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December 3, 2011 3:10:38 PM

I was wondering if I could build my Intel system any cheaper than I already have it at, I already have a Corsair TX 750W PSU so i'll keep that, 4 GB of G skill Ripjaws so i'll keep those I was looking at getting a 6870, an Intel Core I5-2500k, an HAF 912 Case, and a ASRock z68 motherboard Extreme 3 Gen 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 6870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Core I5-2500k

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HAF 912

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock z68


My main concern is I only have like 585$ to spend ATM so do you think I could build a intel based system any cheaper than this?


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December 3, 2011 3:32:19 PM

Yep! Of course you can. You can get an i3-2100 and an H61 motherboard and you can still keep the card.
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December 3, 2011 3:36:49 PM

I'm sure that you can go cheaper than what you have listed but at some point you have to have a balance between performance and low price. For example you can get an i3 2125 and save $65 but then you won't have the performance of a i5 2500k and the same goes for the motherboard you can get a Asrock H61ICAFE and save $30 and it would work for you but it doesn't have the features of the one you selected. So trying to go low priced is a good idea but you have to decide where to draw the line between price and performance.
The components you selected are very good and you will have a computer that should play most all the games at good resolutions and settings.
If you did want to shave a few dollars off then you could go with a different cpu;

Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300 $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Going with this cpu would save you $40 but you would be giving up the features of the 2500k , so as I said it is a balance between price and performance as to what to do.
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December 3, 2011 3:41:44 PM

2500k build is excellent!
why not to wait for more money.
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December 4, 2011 4:04:40 AM

Would a AMD Phenom II 960T be a good processor?
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December 4, 2011 3:13:53 PM

Ya I know this, it's not fair to compare the Sandy Bridge processors to the bulldozers because they were in production to beat the older generations of I3/I5/I7 processors not sandy bridge also there is a 115$ gap between a 960T and a I5-2500k.
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December 4, 2011 3:23:30 PM

yes, my friend if you wait a little to get some more money for 2500k then it's much better for you otherwise it's your own choice.
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December 4, 2011 4:22:15 PM

also would a I5-2500k/no SSD perform better in Rendering/Bitmapping etc than a phenom/ssd?
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December 4, 2011 4:54:08 PM

indeed, it perform very well without SSD than having SSD with phenom.
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December 4, 2011 6:30:02 PM

If you dont want to overclock though go with an i5-2400 and save ya about 40 bucks and save the cost of a cooler. there is a 10 point difference between a 2400 and 2500k according to anandtech
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December 4, 2011 11:12:06 PM

I want to overclock, I already have a Coolermaster Hyper 212 I have a question would the ASRock P67 Pro3 SE motherboard be a good decision?
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December 5, 2011 3:17:54 AM

yes, it is a great deal!
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December 5, 2011 4:00:07 AM

yeah, get the rog board pictured. maximus iv gene-z. Every bit as good as its big brothers. I have just built a system with it and the 2500k and I love it. I am overclocked to 4316 mhz,Even if you have to wait a week or two to save money for the gpu it is worth it.
The maximus is a z68 board and makes use of the graphics on the i5 processor so you can get it all built and be using it while saving for the gpu. :pt1cable: 
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December 6, 2011 5:40:52 PM

not getting the Maximus board, last asus motherboard I got was DoA and I've only experienced worse since that time so I'm sticking with my 124.99 ASrock PCI-E 3.0X16 motherboard.
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December 6, 2011 5:43:32 PM

That should be ok for you to. It is still z68 so you can still use the suggestion of on processor graphics while saving for better gpu.
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December 6, 2011 6:17:46 PM

What the 6870 isn't a good gpu?
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December 6, 2011 6:30:27 PM

Just ordered everything :D  564$ total i'm going to have a banging system.
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December 6, 2011 6:46:14 PM

Sure is good gpu!! let us know how the build goes.
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December 6, 2011 6:47:15 PM

Should I use my old 450 GTS as a Physx card?
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December 6, 2011 10:21:03 PM

casey10 said:
Should I use my old 450 GTS as a Physx card?



i'M NOT SURE i KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BY USING FOR PHYSX, AS FAR AS I KNOW IN ORDER TOUSE A SECOND CARD IT WOULD HAVE TO BE THE SAME CARD AS THE FIRST IN A CROSSFIRE CONFIG. IF I AM WRONG PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME.
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December 6, 2011 11:12:54 PM

has to be the same
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December 10, 2011 9:52:24 PM

So I put the build together, and only the bottom PCI-E slot on the motherboard seems to work, I cannot get the top PCI-E (2.0 X 16) to work at all when I have the videocard in that slot there is no display at all, and when I have it in the (2.0 X 8) it works, I think the PCI-E slot is dead what do you guys think?
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December 10, 2011 10:15:40 PM

casey10 said:
So I put the build together, and only the bottom PCI-E slot on the motherboard seems to work, I cannot get the top PCI-E (2.0 X 16) to work at all when I have the videocard in that slot there is no display at all, and when I have it in the (2.0 X 8) it works, I think the PCI-E slot is dead what do you guys think?


Whenyou have the gpu in the first slot can you find it under hardware devices in windows! If you cant get it to work just make sure your manual doesn't list the second as the #1 slot (it shouldn't). Maybe call support and your vendor as soon as you establish a definate problem. and rma the board

Also with a z68 board if the slot worked at all you should have a secondery virtu graphics to kick in the processor graphics,so makes me think there must be a bad slot.

I have been questioning the logic of getting a pcie 3 slot board anyway when you have no pcie 3 gpu to test it with anyway.
This isn't the first issue I've heard of from those asrock boards, It seems that many have memory issues as well.
This is why I tried to suggest the ROG board which I have used in about 13 customer builds in the past 6 months with no problems on any of them. Maybe your vendor would let you trade.
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December 10, 2011 10:24:45 PM

No I cant find it under hardware devices, and I dont think I can RMA the board I lost the 2 driver CD's, and the IO shield.
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December 10, 2011 10:35:04 PM

casey10 said:
No I cant find it under hardware devices, and I dont think I can RMA the board I lost the 2 driver CD's, and the IO shield.


Follow through with rma if need be and just send back w/o the disks and i\o shield, They will be returning to manufacturer anyway who can easily replace those items to reshelf when fixed.
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December 10, 2011 10:50:55 PM

Ok now the video card wont work in slot 2 lol, I think I broke it but the fan still spins...
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