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First build questions - need help deciding.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.


Budget Range: 750$-800$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Music, Movies


Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I would like to start off with these 3 items -

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 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=N82E16814102908


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Up to 550$ with these 3 items so I have around 200-250$ left to spend.

Just need to add a case, hard drive, 4GB memory, DVD, and a power supply that would allow me to crossfire by adding a second GPU.

Does anyone run a setup similar to this? Thanks in advance for any information and advice.
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    Hi there, welcome to the forums.

    Here's my list of suggestions.

    Hard drive: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache $60
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17X727BPY503PK1RHYFY&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846 One of the fastest HDD's out there!

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $48
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g.skill-_-20-231-277-_-Product

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&Tpk=antec%20300%20illusion

    DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039&cm_re=sony_dvd-_-27-118-039-_-Product

    PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021&cm_re=antec_650-_-17-371-021-_-Product

    That rounds it up! about $200 :D
  2. First suggestion is ditch the i5 2500 and get the i5 2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074. Use the $20 savings and get a HD 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921 and enjoy a better gaming experience. Also I recommend all the parts Striker listed as they are very nice. Sapphire will honor there mail in rebate so you will pay a little over budget now but end up only $3 over which for the much improved level of peromance is worth it imho. Or if budget is tighter get a 6870 for $185 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349.Could get the 6870 and the 2500 if you absolutely want the 2500. Could actually get a 6870 and 2500k using Strikers parts recommendations and have an even better performing pc. Ill stop with the ideas there. Hope it helps.
  3. ^ Good point, totally missed it was only i5-2500. As Derp said, go either 2400 or 2500k. (Hint: 2500k :D)
  4. Great info guys thanks so much.

    So I'm switching my processor to either the i5 2400 or 2500k... If i go i5 2400 I should grab the 6950. and 2500k maybe the 6870?

    I'm gonna make an updated parts list tonight with all the parts striker has recommended.

    the 2500k is a bit more expensive but I've heard great things about it.. Should I just aim for that?
  5. Hmm Guess I can't wait till tonight.. This was pretty much the only build I could keep under 800$ barely.

    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 -21$

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 -55$

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 -65$

    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 -170$

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021 -80$ (great price)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 - 48$

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498 -170$

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 -190$

    That totals me out at 799$!

    Also I wasn't able to look through the bundles that well but I'll try more after work.

    With the 2500k and the 6870 I believe I had the total at 900$.
  6. I would suggest getting a cheaper mobo and moving up to the 6870. Here's a pretty good one, albeit not as pretty: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_Z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product With the $40 saved, move up to a 6870.
  7. Nice I like the fact that mobo is able
    to be a combo with either the 2400 or 2500k at
    a 35$ dollar difference. is it worth the upgrade or should I stick with the 2400 and
    the 6870?
  8. Well, they are pretty similar. The only difference is that the 2500k can overclock. And when I say overclock, I mean OVERCLOCK A LOT. Many people are hitting 4.5GHz on air, which is a HUGE increase in performance. However, you could probably hit 3.8-4.0 on stock cooling, which is still a big jump.

    And when you consider how easy it is to overclock nowadays, I would go ahead and throw down the $35 to get the 6870+2500k. Just my opinion though.
  9. So I took your advice on the 2500k and got this build set up -

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=ga-z68a-_-13-128-502-_-Product

    SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909&cm_re=6870-_-14-102-909-_-Product


    with the rest of pieces that strike suggested -


    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_three_hundred-_-11-129-066-_-Product

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD Internal Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021&cm_re=antec_truepower-_-17-371-021-_-Product

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=G._skill_ripjaws_series_4gb-_-20-231-277-_-Product

    This totals me out right at 808$ which is a little over budget but seems worth it.

    Did I miss anything? thanks again for all the advice / information.
  10. You're links are broken. If you copy from a post, click the BBcode button along the top side and copy from there.

    But looking at the parts, it seems awesome!

    You can save $5 by buying the F3 from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=16EMHF9BETEWPV043VZV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846 That brings it a little closer to the budget ;)
  11. Very nice build
  12. Edited the above post so the links all work.

    Unfortunately the power source ran out of stock today. and 26$ more on amazon makes me very sad.

    Should I just look for a comparable one with wattage. Or do you guys have any favored brands / types?


    Also Thanks again Striker and Derp you guys have been a lot of help!! :wahoo: :wahoo:
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  14. You could go with the Antec Earthwatts 650w instead of the true power if you want to buy the parts now. Biggest sacrifice would be losing two 6pin connectores, it is cheaper though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
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