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Gaming PC $700

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December 21, 2011 12:47:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: $700ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: I was thinking 1680 x 1050

Additional Comments: I building the desktop now and hope to upgrade it in about 3 months and will have another $500 then. So, I want to be able to improve it without changing around a ton of parts. My other concern is the best way to upgrade it. I would probably assume crossfire would be the best bet but I've read about a lot of people complaining about micro-stuttering. I would like to know if just buying a bulkier single gpu would be better than adding another. Another option I was considering was doing x3 crossfire with a Radeon HD 6870 X2 as i read recently that it can help remove micro - stuttering.

Also, I wanted to get USB 3.0 since I move data around a lot on flash drives.

Article about x3 CrossFire:

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December 21, 2011 5:57:38 PM - $219.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K - $29.04
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 - $124.99 - $10MIR
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $43.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $84.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $17.99
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM - $49.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $89.99
Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1), VESA Compatible

Total: $720.96 -$10MIR

i would go with a single card setup and get the new gtx600 series/ati 7000 serires when they release in a couple month. you can use onboard for the time being but the gaming experience is going to suck.

another option is to drop i52500k and the cpu cooler and get a i3 2100 + 6770. Sell them and get the i5 2500k + new gpu when you are ready.
December 21, 2011 6:28:34 PM

I wouldn't build right now. Just wait till u get the rest. By that time new parts will come out. Also a lot of people don't realise that in order to use pcie 3.0 of new gpus you'll need ivy bridge
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December 21, 2011 6:45:18 PM

madchemist83 said:
I wouldn't build right now. Just wait till u get the rest. By that time new parts will come out. Also a lot of people don't realise that in order to use pcie 3.0 of new gpus you'll need ivy bridge

+1 Totally agree there.

In 3 months not only will you have a substantial amount more money available, but much better products will be available.

Also, those 6870 x2 are only available from Powercolor, I think. The next-gen 7xxx series cards from AMD are releasing January 9th and might shake up the current pricing and lineup. One of those would probably be a safer and better setup than two of those 6870 x2 cards.

On top of that, two of those cards would completely blow away your current budget, even with the extra $500.
December 21, 2011 7:15:45 PM

for a budget card i got this: $114.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti

It runs BF3 perfectly. I have it loaded with an i5 with stock fan, and 8 GB gskill ram. If i were to OC the i5 i would get better cooling, but stock fan works.