Looking for Advice on $850 System Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: October 11, 2011 5:32 AM in Systems Share stupidgenius October 10, 2011 11:55:00 PM Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 2 weeks Budget Range: $850 After Rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Internet, gaming, watching movies Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've been looking at Newegg.com, but no preference overall. Country of Origin: United States Parts Preferences: Intel i5 2500K Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Preferably not Monitor Resolution: At least 1440x900 Additional Comments: Price is a relatively large factor compared to performance ___________________ So far, this is what I've picked out. Motherboard: $104.99 MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard CPU: $219.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz GPU: $244.99 after rebates http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945 - I heard that Radeon 6950 could be reflashed with 6970 firmware PSU: $44.99 after rebates OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply RAM: $41.99 G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) HD: $59.99 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - I currently have a 1TB external HD, but I haven't had problems with space on my previous hard drive. Case: $59.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower CPU Cooler: $25.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler OS: $64.95 Windows 7 Current Total Cost: $867.87 More about : advice 850 system striker410 October 11, 2011 12:14:25 AM Hi there! Welcome to the forums. Good build! I'd like to point out a few things though. -Mobo doesn't have second PCI-E slot, meaning no upgrades to dual cards. -Yes the 6950 USED to be flashable, but all those models have been taken off the market. You're better off buying a 1GB version if you play at 1440x900. You won't be using the 2GB Vram. -PSU isn't name brand. Not saying it's not capable, but you might look into other options. -HDD is a no no! Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB all the way. -That windows 7 copy is an upgrade version. You have to have an older version of Windows installed, or it won't work. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... And that's it! a pretty good system for $900, IMO. Cheers! m 0 l stupidgenius October 11, 2011 1:00:39 AM striker410 said:Hi there! Welcome to the forums. Good build! I'd like to point out a few things though. -Mobo doesn't have second PCI-E slot, meaning no upgrades to dual cards. -Yes the 6950 USED to be flashable, but all those models have been taken off the market. You're better off buying a 1GB version if you play at 1440x900. You won't be using the 2GB Vram. -PSU isn't name brand. Not saying it's not capable, but you might look into other options. -HDD is a no no! Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB all the way. -That windows 7 copy is an upgrade version. You have to have an older version of Windows installed, or it won't work. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... And that's it! a pretty good system for $900, IMO. Cheers! Thanks for your advice! I'm new to computer building, and I'm not sure what to look for in a PSU. I just used a calculator and found out that the recommended wattage should be around 395W. After some searching, I found the following component. CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Would this be a good replacement? m 0 l Related resources Advice on 850$ System - Forum looking at a barebones system need advice - Forum 850$ CAD Build--looking for advice - Forum Looking some advice on upgrading my system. - Forum Water Cooling System + Eyefinity New Build - Looking for advice - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer zhihao50 October 11, 2011 1:20:34 AM maybe something more powerful to serve the i5-2500k and 6950 assuming you are going to overclock since you got the unlocked version. maybe something like this CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l striker410 October 11, 2011 2:58:20 AM the CX500 or 600 are both good choices. This would be my pick. Antec Neo Eco 620w PSU at $55, it's a great deal. But when you factor in the $20 rebate, the deal gets even sweeter! It's a shell shocker deal, so buy it while you can =p m 0 l dalauder October 11, 2011 3:26:53 AM Bulldozer launches on Oct. 12th. Wait 1 week for prices to drop before you build. Then come back to this thread or start a new one after prices have changed. m 0 l dalauder October 11, 2011 5:32:30 AM The Antec EA650 is only $40 too. If you want to SLI down the line, you might want that one. (I bought that Neo Eco for $30 AR a month ago). 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