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Very New/ First Build/ Need advice on Video Card

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May 22, 2011 11:13:44 PM

Current Equipment purchased from NewEgg.


1 x ($49.99) MEM 2Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $49.99


1 x ($11.98) CPU THERMPASTE|AS5-3.5G % - OEM $11.98


1 x ($74.99) MB MSI| 880GM-E41 880G R $74.99


1 x ($69.99) PSU SUNBEAM| PSU-COM680-BK-US % - OEM $69.99


1 x ($54.99) CASE RAIDMAX|QUANTUM BK ATX-798WB R $54.99


1 x ($99.99) WIN 7 HOME PREM SP1 64BIT 1PK - OEM - OEM $99.99


1 x ($99.99) CPU AMD|ATH II X4 640 3.0G AM3 RT $99.99


1 x ($59.99) HD 1T|ST SATA6.0 32M ST31000524AS % - OEM $59.99


1 x ($19.99) DVD BURNER LITE-ON | IHAS124-04 % - OEM $19.99


1 x ($44.99) CPU COOLER ZALMAN | 9500A R $44.99


I will ultimately be using this system for Gaming and some online school work that isn't done on my laptop. Goal would be to optimally run WOW on highest settings. I would like to use a 32in or bigger TV to double as a monitor while possibly running dual monitors if this system excepts that. The GF is worried she will have trouble using the large screen so would like to put a 19inch beside it. I would like to not spend more than 150 on Vid card if possible. Any and all advice is needed. Assume the worst if you are seeing equipment that doesn't work with the other and Please let me know. Also this will be my first build and I would love any of those little tips that will make this an easy process for me. Any advice on things I can do to improve my gaming experience is welcomed. Thanks in advance guys




a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2011 11:45:16 PM

You've already purchased all these parts? I would have swapped out most of those parts for others... :(  For the GPU @$150 I'd get a HD 6850, though I wouldn't trust that PSU very far with it.
May 22, 2011 11:55:43 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! I did put the order on hold. Any ideas on which parts you would prefer. Ultimately working with 800$ for the build. And which PSU would you suggest for the card.
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a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2011 12:01:59 AM

Excellent! You may want to fill out the build advice form in my signature, but at $800 I'd look into an i3-2100 with this mobo maybe a mobo like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Your RAM and HDD, the 6850, a TX 750 V2 for crossfire later on or a ~550W model if not (look mostly at Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, and Enermax). If you aren't overclocking drop the Zalman, if you are maybe get a Hyper 212+. You don't need the thermal paste in either case really, except for very high overclocks.
a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2011 12:02:40 AM

I'll start you off with some suggestions.
CPU: ntel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W $65 ($55 with MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300 Illusion $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No CPU cooler needed.

For GPU. try a 6850, 5850, or a GTX 460 768.
May 23, 2011 12:53:07 AM

Thanks for the advice! New info you requested.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 800$ After rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/ Movies/ Occasion School Work >.>

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers(2.1Audio system)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New to this currently looking @ newegg but if better suggestions please let me know

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire

Monitor Resolution: Would like to hear some input on best TV for monitor around the 32' size

Additional Comments: Not really interested in the cosmetics as much as performance. Would like to be able to run WOW/ Black OPS @ full capacity with little lag!

Thanks again!
May 24, 2011 1:34:55 AM

Thanks for the info guys. This is what i've come up with so far after doing some more research.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341016

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

MB: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157229

CPU: ntel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

Dont think im missing anything but again any and all advice is needed Thanks

Will this build be ideal for a 32" or bigger TV doubling for a monitor? I am worried about the PSU not being enough. I can afford a few dollars more for a larger PSU if needed. Also read that the i5 runs pretty cool. Will an aftermarket CPU cooler be needed for this build?

Any recommendations on TV type also? Size/ Specs? Dont really want to go bigger than 32"
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2011 3:10:30 AM

At $800, this will be tough. You need an OS correct? Knock off $100 there. If you also need a TV, so there's a big issue. Get back to me on those 2 things and I can help you figure something out.
May 24, 2011 10:45:59 AM

Id love to go with the windows 7 ultimate but dont think I have the money ATM. The 800 budget was just for the hardware minus the TV which will be purchased from dell. Kinda forgot to mention that >.< I don't want to spend more than 400$ on the TV and what I was looking at is

TV: E320VP LED LCD HDTV
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

The OS Budget I have around 200$ for and was keeping that seperate from the hardware budget.

So total Budget for the complete system would be around 1400$ Including OS and TV.
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