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Zombie PC Upgrade - $500-600, Mobo, Memory, CPU, Video Card

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October 22, 2011 11:05:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or around here.

Budget Range: ~500-600 pre-rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.


Parts Not Required: Case (Have a Full-Size Armor Case already.), Power supply (I forget brand but its ~700w gaming power supply I bought a little while ago.), I'm going to reuse harddrives/DVD drive and I have a cheap old sound card that surprisingly still works well (Some type of Creative card.) Clearly already have mouse/keyboard.

I really only need the big 4, Mobo, CPU, Memory, Video Card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer newegg but the taxes hurt. So Tigerdirect/Amazon are probably better for me.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:
CPU- i5 2500k - Tigerdirect has a deal going for $200.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card - HD 6870 - Amazon has a deal going for 169.99 + $20 mail in rebate.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C31F2M/ref=ox_sc_a...

MoBo - GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard - Decent Reviews on Newegg, on sale, has what I mostly need (NO USB 3.0 but I don't think that is going to hurt me much. Only 2 sata drives. Only supports Crossfire (Which is okay, given I'd go with HD 6870)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

Good memory, I've always used Corsair and never had a problem and will not use anything else. I got it at Newegg because it has free shipping, and the taxes are less than 4 bucks, which is less than shipping at other sites. Comes around around the same price and I prefer newegg anyway.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've got this all around 500 bucks right now, with the rebates. I'm probably only going to keep 4gb of the 8 gb and give 4 to a friend. I don't really think 8gb is necessary for a gaming rig, any thoughts on that?


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 +

Additional Comments: I really need the most advice on the 4 big pieces and where my bottlenecks will be. My 8800gts just went out and I've had it for 3-4 years, so it's time to upgrade some things.

I was going to go with a more expensive mobo but decided it probably won't be the bottleneck, and I'm not an avid OC'er. As long as I can go Crossfire in the future, I was happy. And as long as everything works together. IE CPU Fits the 1155 slot, and the card fits in the PCI-E slots, etc. I'm pretty sure it all fits together.

Any advice, let me know. I looked at the Geforce 560 ti and for a 10-15% performance gain I have to pay 100+ extra. That's a tough sell for me. Any arguments on if that would be worth it?

October 22, 2011 11:58:57 PM

Overall, nice choice of parts. A GTX 560 Ti is a nice buy, but a 6870 is still enough for most people. A 10 to 15% boost in performance for $100 is not worth it IMO, especially if it has only 1GB of VRAM (games aren't getting less demanding).
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October 23, 2011 1:32:01 AM

here is a slightly better build as it does include all the parts which you wait just better versions. not saying what you did was wrong jsut you could have gotten slightly better with a few part changes.

CPU- i5 2500k - is currently $219.99 at tigerdirect, newegg, and amazon.com so i am posting the links to all 3 letting you pick which has the least shipping and tax in your area
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&Sku=I69-2500K

Video Card- XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - as it is basicly the same as what you picked just as 2GB of RAM instead of just 1GB of RAM and that will make a differnce in the near future as the graphics RAM is NOT added to when you go to useing crossfire / crossfireX / whatever it is named now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563

Motherboard- MSI Z68A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - it has those USB 3.0 ports which you mentioned and it will not get in the way of you using crossfire for at most 2 cards as the others were to expensive to get and stay within the budget. It has a decent capacity for OCing to if you are into that now and/or in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130614

Memory / RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8 - SAME EXACT THING as what you said just black and costs less with better timings. 8-8-8-24 instead of 9-9-9-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145348

The Video card and do the resolution which you want and go higher, your bottlenecks will be probably your SATA drives as everything else is faster also crossfire will only be able to work on crossfire x 2 as the motherboard only has 2 PCI-express gen 2.0 x16 slots. The cost rounded up to the nearest dollar amount is $593 w/o shipping and handling and without tax. higher price for parts which will last longer and preform better sorry.
The breakdown of the cost is
Mother board $114.99
Memory $47.99
Video Card $209.99
CPU $219.27
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$592.24 before shipping/handling and tax

PS there is an Internet tax?
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October 23, 2011 1:50:23 AM

yumri said:


Memory / RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C8 - SAME EXACT THING as what you said just black and costs less with better timings. 8-8-8-24 instead of 9-9-9-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145348


How is 4 gigs of Corsair Vengeance the exact same thing as 8 gigs of Corsair Vengeance?
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October 23, 2011 3:46:59 AM

Yumri- Thanks for the advice.

Just so others who read this know Tiger direct has a checkout deal going on the i5-2500k with the code XHY46798 that knocks $20 off. (Ends 10/23/11 I believe.)

As for video ram, I've looked at the different reviews and benchmarks and the 2gb 6870 and 1 gb6870 perform almost identical to each other. I only saw a difference at resolutions much greater then 1080p. (I guess they call them eyefinity or something?) Anyway, what is the benefit of a 2gb card over the 1gb card, speed wise? Will games in the future begin to take advantage of the extra vram in a way current gen games dont?

And as far as "internet tax" goes, if the company warehouses in the state you place your order, they typically charge you that states taxs. Taxes in TN (One state where newegg ships from) is around 9.25%. Hefty sales tax.

Any other input would be great, thanks.
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October 23, 2011 6:35:01 AM

Usually, if you want to run games on a 1080p resolution, 1gb of vram would be enough. If ur going higher than that then i would reccommend getting a card with higher vram.
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November 2, 2011 2:35:28 AM

Best answer selected by Hektik22.
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November 2, 2011 2:40:32 AM

Went with:
Parts Preferences:

CPU- i5 2500k - Tigerdirect has a deal going for $200.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] u=I69-0003

Video Card - HD 6870 - Amazon has a deal going for 169.99 + $20 mail in rebate.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

MoBo - BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233180

It all went together nicely, the board is a bit smaller than my old board, so had to move around a few standoffs.

Only complaint about the mobo: there are limited standoffs by the ram which makes for a dicey seating of ram... (At least I felt uncomfortable...) but it all worked out.

Runs very fast with no OC'ing and unbelievably better than my old system.

Needs: SSD.

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