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First time builder in need of advice (budget = ~$600)

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October 15, 2011 12:08:30 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: HDD, RAM, disc drives.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter, www.tigerdirect.com, any place with a deal

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: doesn't matter

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x1080

Additional Comments: quiet pc



I'm currently using a HPE 170f specs. I want to build a new PC for gaming, but I'm on a tight budget. Would it save me money to sell this PC and build a new one from scratch or reuse what I can from the HP? If it is smarter to sell it what is an appropriate price to list it as?

The parts I am looking to purchase are:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz - $217.89

Motherboard: P8Z68-V PRO - $194.99

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo Video Card - $169.99

Power Supply: Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W Power Supply - $69.99

Total = $652.86

I'm not so sure about the video card or power supply. What would you guys recommend?
Is it a possibility to buy these parts and swap them in my current HPE 170f until I manage to get more money then I can move all the new parts into a new case and rebuild the HPE 170f and then sell that?
October 15, 2011 12:14:32 AM

psu-don't get the thermaltake, get an antec, seasonic, xfx, or corsair. Also, you don't need more than 500w for this build.
Graphics card-can't really say, cause we don't know your resolution
mobo-get an asrock extreme 3 gen 3, a lot cheaper, and with pci-e 3.0
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October 15, 2011 12:19:57 AM

morgoth780 said:
psu-don't get the thermaltake, get an antec, seasonic, xfx, or corsair. Also, you don't need more than 500w for this build.
Graphics card-can't really say, cause we don't know your resolution
mobo-get an asrock extreme 3 gen 3, a lot cheaper, and with pci-e 3.0



1920x1080is the res. He already stated it in his post
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October 15, 2011 12:37:40 AM

TT toughpower is pretty good.
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October 15, 2011 12:42:18 AM

how many watts do I need in a psu I do want to sli or crossfire eventually.
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October 15, 2011 12:46:09 AM

The PSU you bought is pretty good for crossfiring the 6850
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October 15, 2011 12:50:08 AM

a really strong processor and a weak graphics card do not make a good gaming computer .

Spend less on the cpu and upgrade the graphics to a 6870 as a minimum
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October 15, 2011 1:15:28 AM

well I can spend more now if i change the mobo to what morgoth780 recommended
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October 15, 2011 1:30:43 AM

iseein4d said:
well I can spend more now if i change the mobo to what morgoth780 recommended

sorry, I somehow just skipped over the beginning part of your post. :pfff: 
anyway, it has usb 3.0, like many have now, but it will also support the next-gen graphics cards
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October 15, 2011 1:56:50 AM

iseein4d said:
Thanks for the input so far.
I was thinking of getting the gtx 560 ti, but which brand would be the best?

i'm looking at the
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti

the twin frozr card has really great cooling, so it's a good choice. However, EVGA has great customer service, and if you get a bad card, they'll send you a new one very quickly. i'd take the msi twin frozr card, but it's up to you
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October 15, 2011 8:13:44 AM

So I looked up everything I'm looking to buy. Please let me know if something is conflicting and how is the PSU this item I'm a little worried about.
Also I'd like to know what you guys think about the case, does it have enough room for cable management and such?

Video Card:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 Power Supply

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB

Case: Azza Helios 910 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, Micro-ATX


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October 15, 2011 2:08:56 PM

iseein4d said:
So I looked up everything I'm looking to buy. Please let me know if something is conflicting and how is the PSU this item I'm a little worried about.
Also I'd like to know what you guys think about the case, does it have enough room for cable management and such?

Video Card:
MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 Power Supply

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB

Case: Azza Helios 910 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, Micro-ATX

I would expect there to be enough space, but i'd look into getting a 750w power supply for future sli.
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