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June 15, 2011 7:01:57 PM

Hello, I am building a computer for around 850-900 dollars. I went on Geeks to go and got a good intel sandy bridges build but I just want to double check to see that its the best I can buy with my money. Here is the entire build except the monitor and cooling system.


Mobo, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157251

CPU. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115077

RAM, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233147

Case, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129042

HDD, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136319

GPU, > http://www.newegg.co...D127%2D490%2DTS

DVD, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136236

Total excluding shipping and taxes. $730.00
PSU, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139020

AMD build is exactly the same except for the Mobo and CPU.

The Mobo you selected is Socket AM3, (end of that line) I have changed it for a Socket AM3+, this is backward compatible with current CPUs but will take the next release Bulldozer CPU.

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June 15, 2011 7:09:01 PM

The links are not working. For me atleast. Please mention the product names.
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June 15, 2011 7:17:16 PM

just visit this website: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/302296-parts-for-a... If that doesnt work, try copying and pasting into the search bar or whatever. if that doesnt work here they are:


Motherboard,> ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU,>Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120

RAM,>CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

case,>Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD,>Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU,>
MSI Radeon HD 5770 R5770 Hawk Video Card


XFX Radeon HD 6790 HD-679X-ZDFC Video Card


EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 01G-P3-1556-KR Video Card

DVD,>LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

PSU,>CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply



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June 15, 2011 7:24:53 PM

The guy who listed this build did not specify on graphics card.
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June 15, 2011 7:56:49 PM

Not a bad build but IMO the i3 2120 is not worth the extra 25$ over the i3 2100. That cash can actually be spent to get a good aftermarket cooler like the coolermaster HAF 212+. Also the PSU is overkill. Although am never against a more powerful PSU buy (future vision) but this rig can easily be handled by an Antec 380D. Among the video cards, it has to be either the HD 6790 or the GTX 550 Ti.
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June 15, 2011 8:31:00 PM

So your'e saying that this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
Is better than the one previously listed? And as the power supply, why is the one chosen overkill? It is cheap compared to others.

And reading reviews of the 2 video cards you suggested, there are better ones out there. How about this PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 15, 2011 8:33:19 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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June 16, 2011 12:30:14 AM

What do you think would make this build better? All im going to do is some light gaming and I want it to last long :) 
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June 16, 2011 9:37:45 AM

Links aren't working for me either.

Here is a good $800 build you should look at. It has a i5 2500 and a HD6870 which would eat a i3 + HD6790 for breakfast.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/750-gaming-pc-jun...

If you find it hard to keep under budget with the monitor included, I suggest dropping the processor to an i5 2300 and/or the GPU to a HD6850.
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June 16, 2011 7:39:12 PM

What about a GeFore GTX 460 1 GB? Is it worth the extra money? And that build is really nice thank you, i will consider that over the i3.
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June 17, 2011 12:27:18 AM

And also i just realized ,that build doesnt have a cooling system, whats up with that?
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June 17, 2011 3:26:53 AM

fruitinator said:
And also i just realized ,that build doesnt have a cooling system, whats up with that?


Ever heard of stock cooling? I hear it's quite good these days.

Tbh, if you don't OC your processor, the stock cooling should hold up quite well. You can always drop in a Hyper 212+ for an extra $35.

Also, HD6870 > GTX460.

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June 17, 2011 4:33:13 AM

Ohhhhh nice! My friend said he had a Nvidia evea 8800gt or something in his computer, is this a good graphics card? He just built his computer a few weeks ago and its worth like 1500 dollars and hes willing to sell it to me for 800. Its brand new and has an SSD to run apps, its great but how is the video card? I couldnt find it on newegg. Thanks for your replys.
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June 17, 2011 5:46:35 AM

fruitinator said:
Ohhhhh nice! My friend said he had a Nvidia evea 8800gt or something in his computer, is this a good graphics card? He just built his computer a few weeks ago and its worth like 1500 dollars and hes willing to sell it to me for 800. Its brand new and has an SSD to run apps, its great but how is the video card? I couldnt find it on newegg. Thanks for your replys.



The 8800GT was a good card... 3 YEARS AGO! Today it would compare to something like a HD5670. Mediocre at best. The HD6870 is easily 4x faster.

Even if you have no idea about computers, if someone is selling something a week old for half price, you know there is something else going on. I'd avoid it.
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June 17, 2011 8:33:15 PM

Noo.... His parents are divorced and they live far apart so he wants to get a laptop instead... Well I will check it out and I can always replace the Graphics card later. He says it runs great but its not really portable so he wants to sell it. The processor in his computer is an i5 3.0 GHz and he has it set so he can overclock it when he wants, pretty cool. Could I get an HD6870 at a cheap price? I could save up money to get it.

Thanks for your replys.
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June 17, 2011 8:55:30 PM

The link you showed me for the 800 dollar gaming build, are those parts new? Because if they are, that is a really great deal!

Also, in the $800 build, Does the PSU have enough Watts and PCI-E connectors to drive the video card?

is it better than the Intel build that I was suggested?

Thanks.
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June 18, 2011 4:39:08 PM

Yup. Brand new. Every item has multiple prices depending on the actual retailer. That's how Amazon works.

Tom's last $500 build had a HD6870 running on a 380W version of the same PSU. Therefore, 500W should be plenty.

This build has an i5 2500, which is obviously better than a i3 2120. And the HD6870 is more powerful than any of the cards you listed.

If you can list the exact specs of your friends PC, maybe we can put a price tag on it. 'i5 3.0GHz' is so vague.
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June 19, 2011 9:51:12 PM

Okay, I checked out my friends PC and it was pretty damn kickass. It runs black ops and portal 2 and stuff at max graphics but my only problem was the processor- Intel core 2 duo, a little old. Also I want to build my own computer because I handle the parts and put it together myself. I will learn more and it will be interesting to see everything.

The build you suggested is perfect. The motherboard is P67, the i3 build is a z68. z68 is better for overclocking. Does it make THAT much of a difference out of these two motherboards? And also, would the z68 motherboard work with this build? THanks for all your help :) 
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June 20, 2011 3:16:21 AM

fruitinator said:
Okay, I checked out my friends PC and it was pretty damn kickass. It runs black ops and portal 2 and stuff at max graphics but my only problem was the processor- Intel core 2 duo, a little old. Also I want to build my own computer because I handle the parts and put it together myself. I will learn more and it will be interesting to see everything.

The build you suggested is perfect. The motherboard is P67, the i3 build is a z68. z68 is better for overclocking. Does it make THAT much of a difference out of these two motherboards? And also, would the z68 motherboard work with this build? THanks for all your help :) 



For a PC with a C2D + 8800GT, I wouldn't pay any more than $400 no matter what else it packed, sorry.

i3 + Z68 is pointless. Z68 is geared for overclocking, and the i3 cannot be overclocked, making it a pointless addition. Also, an i3 is not powerful enough to push multi-GPU setups, therefore an H61/67 board would suffice.

An Z68 would work well with the K version of the processor. For the non K, stick with the H/P67 boards.
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June 20, 2011 5:47:17 AM

Oh yeah, that all makes sense. So the z68 is pointless without an i5 or i7. If I were to get the z68 instead of p67 then I would want to get the 2500k because it is unlocked. What do you recommend? Is it worth it to pay extra for the z68 mobo and 2500K i5 (if it is more expensive)? I might overclock in the future but 3.3 GHz is plenty for me at the moment and im sure the Radeon HD6870 will kick ass.
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June 20, 2011 6:40:39 AM

2500k is the ideal gaming CPU at the moment in my opinion. It's a great choice. However, it's a bit more expensive (your price is going higher and higher) and it's completely useless if you're not planning to overclock... You may as well stick with the i5 2500+H61/P67.

6870 is a good choice.

Your friend's computer sounds alright, but old. Intel Core 2 Duo was a great CPU, but that was before Quad Core became the norm, and the GPU is hardly pushing the boundaries anymore. Your new build *could* smoke his if you put the parts we've been discussing in there.

-Nih
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June 21, 2011 12:21:14 AM

I have been on Geekstogo.com for awhile and I have been talking with a guy from australia. After showing him the 800 dollar build from here and telling him what I want and my budget, we discussed what is best and he came up with the best possible build that I have seen so far. Here is the link to the forum thread: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/302296-parts-for-a...

Here is the build he suggested-it does not have an OS or monitor in it as I will get those on my own:


NTEL BUILD.

Mobo, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157251

CPU, as you indicated you may overclock later, have upgraded to the 2500K,
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115072

RAM, allowed 4GB, more than enough for gaming, you can add 4 gb later for video or photo tasks,
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231277

HDD, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136319

DVD, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136236

CASE, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129042

GPU. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133326

PSU, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139020
Total cost excluding shipping and tax is $788 (the best ive seen so far!)

This thing has a z68 mobo and an i5 2500k and I will be overclocking :D DD Tell me what you think of this build.
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June 21, 2011 3:26:02 AM

Links don't work again.
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June 23, 2011 7:10:59 PM

Well its the z68 mobo, perfect for overclocking with the 2500k. The second link for the mobo is working for me fine.

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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June 24, 2011 3:27:22 AM

I want to get a different case, the dude on the forum said that I need to make sure that the case I get has 9 standoffs like the case he listed. I have no idea what standoffs are and it says nothing about standoffs in the description on newegg. Here is the case that I would like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Could you tell me what a standoff is and where to find the details about it on newegg. And does the case that I want have 9 standoffs? Because that is the amount of standoffs that I need. Standoffs.
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