 4bg but I wasnt sure if there was something else I can change first. I know someone in an earlier post said my PSU was a little pricey but everyone on the forums is saying not to cheap out on the psu.
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May 20, 2011 7:36:01 AM

Well idk I 'd probably wait for a couple of weeks and see what bulldozer has to offer. and where r u from? Do u have a microcenter there?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

It was me that told u about the PSU actually. I meant pricey as in about 10 - 15bucks tops. No big deal. Its a good unit. Stick to it. Or u could consider the Corsair VX550.

Whats ur position if u downgrade to 4GB and after rebates?
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May 20, 2011 7:40:07 AM

I am trying to get it ASAP because im moving to AZ in about 2 weeks.
I currently live in Cypress,CA OC so I guess i do have a microcenter near by! =]
Ill check out some of the prices.


EDIT:
WOW the i5 is a lot cheaper there!
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May 20, 2011 7:44:06 AM

gametstr said:
Well idk I 'd probably wait for a couple of weeks and see what bulldozer has to offer. and where r u from? Do u have a microcenter there?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

It was me that told u about the PSU actually. I meant pricey as in about 10 - 15bucks tops. No big deal. Its a good unit. Stick to it. Or u could consider the Corsair VX550.

Whats ur position if u downgrade to 4GB and after rebates?



Im still checking prices but so far if I downgrad to 4bg and get the i5 from microcenter I will be under $1000! =)

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May 20, 2011 7:44:46 AM

Yup do that and u could save a good 30bucks on the CPU alone. (which I 'd spend on the 6950 2GB ofcourse :p )
Check the prices on other parts too ofcourse. And see if they have the z68 u wanted.

and u said school work. If u r a stundent and have a .edu email address u can download windows 7 for 27bucks I think, and have a backup disk mailed to u for 13$ total to 40$?

Heres a link
http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/d...

Its an upgrade version but I believe its possible to perform a clean install with it. The non updrade student version is about 65$ apparently.

http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows...

and we forgot a CPU cooler. r u ok with a stock cooler for now?
and I was checking the prices at microcenter for other parts and I gues I wouldn't bother with it. Newegg is much cheaper for everything else.
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May 20, 2011 7:58:23 AM

gametstr said:
Yup do that and u could save a good 30bucks on the CPU alone. (which I 'd spend on the 6950 2GB ofcourse :p )
Check the prices on other parts too ofcourse. And see if they have the z68 u wanted.

and u said school work. If u r a stundent and have a .edu email address u can download windows 7 for 27bucks I think, and have a backup disk mailed to u for 13$ total to 40$?

Heres a link
http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/d...

Its an upgrade version but I believe its possible to perform a clean install with it. The non updrade student version is about 65$ apparently.

http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows...


NICE! Ill have to check that out! Well, with all this im under 1k so I think im happy! I will be getting the 6950 2gb now!
Thanks for all the help!
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May 20, 2011 8:01:20 AM

Best answer selected by shreddawg.
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