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Gaming with a budget - Need Help

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September 13, 2011 5:26:18 PM

Before we even start, I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to help me out and reading this.

I've recently got the old itch to build a new computer. I built my last one a little over 4 years ago and it is starting to get dated and drag(even after sticking 4 more gigs of ram in). Moving into a new home and attempting to get engaged has made me limit my spending on this build.

I do work from home sometimes but I mostly game (LoL, BF3 when it comes out, BF2,..)

My goal with this build is to get another 4 years out of a system without going TOP of the line. (Hopefully I can kick the gaming habit by then) So far I am just getting ideas and my cart looks like the following:

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR X2 $140

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $209.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $314.99

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power ... CASE & PSU $274.98

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820233193 $134.99

Now here's my BIG delemia. As you can tell I have no video card and I'm already around the $1,000-$1,100 price range.

I'm sure I can shake some $'s off by going with a cheaper case. I will also be headed to a local microcenter and getting a OEM HD for $50 bucks.

Can anyone analyze the build and tell me what I can replace for maybe less expensive items, or where my bottle necks will be. I really do not want to be over the $1350 range for this build but I know with all the new stuff coming out with teselation and DX11 I'm not sure which card will get me the most bang for the buck and what to drop off.

Thank you for any help in advance

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September 14, 2011 7:47:50 AM

If your on a budget and this build is primarily for gaming, you could save yourself a bundle getting the i5-2500k over the i7-2600k. They perform the same for gaming, other than 2-3 fps (which doesn't warrant the extra cost). If you do lots of video editing/rendering/encoding, then stick with the i7-2600k as the Hyper Threading really works its magic there. Comparison here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287

There's plenty of much cheaper cases that will house the type of build your looking at. CoolerMaster's HAF series covers a wide range of prices from the HAF912, 922, 932 and HAFX. They also do a series called STORM which include the SCOUT, ENFORCER and SNIPER. All good cases worth checking out.

Here's a slightly cheaper motherboard than the one you listed as well, which offers the same features.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The RAM you listed is also very over priced. 1600MHz CL9 1.5v RAM would be best value for money.
G.SKILL Ripjaws $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics cards:
6870
6950
GTX 560Ti
GTX 570
6970

All good cards, so depends on your budget as to which you decide to buy. 850w PSU is enough to run any of them in SLI/Crossfire.

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