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Advice for imminent build, i5 2500k Z68 or i3 2100 H67

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September 3, 2011 12:47:43 PM

I just moved to China to study for a couple years, and I want a PC to game on in my downtime.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week


Budget Range: Prices are much higher in china, but current build is priced at 1370 USD (inlcuding monitor and case)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gamin, internet


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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It will be easiest to shop locally

Country of Origin: Buying in China, from USA


Parts Preferences: intel build

Overclocking: Not now, but maybe in a couple years when the specs are looking a little stale


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I want to be able to play Skyrim, The Witcher 2, and other modern games at as high of settings as possible



My current build looks like this:

Asus P8Z68 V-Pro
Zotac GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Intel i5 2500K
8GB 1600 Mhz DDR3
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Antec 750W EA-750


My question: Is the z68 and i5 2500k worth the extra few hundred dollars (parts cost more to buy in china) or should i save the money and go with an i3-2100 and an H67 motherboard like the ASUS P8H67-M Pro? For either setup, I think I would still go with the GTX 560 Ti. I have an X58, i7 920 rig at home in the U.S., but I could not bring it with me here.

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September 3, 2011 12:58:36 PM

go to Taiwan for a the weekend , and if thats not politically acceptable then have a holiday in Singapore and take an empty suit case
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September 3, 2011 1:01:42 PM

I am in Chengdu, so pretty far inland. A trip to Taiwan or Singapore would not be worth the money/trouble compared to the few hundred difference in price i think.

Thank you for the idea though!
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September 3, 2011 1:03:56 PM

Get the i3 2100 build since you already have a powerful PC at home.
You'll see only a slight FPS loss in highly multithreaded games like BF3 or Crysis 2. (5-7FPS)
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September 10, 2011 12:10:35 AM

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