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Finally chose a combo I think, looking for some advice

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June 8, 2011 1:19:11 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Think I'm going to settle with the i5 instead of the i7 since this combo seems to be pretty good. Was wondering, to make sure I see the most boost in performance if I was going to spend up to another 200 dollars where should I spend it?

Right now I added a 32 gig Patriot SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And looking into a cooler now. Wasn't sure if the Frio would fit in this case that comes with the combo. So I'd love to hear some suggestions on this as well

But do you think that adding another set of 2x4 Gig RAM would be the best choice, or should I just hold off and stick with 8?
June 8, 2011 1:53:02 PM

You need a video card, that combo doesn't have one. Gamer?
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June 8, 2011 2:48:10 PM

GPU isn't needed here because it's an i5!
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June 8, 2011 2:56:47 PM

Graphics isnt needed if you want to play farmville. And you want to say because of Z68 as all Sandy Bridge processors have integrated graphics its the chipset that matters if you can use it or not. I would say A) Give us your budget B) What are you going to use this build for? C) Skip the SSD and buy a HD 6870 for $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 8, 2011 5:53:56 PM

Oh excuse me, I have a GTX 460. I completely forgot to mention that.

Also my wife just said go ahead and build the i7 lol, so now I need a rig under 1000 =)

A.) 1000 dollars
B.) Gaming, Everquest mostly (multiple instances, like 6+)

C.) I really want to get SSD drive for loading times if I can. Obviously it's not required, but it would be nice if I can fit it in the budget.
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June 8, 2011 6:07:50 PM

Total = $1007. Allows for addition of 2nd GFX card at a later date. A i7-2600k would be $100ish more but of little benefit in gaming.

Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $380 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - inc - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could use the existing 460 as a PhysX card ......

Or get the Vertex 3 now (would change total cost an extra $50), use the 460 GTX for now and add a new GFX card(s) later. That's prolly the route I'd take.
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June 8, 2011 6:20:29 PM

Okay I'm loving this so far. Just curious as to why go i5 instead of i7, I was pretty sold on the fact that hyperthreading giving me the extra 4 cores woudl allow me to more easily run more instances of EQ.

If I used my existing PSU, and DVD drive, that'd knock it down some, and I'm without a doubt sticking with the 460 since no game I play can even begin to use that much less that 560 TI monster! So that saves me the 220 there. Total then I'm seeing 687 before the SSD, and I'm liking that a lot! This seems like a great solution for me. Going to look into all a little more and see what other people offer! I think that SSD will really set this combo nicely!

Thanks so much for your input.

JackNaylorPE said:
Total = $1007. Allows for addition of 2nd GFX card at a later date. A i7-2600k would be $100ish more but of little benefit in gaming.

Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $380 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - inc - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could use the existing 460 as a PhysX card ......

Or get the Vertex 3 now (would change total cost an extra $50), use the 460 GTX for now and add a new GFX card(s) later. That's prolly the route I'd take.

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June 8, 2011 6:55:49 PM

Dont get a i5 760 as it is outdated/overpriced/ and outperformed by less expensive parts and parts at its own price level. Heres my $1000 build idea if thats what the budget seems to be:
Derp's "All Thats Necessary" Build
Cpu
Intel Core i5 2400 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-19115074
Motherboard
MSI P67A-G43 $125/Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128495
Ram
GSkill Ripjaw X 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1333Mhz $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231438
Psu
Silverstone Strider Essential 600w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817256071
Gpu
Zotac GTX 460 1Gb $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814500202
HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 $50.09
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA [...] 696&sr=8-3
DvD
LG DvD+RW $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136216
Case
Zalman Z9 Plus $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811235027


Total
$722.09
Thats my build but assuming I am going to need an overclockable cpu and a better gpu to be competitive in this build off, my revised parts for that case are below.
Cpu
Intel Core i5 2500k $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-19115072
Cooler
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $30
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/a [...] B002G1YPH0
Gpu
Gigabyte Windforce GTX 570 $345
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125365
PSU
Silverstone Strider Essential 700w $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817256072


Revised Total
$997
Either build idea is very capable and at the least a good starting point for you to modify on. Let me know if you want working links as the ones above wont work.
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June 8, 2011 7:07:30 PM

Sorry bout that, still those just swapping in a 2500k and mobo to your build would be quite expensive especially with the velociraptor raid array
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June 8, 2011 7:41:23 PM

Loving the suggestions. I'm not going to go under the 2500 for sure, I don't ever overclock, at least I haven't yet to this point in my CPU career, but I'm still trying to decide between the 2500k and the 2600k solely because I don't know why I wouldn't want hyperthreading. I mean if it's creating 4 more cores I know it's not doubling the capacity of the chip, but it's gotta be better at handling multiple instances of games, which is what I plan on doing. Then again the 2500k may just shred so much that it doesn't even matter for what I do. (6-10 instances of Everquest, I want it to be able to handle at least 10 copies of the game open at once)

I have the video card I'm going to be using, so that's not an issue in my pricing, and if I keep my old power supply which has served me well for 3 years so far with excess power available, that could save me another 100 right there. In Derp's build you only put in 4 gigs of RAM, well I'm over that easily with only running 3 copies. I have 8 in my current computer and I'm thinking I may go on up to 16 this time. I am going to start with 2x4 though, then if I need 8 more get another 2x4 set.

Can anyone tell me why I SHOULDN'T get an i7 for what I do?
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June 8, 2011 8:05:58 PM

I've thought about it, but I don't want to go AMD and have lower performance. I want this computer to last me 3-4 years before I upgrade again, so I'd rather get the best processor I can, with the best platform, so I can enjoy my gaming with solid peace of mind =)

But if you can sway me as to why I should go that route, I'm here to learn, I'm no master by any means.
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this is not a suggestion but only a question...
have you given any thought about going AMD at all, AM3+ motherboard.?

we all know that the i7 and the i5 is 1 and 2 in performance, my question isn't debating that..

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