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November 27, 2011 4:39:10 PM

hey guys i am looking for some advice on a bu$dget gaming PC im trying to build. I have a budget of say around $700 us.
Here is what i got so far:
Rosewill Challenger Case
Intel i3-2120 CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z68M
4gb RIpsaw z series DDR3-1600 ram
Seasonic 650w PSU
Radeon HD 6870

I'll be playing WoW,SWTOR,Skyrim and possibly Battlefield and other FPS.

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November 27, 2011 4:49:41 PM

That all looks a bit mismatched, you don't really need Z68 for that CPU since you can't overclock. Also isn't the Z series quad channel? Also you only really need 500W
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November 27, 2011 4:51:16 PM

mourice12 said:
hey guys i am looking for some advice on a bu$dget gaming PC im trying to build. I have a budget of say around $700 us.
Here is what i got so far:
Rosewill Challenger Case
Intel i3-2120 CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z68M
4gb RIpsaw z series DDR3-1600 ram
Seasonic 650w PSU
Radeon HD 6870

I'll be playing WoW,SWTOR,Skyrim and possibly Battlefield and other FPS.


Approximate Purchase Date: (within the next 5 weeks

Budget Range: (700-800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Movies, internet, and alot of gaming

Parts Not Required: (mouse,keyboard,HDD,DVD/blu ray drive,monitor)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Newegg.com)

Country: (USA, Eastern

Parts Preferences: by brand or type ()

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200

Additional Comments: (sup)
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November 27, 2011 4:52:31 PM

I was wanting to maybe upgrade to a 2500knthats why i got the z68 board
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November 27, 2011 5:49:41 PM

I wouldn't bother to be honest, you wouldn't see any real improvement in FPS because of the GPU. I'd trim a few dollars here and there and get a better GPU or a SSD.

For $800 you can get this:

i3-2100
8GB Corsair XMS3
ASRock H61M/U3S3
EVGA Superclocked GTX 560Ti
Crucial M4 128GB
Corsair CX-500
Coolermaster Storm Scout

That's going to give better FPS than your original build, should be quieter, have super fast boot times and has a nice case too.
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November 27, 2011 6:05:45 PM

Would the PSU be able to handle the 560ti?
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November 27, 2011 6:08:55 PM

Yeah that should be fine. nVidia recommend a minimum of 500W and they overestimate these things. Not to mention that the i3 consumes half the power that something like a phenom x4 does.
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November 27, 2011 6:21:47 PM

What do you think bout this build.
AMD FX-4100
ASrock Extreme3 MB
Corsair XMS3 8gb
Rosewill Challenger case
Radeon HD 6870 OC
Corsair H70liquid cooling
500w PSU
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November 27, 2011 6:25:15 PM

I don't think it's worth spending the extra cash on the CPU, motherboard and the cooler because you are going to get a pretty minor improvement. That minor CPU improvement also comes at the cost of a weaker GPU.
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November 27, 2011 6:29:14 PM

My build right now is at $588, for the AMD build. So i can spend the extra to get a 560ti
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November 27, 2011 7:08:56 PM

Well it's up to you really, was just letting you know that the FX-4 chips aren't any better than an i3 in gaming until you overclock it. Then when you overclock it, it costs more. Better to spend the cash on a better GPU or an i5 imo.
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November 27, 2011 7:44:53 PM

Yea i was just doing some research saying that the FX series sucks pretty much and that the old Phenom II x4 955 BE rocks its socks. Also saying that the i3-2120 rocks the 955. Was looking at an i5-2400 or 2500.

Intel i5-2400
Gigabyte z68 MB
Corsair XMS3 8gb
Antec 300 case
EVGA 560ti
634 bucks.
thanks for the help jm
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November 27, 2011 8:55:43 PM

No probs, you still don't really need Z68 though but it's up to you really.
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November 27, 2011 10:18:06 PM

Yea i was just thinking of upgradability
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