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September 18, 2011 6:37:56 AM

Budget: 750-800$
Country: USA
Use: Games, Programming, Productivity, Internet
Purchase Date: ASAP
Purchase Locations: Newegg, Amazon (I have Prime), open to others to get price down (do not forget to include shipping), monitor from us.ncix.com only
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI/Crossfire: Probably not
Comments: First time piecing together entire system, have worked on prebuild ones before so if you see any problems let me know. I want it to be able to drive a 1920x1080 well. Is the i5 2300 worth the 50$ over a AMD PhenomII 955 system? The last desktop I have had was a P-4 so it has been a while (Laptops) so I hope I am in for a treat.

Other things I need input on: monitor, mouse, and keyboard

Processor + Memory - $221
Intel i5 2400 + PNY Optima 8GB (4x2)

Motherboard - $55
ASRock H61M-VS

Videocard - $156
XFX HD 6850

Power Supply - $45
Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt

Case - $40
Xigmatek ASGARD II

HD - $55
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM

Optical - $20
LG CD/DVD Burner

Total - 592$
September 18, 2011 7:00:51 AM

Looks very good actually. Good to go. The i5 2400 is a better overall chip than the 955. I don't know that you'd need it but the i5 2400 is defiantly better.

September 18, 2011 7:15:38 AM

u don't need cooler for 2400
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September 18, 2011 7:20:08 AM

^ He doesn't have a cooler?
September 18, 2011 7:25:34 AM

sorry my eyes r looking at something else ..I think it's all that circus with elephants an clowns
:X
September 18, 2011 7:51:03 AM

is it?
is it? ....
September 18, 2011 8:08:54 AM

madchemist83 said:
is it?
is it? ....

corsair cx 430 rated @30c



rosewill 430 rated @40c




September 18, 2011 8:10:21 AM

I wouldn't say better, more like on par though.

EDIT: I stand corrected.
September 18, 2011 8:42:59 AM

I don't really beleive Rosewill. I've seen a lot of their PSUs burning or bursting.

@ OP
I can suggest you a build. :) 

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
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 : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total : $744 after rebates

Worth the extra money.
September 18, 2011 8:53:30 AM

^ Notice your cost. Then notice that you're about $150 above. Then notice OP doesn't need almost any of that as stated in his filling out of the sticky.

Then also notice this review of the green series.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881
September 18, 2011 8:57:15 AM

^^

OP Wrote : "Budget: 750-800$"
September 18, 2011 11:23:19 AM

008Rohit said:
^^

OP Wrote : "Budget: 750-800$"


would an NZXT gamma case be better than that rosewill? and it costs $35
September 18, 2011 8:29:06 PM

Lol whatever, OP I will tell you you're build is perfectly fine for what you want to do, specially since you don't really plan to overclock and sli/cf. So, your build would be a good build and save money.
September 18, 2011 8:50:45 PM

008Rohit said:
I don't really beleive Rosewill. I've seen a lot of their PSUs burning or bursting.

@ OP
I can suggest you a build. :) 

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
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 : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply : XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total : $744 after rebates

Worth the extra money.


good build definitely worth every extra dollar spent

aznshinobi said:
Lol whatever, OP I will tell you you're build is perfectly fine for what you want to do, specially since you don't really plan to overclock and sli/cf. So, your build would be a good build and save money.


your right the original build is fine but almost every part that Rohit recommended is better then the original build AND its within budget.
September 18, 2011 8:54:46 PM

no it's not OP needs monitor too
Rohit is using cell phone so he can't see some lines
:D 

Best solution

September 18, 2011 8:59:49 PM
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^ Really? Isn't that what you get with more cost?

Also, DOES OP need it? As stated OP doesn't seem to need overclocking. With that said, he doesn't need the 2500K or the Z68 board. Programming especially doesn't really require the transcoding and ssd cache benefit (Even then, SSD caching isn't exactly great). Not only that The i5 2500K and i5 2400 offer similar performance at stock. The 2500K is only good if the user is going to overclock.

Also, note he says AFTER rebates. The PSU is $90 and GPU is $160 before it.
September 18, 2011 9:31:22 PM

didnt see the monitor requirement
September 19, 2011 3:13:41 AM

@ madchemist

he didn't write it.
I'm not really using cell-phone.

@ azn

yeah, buy H61 and you're stuck with it. no ivy bridge upgradibility.
September 20, 2011 7:19:04 AM

Best answer selected by starfall87.
September 20, 2011 10:36:36 PM

Doesn't really matter about upgradability to Ivy. Ivy is not even that great. If OP wanted to upgrade. I would keep the i5 2400 until 2013 when Haswell enters the market.
September 21, 2011 1:11:13 AM

aznshinobi said:
Doesn't really matter about upgradability to Ivy. Ivy is not even that great. If OP wanted to upgrade. I would keep the i5 2400 until 2013 when Haswell enters the market.


how would you know the ivy bridge will not be that great. it will be a die shrink therefor should have a performance advantage so why not future proof yourself even for a little more now for a little more performance done the road. id rather have the option then not have it.
September 21, 2011 1:19:32 AM

Be cause we've seen benchmarks and it's not the performance increase that's worth the extra cost. ($300+) A die shrink isn't the same as a new arch which Haswell will bring. Ivy Bridge is basically a increase cost i7 2600K.
September 21, 2011 3:23:47 AM

i guess we will have to wait and see but i have heard and seen numbers that say 10% better but with i die shrink overclocking should be better so you would have an increase in performance there as welll.

good discussion though
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