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Need help with my build 850$ budget

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: 700-850 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the web




Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter if possible then Newegg



Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments:


Here is what I have so far

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB $319.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0356937

Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB DDR3-1600 $79.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364400

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0 $64.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352167

OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX $89.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301550

Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Biostar TZ68A+RCH $109.99 (With CPU discount its 69.99)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371606

I was wondering if the i7 2600 would be worth it to get over the 2500k? I also need help deciding on the Hard drive. I don't know if Sata 6.0 is worth it over 3.0? I also need help finding a cheap motherboard that is good.(I already found a case that I'm going to get from a friend). Thanks
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  1. If mostly for gaming the 2600K is not worth the extra money. Don't get a 12GB triple channel kit they are designed for LGA1366 systems, a dual channel 2 x 4GB kit is plenty for gaming. Get a Z68 board from Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock or MSI.
  2. The Sata 3 is going to show a benifit when your running an SSD that also has Sata 3
  3. Hows this biostar TZ68A+RCH? I saw it on newegg too and it had good reviews.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371606

    Is there a better PSU for a cheaper or the same price?
  4. I also am looking for a good CPU fan/heatsink. Does anyone have any recommendations for those? Thanks
  5. Wiggles said:
    I also am looking for a good CPU fan/heatsink. Does anyone have any recommendations for those? Thanks

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  6. Ok fixed. Thanks why_me
  7. Wiggles said:
    Hows this biostar TZ68A+RCH? I saw it on newegg too and it had good reviews.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371606

    Is there a better PSU for a cheaper or the same price?


    I would definitely recommend a z68
  8. 12 gb for (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)? far out.
  9. Oops sorry about that. Now it's fixed and I changed it to 8 GB's of ram now.
  10. hey you said with cpu discount...so does that mean microcenter still offers the $40 off any intel compatible mobo?
    i started a thread but no one answered so i figured you can tell me
  11. Wiggles said:
    Oops sorry about that. Now it's fixed and I changed it to 8 GB's of ram now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048 $69.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230 $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
  12. fury0609 said:
    hey you said with cpu discount...so does that mean microcenter still offers the $40 off any intel compatible mobo?
    i started a thread but no one answered so i figured you can tell me


    I'm not sure how it works. All I know is that when I went into my shopping cart it made the motherboard 40$ cheaper.

    @Why_Me Thanks for the PSU recommendation. Is there anyway you can find a good motherboard on microcenter instead because of the 40$ off I get with the I5 CPU? Thanks
  13. Go with the gigabyte z68 ud3h+i5 2500k combo for $280 at microcenter.
  14. mortonww said:
    Go with the gigabyte z68 ud3h+i5 2500k combo for $280 at microcenter.


    What about this ASRock mobo? It's at Microcenter too just posting it from Newegg so you can see the reviews too.

    ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-252&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo
  15. Best answer
    Wiggles said:
    What about this ASRock mobo? It's at Microcenter too just posting it from Newegg so you can see the reviews too.

    ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-252&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

    That Asrock Z68 board hit 4.9gz when Tweak Town reviewed it. It's a good one.
  16. How high could I overclock the I5-2500k with the default fan/heatsink that comes with it? Thanks
  17. Wiggles said:
    How high could I overclock the I5-2500k with the default fan/heatsink that comes with it? Thanks

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 <--- that one. Decent, not expensive and comes with good thermal paste
  18. Why_Me said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 <--- that one. Decent, not expensive and comes with good thermal paste



    Ok Thanks. I also saw 2 corsair vengeance rams that I think are the same, but not sure. The only difference is the Mfr Part#. Maybe Microcenter forget to add that last #? That would be great if someone could help with this too. Thanks

    This one says for model # : CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-144&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    This one says Mfr Part #: CMZ8GX3M2A1600C
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354611
  19. Wiggles said:
    Ok Thanks. I also saw 2 corsair vengeance rams that I think are the same, but not sure. The only difference is the Mfr Part#. Maybe Microcenter forget to add that last #? That would be great if someone could help with this too. Thanks

    This one says for model # : CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-144&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    This one says Mfr Part #: CMZ8GX3M2A1600C
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354611

    Either one will work fine...that set at microcenter is spendy though. Just make sure the RAM is 1.5v as both of those sets are. G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, Crucial...any of those brands will do.
  20. Why_Me said:
    Either one will work fine...that set at microcenter is spendy though. Just make sure the RAM is 1.5v as both of those sets are. G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, Crucial...any of those brands will do.



    So this Crucial memory will work good then? (Ballistix Sport Series 8GB DDR3-1600)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364400
  21. Wiggles said:
    So this Crucial memory will work good then? (Ballistix Sport Series 8GB DDR3-1600)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364400

    Yep, that will work.
  22. Wiggles said:

    Yes it is a good case, some other good cases for example from Cooler Master the HAF series 922 and 932, if you are on a budget this one http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0328082
  23. @rolli59 Im getting it from a friend at a discounted rate. Thanks for all your help guys
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