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Need Advice on $600-$700 Gaming/Utility Build

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September 5, 2011 6:00:46 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-700) After Rebates, going over is ok

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming HD movies out, multitasking, world wide web

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, amazon.com, there is a compusa (tigerdirect) store down the street

Country of Origin: Hell yeah Amurica

Parts Preferences: Would like to use intel processor, would like to add soundcard

Overclocking: Yes, depending on how it affects budget

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x2)

Additional Comments: First off I love this forum almost as much as bjs in my truck bed and cold beer, yall are helpful as ***, but now that I am actually ready to drop some money into a rig my head is spinning! I must have added and dropped hundreds of products in my cart already.

Currently I use a 17.3 inch laptop as a desktop stand-in that I output to an I-Inc 22" 1080p monitor I got for a hundred bucks, going to purchase another as well. The laptop is an Acer i3-350M that I bought a year ago, I am going to sell it to help recoup some of the money spent on the rig, and will downsize with a more portable option in the future. It hasn't failed me but I can't play any of the games Id like to play without a dedicated graphics unit. I also have a $100 amazon credit to help. Thanks guys.

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September 5, 2011 6:02:49 AM

Is that $100 on top of the 600-700 or included?
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September 5, 2011 6:05:47 AM

Lets put it on top
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September 5, 2011 6:26:28 AM

Alright then my friend I have something for you :D  Its a little over 800 pretax but its solid and very future proof.


Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: PNY VCGGTX560TXPB GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 $60

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: stock heatsink will be fine

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $21

Total: ~$816 pre tax/shipping


Now you can save $35 and go with RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 5, 2011 6:27:45 AM

P.S: you can buy almost any of those parts on amazon so ill let you decide which youd like to buy.

If this is a bit to pricey let me know ill help you cut the cost down more.
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September 5, 2011 6:32:59 AM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2400 - 3.1Ghz - Quad Core - $185
Motherboard : ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 - $80
Graphics Card : HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $165
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45 Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Antec Neo Eco 620W - $49.99 (after mail-in rebates) / or Corsair CX500
Case : Your Choice - $50

Total : $610 after rebates
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September 5, 2011 6:41:59 AM

008Rohit said:
Processor : Intel Core i5 2400 - 3.1Ghz - Quad Core - $185
Motherboard : ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 - $80
Graphics Card : HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $165
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45 Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Antec Neo Eco 620W - $49.99 (after mail-in rebates) / or Corsair CX500
Case : Your Choice - $50

Total : $610 after rebates


Not a bad build but not as future proof and 008Rabit you should change your barracuda for your build to a Samsung Spinpoint f3. f3 is Same price and better performance
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September 5, 2011 6:46:53 AM
September 5, 2011 6:49:21 AM

I have no reservations about price, however cutting cost is always appealing. I see a few MIRs in there which is good. Maybe a reduction in processor? To later upgrade to ivy?
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September 5, 2011 6:52:40 AM

cgleckman said:
Not a bad build but not as future proof and 008Rabit you should change your barracuda for your build to a Samsung Spinpoint f3. f3 is Same price and better performance



That's actually incorrect. The Seagate is just as good.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/seagate_barrac...
Although this is the SATA II counterpart, the Seagate 1TB mentioned in Rohit's post uses the same 500GB platter which would be the same as the Samsung F3 1TB. If anything, they perform the same. The F3 would not perform better just the same.
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September 5, 2011 6:54:41 AM

Adricjon, Ivy Bridge is a waste I will tell you now. Ivy is not a new arch. It is SB with a die shrink. With that said, don't expect a crazy performance increase from SB. The 2500K would be sufficient and is a better deal especially with the lower TDP. Since the Ivy chips are expected to have a 130w TDP.
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