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December 7, 2011 5:20:20 AM

Been years since I've decided to build another computer.

Here is what I got so far.

Still need a PS and wondering what you all would recommend..

I have a deal on a 6850 vid card for 100 bucks used.

Do you think I should go with a cheaper MOBO?

This will be just a gaming system


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9R

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

159.99(129.99 after rebate)
OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2011 5:33:17 AM

why use a micro ATX board in an ATX case?
a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2011 9:46:46 AM

Lower your RAM down to DDR3 1600mhz

Find a motherboard that isnt a Micro-ATX, ASRock has a good motherboard around $150 or you could even go for the Extreme3 Gen3 for $125

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2011 6:14:33 PM

I would wait for Ivy Bridge.
December 7, 2011 6:43:04 PM

Save yourself $40 and buy 1600MHz RAM. Find a full-sized ATX motherboard (there are a lot of great choices around $125-175 from ASRock, Gigabyte, etc.).

Go with a Seasonic 630W power supply or something. Don't skimp out.
December 7, 2011 7:34:04 PM

ok... I updated my build..

Got a normal ATX mobo and normal ATX case.

Also got the 1600 speed ram.

What do you guys think?

Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #:N82E16811147153
Return Policy:Iron Egg Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99


ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 67 EXTREME4 GEN3
Item #:N82E16813157265
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$169.99 -$20.00 Instant $149.99


SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:S12II 620 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151096
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$96.99 -$17.00 Instant $79.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Model #:BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy:Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
In Stock
$219.99 $219.99


OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
Model #:SLD3-25SAT3-120G
Item #:N82E16820227729
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card
$249.99 -$90.00 Instant $159.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #:N82E16820233144
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$46.99 $46.99

Subtotal: $706.94
December 7, 2011 7:50:29 PM

Looks great! The last thing you may want (only if you plan to overclock, or just want lower temps/quieter CPU fan) is a CPU cooler.

I'd highly recommend either the Xigmatek Gaia or the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, they're only around $25-35, but will keep your shiny new 2500k nice a chilly.
December 7, 2011 9:01:35 PM

Thanks Jack.. Yes I do plan on OCing, maybe not right away.. But I was thinking about the CORSAIR CWCH60

But that might overkill as I only plan on going to 4.0-4.2

O will look into the coolmaster hyper 212

THANKS! I'm about ready to order.

just an FYI to everyone..

The 120gb SSD driver will be my ONLY HD for a little while..
this will be ok right? I don't want to have issues with it..
What do you all think?
December 7, 2011 9:11:36 PM

Actually you know what.. after thinking about it.. I'm just gonna get the

Will this work for OCing in the future if I want? If so how much can I push the i5 to?

I don't plan anything crazy, just what I mentioned.. .maybe 4.0 or so
December 7, 2011 11:51:18 PM

Look around for some benchmarks. It's a great cooler; not the best, but very good. I'm sure you could get to 4.3+ with good airflow in your case.

Definitely plenty to get to 4GHz.
December 8, 2011 12:04:35 AM

ok cool.. last question before I order guys..

As for the Video card.. I have a friend that has an HD 5850..
He's going to sell it to me for 100 bucks.. But I don't want the video card to be the bottle neck of the system which I think it might be.. I'm willing to spend a little more.. maybe even up to 200 bucks if I have to.

Is the 5850 good enough still these days?

Figure 1920x1080 with Battlefield3 on ultra ?

Or what card should I splurge on?

a b B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2011 12:59:13 AM

Change motherboard to a Z68 you will thank me later when it comes to installing the SSD
December 8, 2011 12:35:15 PM

I have the ASRock ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, and it's a FANTASTIC motherboard. I love everything about it, except that it doesn't have internal USB 3.0 headers--but that's a rare feature that is only found on more expensive boards. The Extreme3 Gen3 has a really nice BIOS that's easy to use and very customizable.

That $100 Radeon HD 5850 isn't going to be able to run BF3 on Ultra. I couldn't find any reliable prices online, but it looks like you might be getting a good deal on it, though. It'll be able to run most games on medium settings, I'd wager. You can also see Tom's latest December article on the Best Graphics Cards for the Money.
December 8, 2011 12:47:46 PM

LOL what??

Everything I read says it will play on ultra at 1920x1080

Maybe not 75 FPS but still play just fine..

currently, I have 8800GTS and play BF3 on Med. now..

25-35FPS but still.. It plays it just fine.

Regardless, Every single person has an opinion... Sadly we can go back and forth on every little item.. But I appreciate all the help right now..

I was thinking about getting the 6870 VIDEO CARD, but just read that the 5850 is about on par with the 6870..

Whats the top 4 cards out right now?

Best card for the money?

Best card for 150 or so bucks?

December 8, 2011 1:22:12 PM

Did you even read the article I linked?
December 8, 2011 1:26:52 PM

zippycorners said:
Did you even read the article I linked?

Yes.. and thank you..

Still.. It seems like the 5850 is still better than most on your link for the money..

I don't know why the higher number cannot just mean.. I don't know... BETTER? lol

Either way, for 100 bucks I can get the 5850 and it seems to be by far better than the 5770, which I know plays BF3 on ultra with no problems...