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July 19, 2011 1:29:56 PM

Hello everyone,

Im new with this website but I find it very helpful so far.... :D 

All I need is:
MOBO - RAM - CPU - GPU - PSU (no case or anything else) for $1500 or less

This is what I've been told and suggested for powerful gaming build:

i5 2500k
(2x) HD 6950 2GB DDR5 (tons of models with this description)
8GB DDR3 1600 (tons of models with this description)
750W PSU
(mobo ???)

But I have no idea which model or brand to pic in GPU RAM PSU and MOBO... all I know is the i5.

Forgive my ignorance, I know you get this questions all the time


Thank you in advance !!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2011 2:10:59 PM

Mobo - I'd get a good Z68 board like one of Gigabyte's or Asus'. Just take a look and compare the number of PCI Express slots, etc. Looks can play a factor in parts selection as well.

RAM - G.Skill is one of the cheaper kits and performs very well. A kit with a latency of 9 and speeds at 1600MHz are pretty standard for gaming builds. Unless you plan on OCing the RAM (doesn't make a huge difference), I'd stick with that instead of spending more for lower latencies and higher speeds.

PSU/GPU - I'd recommend getting an 850W PSU (Corsair HX850, Seasonic, XFX) and swapping the 2x 6950s to a 6970. That way you'll have the room to upgrade to a second 6970 down the road instead of maxing out at 2x6950s. If you get the right board, you should be able to 3-way crossfire 6950s/6970s (I believe)

What case are you putting this in, and what resolution are you gaming at?
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July 19, 2011 3:21:29 PM
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July 19, 2011 3:32:29 PM

boiler1990 said:
Mobo - I'd get a good Z68 board like one of Gigabyte's or Asus'. Just take a look and compare the number of PCI Express slots, etc. Looks can play a factor in parts selection as well.

RAM - G.Skill is one of the cheaper kits and performs very well. A kit with a latency of 9 and speeds at 1600MHz are pretty standard for gaming builds. Unless you plan on OCing the RAM (doesn't make a huge difference), I'd stick with that instead of spending more for lower latencies and higher speeds.

PSU/GPU - I'd recommend getting an 850W PSU (Corsair HX850, Seasonic, XFX) and swapping the 2x 6950s to a 6970. That way you'll have the room to upgrade to a second 6970 down the road instead of maxing out at 2x6950s. If you get the right board, you should be able to 3-way crossfire 6950s/6970s (I believe)

What case are you putting this in, and what resolution are you gaming at?


Hi !,

thanks for your fast response... really appreciate it

I do not have the case yet... I wanted to get it after I have everything ready (to make sure it fits)

Per your suggestions I should go for

Processor: i5 2500K ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: HD 6970 ($350)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair HX850 ($173)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($75)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is $1008

Do you see anything I can improve ??? I could go up $350-$500 more for better performance
but if you think I should stick with this for a while Ill do it :D 

I want it to support anything I throw at it (crysis 2, Dirt 3, Battlefield 3 when comes out)

Thanks for responding all my noob questions :D 




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July 19, 2011 3:56:54 PM

Hi,

Thanks to the posting format you recommended :) 


Approximate Purchase: Date: September

Budget Range: $1500 without rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strong Gaming (Crysis 2, Dirt 3, Battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, sound card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: Peru (my brother will bring everything for me)

Parts Preferences: Intel - Corsair - ATI - Gigabyte/Asus

Overclocking: I would if know how to

SLI or Crossfire: Yes if my budget allow it

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (51'' HDTV or 3 monitor... please recomend)

Additional Comments: The best performance I can get for the price


Thanks in advance !!!!
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July 19, 2011 5:30:08 PM

Shjnta said:
Hi !,

thanks for your fast response... really appreciate it

I do not have the case yet... I wanted to get it after I have everything ready (to make sure it fits)

Per your suggestions I should go for

Processor: i5 2500K ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: HD 6970 ($350)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair HX850 ($173)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($75)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is $1008

Do you see anything I can improve ??? I could go up $350-$500 more for better performance
but if you think I should stick with this for a while Ill do it :D 

I want it to support anything I throw at it (crysis 2, Dirt 3, Battlefield 3 when comes out)

Thanks for responding all my noob questions :D 


the hx is overpriced compared to the psu i posted since it is gold rated.

you might want 2 6970's
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July 20, 2011 5:10:49 AM

Hi

You are right the hx looks overpriced, I will go fo the one you posted :) 

Also I have my last 2 questions:

1. For now im planning to use single monitor (actually is a 51" HD TV) so do you think
I still should go for 2x HD 6970 ?? Or just one... I do have the money doe, if you think its worth it Ill get 2 of them :) 

2. (RAM) Is 2x 4Gb better than 4x 2Gb ???
Please advice so i can make the right choise

Thank you again fo all your help
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July 20, 2011 5:21:56 AM

one will be just fine

stick with 2 4gb sticks
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a b 4 Gaming
July 20, 2011 11:20:32 AM

If you go with your HDTV, get a GTX 580 (best card for 1920x1080); if you go multiple monitors, get 2x6970s.

You want 2 sticks of 4GB RAM (2x4GB); if you get 4x2GB, you'll be spending the same amount of $$ but killing any drop-in upgrades (i.e. if you want to add another 2x2 or 2x4 kit later on). They're the same price usually, so why not get the one that takes less space? ;) 
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July 20, 2011 1:47:04 PM

heres how id do it, just so you can get a variety of opinions. i think the previous suggestions are great, but i think a dual 560ti system is a better value right now.

i also think that the z68x-ud3+ram combo is a superior value to other options, especially for someone who isnt a hardcore overclocker. From what i understand, the only difference between the z68xp-ud3 and the z68x-ud3 is virtu/quick sync, which the OP wont be making use of. The z68x-ud4 and z68x-ud3p (the names are quite confusing) have a more sophisticated voltage regulator, and some additional connectivity options, but i dont think those provide a significant advantage for this user.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
grand total = $973
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a b 4 Gaming
July 20, 2011 2:40:29 PM

The OP will still be able to SLI 580s, whereas he'd be unable to drop in another card with 2x560Tis. Just something to think about.

The boards aren't that different from each other; if they all meet the OP's needs, go for the cheapest :) 
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July 28, 2011 12:58:19 PM

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