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Need advice on First build budget ~700

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July 13, 2011 7:31:20 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks, a month and a half at most.


Budget Range: ~700 preferably as close to 700 as possible


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, School, Other (eg. Media)


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tigerdirect ( those are main ones I know)


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None really, probably sticking to Intel for processor (Sandy bridged and heard its better than AMD) and either Radeon or Nvidia graphics cards.


Overclocking: Maybe, in the future if needed


SLI or Crossfire: Nahh


Monitor Resolution: Probably 1600x1200


Additional Comments: No need for OS


Current Plan

Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (comes with fans)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
Ripjaws X Series 4GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Antec EarthWatts 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm kind of a hypocrite because I also mentioned tigerdirect.com however the reason I used newegg.com is due to the fact that all of the products above come together in a combo for $509.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My online remaining deal is the Video Card which I'm having the most issues with.

I'm thinking that the Nvidia GTX 560 or the Radeon 6850 HD are my best options priced at...

Radeon 6850 HD ( so many manufactured by different people, it confuses me!)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 560
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?px=FO&scriteri...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I would prefer an Nvidia card to the Radeon because the Nvidia cards have the physx and cuda

So yeah if you could let me know what you think or share any better suggestions it would be much appreciated :) 

July 13, 2011 7:47:14 AM

^ That is a good combo, As for the GPU, if you want PhysX and CUDA much, then get the GTX 560,... It is pretty good and is the league of the HD 6870,...
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July 13, 2011 10:11:18 AM

if you can, bump up to the GTX 560ti it will blow away the 6870 and beat the 6950, but if you can't bump up go with a 5850 or GTX 560, 5850 is better than a 6850 and should be cheaper, problem is there going fast, i think only powercolour make them now...
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July 13, 2011 6:49:07 PM

A 560ti is not going to beat a 6950 and I would probably go with the 6870 you can get it for around 200$ that would be best performance for budget.
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July 13, 2011 10:02:23 PM

As far as the combo goes...

I feel like it's an excellent deal. However would I bet better off changing a couple of items and buying it all separately or should I stick to it?
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July 13, 2011 10:09:35 PM

no HSF to cool that overclocking beast?
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July 13, 2011 10:23:21 PM

Keep that combo. The case is pretty big, and when you buy a aftermarket heatsink, it will fit fine.
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July 13, 2011 10:44:03 PM

Alright so keeping the combo it is.

However will I need a heatsink right away? Are the 3 included fans not enough to keep the components cool?
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July 14, 2011 7:54:25 PM

The case fans push a good bit of air. The stock heatsink is good if you don't plan on overclocking just yet, but if you decide to buy a aftermarket heatsink and fan, use the stock fan as another case fan. You can put it up under your hard drive. Might sound a bit stupid, but a HDD can get pretty damn hot, so you need that extra bit of air.
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July 15, 2011 12:41:01 AM

^ Can you show a picture of that, I have a stock hsf in the back.
Would be an interesting thing to do.
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July 15, 2011 1:33:16 AM

Would if I was home. I might be able to help from here. What case do you have, and is it toolless, and what size is the fan?
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July 15, 2011 11:50:12 AM

I have the 2500k stock fan, and the haf 932.

I believe it is either 120mm, or 140mm.
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July 15, 2011 9:45:35 PM

I don't think that a 140mm will work, but I took an old harddrive cover and cut a circle into it. Then I drilled holes into the sides of the hdd case and the slid the fan in and drilled holes in the same place. Then I screwed them together and hooked the fan to my fan controller. Genius, or what?
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