$600-700 Gamer build:Too much CPU and not enough GPU?

Before I get started by apologizing for any ineptness on my end. I haven’t done any building for several years and I have only recently gotten back into reading up on parts.


Approximate Purchase Date: Approximately By the end of the month


Budget Range: Originally 600-700 the lower the better but I am somewhat flexible in going higher


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming videos, surfing


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, case, memory, power supply, hard drive (will post parts)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, I have mainly been using newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1360x768 (At this point, I’d rather spend money on hardware and get a monitor later so I will be using my 19” Samsung hdtv as a monitor until I decided to upgrade later)


Additional Comments: None

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At this point in time I am waiting on bulldozer to come out to see how it will do. If it does well, I will do an AMD build, if not it’s the 2500k. For the sake of argument, I will just put the 2500k on here.

I had originally planned on using an HD 6870 on my build but it would seem that my performance on games would be greatly hindered by the slower GPU (duh). For this reason I am willing to up my budget to get a 6950 or 560TI or readjust the build to accommodate a cheaper cpu to bring in the higher end gpu but I would really like to have a beefy processor. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Already Purchased:

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Case: Rosewill Blackbone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023


Originally Planned Parts:

CPU and Mother Board: Intel I5 2500k and MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.738259

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 +
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

DVD drive: LG DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
This is also currently on sale, after rebate, for $150, which is one of the reasons it caught my eye.

Total cost of build: $686 after rebates and discounts


Thank you in advance!
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  1. The 6870 is more than enough for 720p, don't worry.
  2. Yes, but I will be upgrading some time in the near future, just not this month and likely not the next (probably December or January).
  3. Maybe go for 6870 CF when you upgrade :)
  4. thats a pretty good build actually. the 6870 will handle just about anything at 1920x1080
  5. I would personally rather a 560 ti. It can overclock massively with a custom cooler (twin frozr III for example), which can result in higher performance than a 6950
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