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August 13, 2011 2:17:11 PM

Basically i'm trying to put together a gaming pc that can run games like crysis 2 and future games to come REALLY well. If anyone has any suggestions on different parts, i don't want to change the Graphics card

Approximate Purchase Date: (In a week or two)

Budget Range: ($550) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, overall fast performance)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com)

Country of Origin: (USA)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Here are the parts i've currently put together, I might get the i7 mobo/processor combo for $200 from a buddy but if that doesn't go through i'm not sure which motherboard processor combo to go with though.

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August 13, 2011 2:29:29 PM

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August 13, 2011 6:07:23 PM

first post is edited
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August 13, 2011 6:31:21 PM

Err you're supposed to select a resolution, not list all of them. What's your monitors resolution?
http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com/

As for builds check out my $550 build in mah siggy. Those are few changes I'd make. Course the 6850 can stay. The 550 Ti is just for budgeting purposes.

As for the CPU combo from your friend. Which i7 and which motherboard?
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August 13, 2011 7:03:54 PM

im buying a new monitor so I'm not quite sure what resolution it will be yet. and as for the Power supply, what would be a good one to use if i end up getting the i7 combo? (i'll be getting the names of the i7 and mobo shortly) just read the horrible reviews on the PSU i had down, so thats gone
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August 13, 2011 9:39:35 PM

sry for double post but i need to know the answer to this, will I have to have a heatsink or any extra parts? or is what's on the list everything?
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August 13, 2011 10:08:28 PM

the processor should come with a stock heatsink, which will be fine unless you want to overclock. you can always install a heatsink later. also note that the case you have selected will only fit a micro atx, and not a full atx sized mobo. i think you should wait and see if you can get that cpu+mobo from your friend, and take it from there.
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August 13, 2011 10:24:41 PM

genghiskron said:
the processor should come with a stock heatsink, which will be fine unless you want to overclock. you can always install a heatsink later. also note that the case you have selected will only fit a micro atx, and not a full atx sized mobo. i think you should wait and see if you can get that cpu+mobo from your friend, and take it from there.



Yea I've actually just picked out a new case that can fit everything. The only thing I have to check is if the i7 combo has a networking card and sound card on it already. But are all my parts compatible with i7
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August 14, 2011 7:36:14 PM

i can't really go higher on price for the PSU without going down a notch on my Video card which i really don't want to do. But i will be getting the names of the i7 combo soon i am speaking with my buddy today. But i have an updated build. The Phenom II X4 is just there if i don't get i7



I already have the disk drive BTW
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August 15, 2011 2:56:33 PM

Ok, I did take a look at that PSU, but I think i have found a better combo. This is my final build. Its $500 flat before rebates so i'm really happy with what i was able to put together. Turns out the i7 is a no go, so i'm going to use i3 instead so in the future i can upgrade to i7. take a look at my cart.



So will this build be able to run Crysis 2 well (40-60 FPS) on max settings on let's say 1440x900?
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August 15, 2011 3:07:09 PM

Probably. I don't agree with the power supply still Especially not one that comes with a case. But it's up to you.
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August 15, 2011 3:35:38 PM

Well if the power supply isn't effective enough i have a computer store nearby i could always pick one up if i need it
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August 15, 2011 6:46:47 PM

Isn't that just wasted money then? I just recommended one for $35, I don't see the issue if you get the Beta which is $40. It would end up around the same. Just $15 more for the assurance.
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August 15, 2011 7:39:02 PM

stevan6 said:
Yea I've actually just picked out a new case that can fit everything. The only thing I have to check is if the i7 combo has a networking card and sound card on it already. But are all my parts compatible with i7


Yes they are.. make sure the i7 is LGA 1155!!!

if you can't get that then: go for a intel i3-2100+asus mobo....

btw none come with a network card, you can buy a good one for $25 tho
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August 15, 2011 11:16:12 PM

yea i'm going to a tigerdirect near me tmw to pick up the DVD burner and a network card most likely (might just stick with my router). and aznshinobi, i don't think 400w wold be enough.
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August 16, 2011 4:01:01 AM

Are you serious?
Your Rosewill is probably a 250w slapped with a 500w tag. The 400w Xig is 80+ Bronze guaranteed and actually has solid reviews. Plus Tom's used it to power THEIR $500 build.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....
They used a 380w and still got away with it. I would highly doubt you'd get away with that rosewill.
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August 16, 2011 5:39:33 AM

yea but doesn't 400 seem a little low to power and i3 and a radeon HD 6850? i'm seriously asking because i thought i would need at least 500w
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August 16, 2011 1:28:25 PM

-_- Stevan, if you honestly doubting it, then just go with that rosewill. That Rosewill probably is only good enough for 250w, less than the Xigmatek.

I already gave you sources, but if you don't believe it or refuse to. Be my guest.
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August 16, 2011 7:07:44 PM

Im not doubting don't get me wrong, I just want to be sure about everything. I want to get this right the first time. If you believe 400 is enough I think you would know more then me on the subject so I suppose it's enough
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August 17, 2011 4:00:50 AM

Sorry if that was a bit harsh, but yes it would be enough. The only time it wouldn't be if is if the power supply was DOA.
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August 17, 2011 4:14:43 AM

no worries. But anyways, i started a new thread because i found what i think is a great deal on a barebones kit. again ppl are saying the PSU sucks, but i had a personal reccomendation so im sticking with it. this one has i5 instead of i3. check it out.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/318483-31-gaming-buil...
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August 17, 2011 2:18:23 PM

Do what you want man, but on that PSU, might be ok for a basic rig, ut if you are trying to run a decent video card and i5, I would not run that power supply. I do a lot of shopping at Microcenter, and even the salesmen recommend against Diablotek power supplies. One guy even told me he'd run an Inland Power supply(Microcenter's house brand) before he would use a Diablotek.

Again, do what you like, but I will tell you, if a power supply goes out, especially cheap ones, sometimes they can take out other parts, like your board and chip, and or video card. Do what you want, but personally, I would go with Cooler Master, Corsair, Antec, etc.

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