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December 3, 2011 4:20:03 AM

Hi everyone! I am building a computer for my cousin. Basically he wants a build for Starcraft, Star Wars the Old Republic, Diablo 3, Battlefield 3 and future games. He has 1500 to spend but we are trying to keep the build closer to 1000 (this is including monitor/keyboard/speakers etc.) This is what I have picked out for him so far.

-Processor: Intel i5 2400 3.1 Sandy Bridge:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full ATX Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Video Card: HIS AMD 6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Power Supply: Corsair 650 Gold Rated Modular Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB PC 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Motherboard: AsusP8P67: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Hard Drive: Intel SSD 128GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's been a while since I've built a computer so I'm not totally up on the current tech. Input appreciated!

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December 3, 2011 4:24:27 AM

Motherboard, go to the next chipset, 67 is old. You will probably need an additional hdd for his build. Asus monitors has some really cheap, but good quality monitors for excellent prices.
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December 3, 2011 4:32:26 AM

Get a H61 or H67 motherboard. You P67 boards are for overclocking.
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December 3, 2011 1:53:59 PM

Could you shed more light on the correct motherboard I need. I'm confused about the chipsets. Should I go for something with PCIe 3.0 and DDR3 2133
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December 3, 2011 2:12:59 PM

I'd get the Pro version for $10 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's always a perception that the "latest and greatest" is somehow better than the last. I'd suggest you review the article below and decide if there's anything that Z68 offers.

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h...

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Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?

The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.

Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.

Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.


Unless you are in a position to use one of those features, Z68 is not going to do anything for you.

Unless you are planning on SLI/CF with 2 or more cards that are a lot more powerful than the 6870, I'd use a mid tower case.....Antec 902 for example.

If ya get a 650 .... I'd get the XFX Core Edition (9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru) for $90 less .... however, I'd get the 850 watter so ya can SLI / CF bigger cards .... it's also $60 less than the AX650.

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

Another option .... the HAF-932 is $140 + $150 for the 650 watta PSU = $290 The Antec DF-85 and 1200 V3 are $160 and the CP-850 (10,0 jonnyguru performance rating) is $115 for $275 ....$20 savings and 200 extra watts

RAM - I'm not gonna say that 2133 won't have an effect, it will, no argument there..... but it's 3-5 % and if $$ is a problem, 1600 will do just fine.

$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money saved on RAM and PSU you can now afford a 2500k and then some

SSD - $280 for a Tier 5 SSD ?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

The Muskin Chronos Deluxe is =21% faster according to THG and almost $100 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's an extra $100 to spend on the GFX card

$230 Asus 560 900MHz TOP (15% more fps than 6870 ....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MoBo and PSU will allow SLI'd 560's
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December 3, 2011 3:58:56 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I'd get the Pro version for $10 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's always a perception that the "latest and greatest" is somehow better than the last. I'd suggest you review the article below and decide if there's anything that Z68 offers.

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h...

Quote:
Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?

The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.

Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.

Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.


Unless you are in a position to use one of those features, Z68 is not going to do anything for you.

Unless you are planning on SLI/CF with 2 or more cards that are a lot more powerful than the 6870, I'd use a mid tower case.....Antec 902 for example.

If ya get a 650 .... I'd get the XFX Core Edition (9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru) for $90 less .... however, I'd get the 850 watter so ya can SLI / CF bigger cards .... it's also $60 less than the AX650.

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

Another option .... the HAF-932 is $140 + $150 for the 650 watta PSU = $290 The Antec DF-85 and 1200 V3 are $160 and the CP-850 (10,0 jonnyguru performance rating) is $115 for $275 ....$20 savings and 200 extra watts

RAM - I'm not gonna say that 2133 won't have an effect, it will, no argument there..... but it's 3-5 % and if $$ is a problem, 1600 will do just fine.

$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money saved on RAM and PSU you can now afford a 2500k and then some

SSD - $280 for a Tier 5 SSD ?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

The Muskin Chronos Deluxe is =21% faster according to THG and almost $100 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's an extra $100 to spend on the GFX card

$230 Asus 560 900MHz TOP (15% more fps than 6870 ....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MoBo and PSU will allow SLI'd 560's


1) If I decide to SLI or Crossfire will I need a Full ATX Case?

2)The power supply you recommended is Bronze Certified and not Gold Certified. Does this make a difference?

3) Is SLI/CF Necessary if he is only running a 20 or 21" LCD Monitor

4) Will the upgrade to 2500K be worth the extra $$ because Ivy Bridge will be coming out soon?
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December 3, 2011 4:06:21 PM

1) no
2) no
3) sli/cf increases fps
4) 2500k=best gaming cpu
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December 3, 2011 6:33:09 PM

Will I need special cooling in the case if I'm running 560s in SLI?
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December 3, 2011 6:44:10 PM

reissue said:
Will I need special cooling in the case if I'm running 560s in SLI?

as long has you have good case fans, you should be fine. :) 
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December 9, 2011 10:56:11 PM

Best answer selected by reissue.
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