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Cheapest and most reliable 2500k gaming build

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November 3, 2011 7:43:23 PM

Hello, The items I have are:
keyboard
mouse
monitor
case can get another if I have to
case fan
disc drive dvd burner
hard drive 1 tb

I hope the lack of needing these items will help me in price.
The most important items to me are:

gfx card able to run modern games on high
2500k cpu
and the ability to make at least minimal use of ocing

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November 3, 2011 8:24:09 PM

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 $125
CPU: i5 2500k $220
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low profile 8Gb 1600 Mhz $50
GPU: AMD 6870 $180

For reference this setup should give around 40 fps in BF3 at 1080p high settings (Not ultra).

The motherboard lacks a few little features compared to most $175 boards, but is excellent quality for the price.

If you want better performance then upgrading to a GTX 560 ti ($230) or a 6950 ($260) and overclocking would be a very good choice.
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November 3, 2011 9:23:26 PM

thank you very much for the reply so quickly. Do you think that build would also sustain skyrim?
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November 4, 2011 1:14:15 AM

xeavor said:
thank you very much for the reply so quickly. Do you think that build would also sustain skyrim?


There is no definite way to know, but it is very likely that Skyrim will not be as graphically demanding as BF3. It only uses DX9 for starters, and the textures and shadows are not as high res (I may be wrong). A 6870 should be able to max it without problems.

Again, there is no way to be 100% sure until the game comes out next week.
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November 4, 2011 1:39:47 AM

you can get the i5 2500k from NCIX for 189.99

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...
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November 4, 2011 5:06:22 PM

that's great, do they ship electronics packaged well?
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November 4, 2011 8:42:03 PM

ares640 said:

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low profile 8Gb 1600 Mhz $50.


Keep in mind that you will need windows 64 bit to use out of more than 4 gb of ram. If you're using windows 32 bit you should stick to 4 gb and save a few bucks
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November 4, 2011 8:57:42 PM

I have my current system dual booted with xp and 7, so I hope to keep it that way. I suppose 4gb would be enough though. Can always upgrade later.
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November 5, 2011 2:06:45 AM

xeavor said:
that's great, do they ship electronics packaged well?


Yes, I just purchased the I5 from them it came in a very small box, the processor boxed was wrapped in large bubble wrap. There was no movement allowed within the packaging. I also purchased an dvd drive, and an a70 cpu cooler. All arrived intact and were packaged properly.

gmkos said:
Also available from microcenter for 179.99:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


If you live next to a micro center that could also be good (don't know if you have to pay taxes though, if you do assuming a 7% sales tax you end up spending the same amount. The cpu from microcenter is in store pick up only.

Micro centers is employing a little bit of marketing (loss leader).
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November 6, 2011 1:16:32 AM

Newegg is having promos everyday all this month. Is it worth my time to wait and see if some of the stuff I need goes on sale? If I'm going to save 20 dollars or something its not worth the wait, but 50+ I can wait. What do you guys think? Are their sales normally that good?
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November 7, 2011 1:45:42 AM

Best answer selected by xeavor.
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