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December 22, 2011 12:35:59 AM

Hey, i am trying to build a decent low budget gaming PC that could give me between 35 to 70 fps on latest most demanding games at high quality details with 1280x1024 resolution, after some research Ive ended up with this list, please share your opinions, any advice is appreciated

spec:
Western Digital (WD) Caviar BLUE WD5000AAKX 500GB SATA 6GB/s 16MB Cache HDD
Samsung SyncMaster S19A10N 18.5 inch LCD monitor
Samsung 22X DVD-RW DL drive
G.skill Ripjaws-X 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v Dual Channel Memory Kit
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5
Intel® Core™ i3-2100 3.1GHz Processor
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 socket 1155 motherboard
CORSAIR CX500 V2 80 PLUS PSU
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 case

new spec (Saturday, December 24, 2011):
Western Digital (WD) Caviar BLUE WD5000AAKX 500GB SATA 6GB/s 16MB Cache HDD
Samsung SyncMaster S19A10N 18.5 inch LCD monitor
ASUS 24X DVD-RW DL drive
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
SAPPHIRE HD 6870 1G GDDR5 Dirt3 Edition
Intel® Core™ i3-2100 3.1GHz Processor
ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard
CORSAIR CX600 V2 80 PLUS PSU
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 case

thank you.

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December 22, 2011 4:01:13 AM

4GB RAM is fine for now but to be future proof, I would just get a 2x 4GB for 8GB of RAM for future use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6770 or 6790 is a way better deal than the 550 Ti. BTW in a few months the faster, quieter Keplars and AMD 7000s are coming out so I would say getting a 5670 for now and save the money later for a 690 or a 7970. With a 5670, I would say you could run medium to low settings with that resolution but patience will be worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 6570

The i3 2100 will run games well but will eventually slow down due to the dual-core processor. I know most games only use 1 or 2 cores but in the near future, performance hit will be noticeable. Wait for the Ivy Bridge and save up for it next year in May or March just like the GPUs. But for know, the i5 2400 ($190) will do fine or the i3 2100- for this year

That mobo? Get a Maximus IV Gene-Z- The best gaming mobo for the $170 price- I know it's expensive and if you really can't afford it, at least this AsRock Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - AsRock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Maximus

For the PSU, it depends which road you are going to take. For the 5670, 430CX will do fine but if the 7970, get a 550w to 600w PSU.

The hell is that case? These cases are better :o 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Rosewell

Everything else is fine.


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December 22, 2011 5:17:42 AM

pretty nice, i think ill go with the G.skill Ripjaws-X 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v Dual Channel Memory Kit and the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Socket 1155 Motherboard.
however all my friends been having problems with ATI cards and they complain about bugs ... etc they say its a
worse version of graphic cards that has more bugs and for cheaper price, so i rather go with the nvidia series, any recommendations there?
i checked average fps http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-550ti/...
and i liked the results i was getting at this resolutions, also according to nvidia.com its the cheapest least demanding card that can decently run all the latest games
what do u think of that?
about the case, yup at first i was aiming at the Antec 300, but unfortunately it isn't available here anymore.
also if u say wait till next year for new series, i am pretty sure someone will tell me next year to wait for the next one :D  hehe
but ye there's always new better and cheaper items showing up all the time, waiting is always good but ill buy when i have the money ready.
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December 22, 2011 10:19:15 AM


there isn't so much different between the ASRock and the Asus Maximum?
if not then i should pick that of course, since i am on a low budget.
but i also don't the absolute cheapest, it should be money saving on the long run and something i can count on
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December 22, 2011 12:56:10 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a good board. Not everything what is expensive is good too. Try an efort to i5 2300 is a quad. If you buy an non K processor you can buy an H61 or H67 motehrboard they are cheaper than Z68 motherboards.
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December 22, 2011 4:32:56 PM

Yes good point, if you are not going to overclock, you might as well get a cheaper H61 or H67 board rather than a Z68, but I would get the Z68 just in case you want to upgrade to a 2500k or 2600k in the future.

As for the Gene-Z and the AsRock, Gene-Z is a great board for gaming as it is part of the Republic of Gamers series. The AsRock is also a good board that will last a very long time because of the high quality components (Gene-Z also has great quality components, too).
Everything I linked were quality parts.

AMD had a few driver issues in the past but that was only with crossfire. You are on a budget so I wouldn't think you're going to crossfire. AMD is solid and if you don;t do some funky crap on it, you shouldn't be experiencing any bugs.
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December 22, 2011 4:37:55 PM

Oh I forgot to mention Nvidia has great cards, too. Just research which cards to buy because the 6770 and the 6790 outperform the 550 Ti but other times Nvidia beats AMD in some price points. Just read the article I linked you and the rest is up to you ;) 

If you forgot the link it's right here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca...
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December 22, 2011 4:55:41 PM

amr330am said:
there isn't so much different between the ASRock and the Asus Maximum?
if not then i should pick that of course, since i am on a low budget.
but i also don't the absolute cheapest, it should be money saving on the long run and something i can count on

The asrock board is full atx, while the gene-z is a micro atx board. Even though the gene-z is the highest end micro atx board for performance/value IMO, most atx boards have more features than micro atx boarsd.
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December 22, 2011 6:21:47 PM

i am no expert, but with the knowledge I have accumulated on this forum,and seeing that u r on a tight budget, i would not recommend you to make this into an overkill.
If this is u'r 1st or 2nd attempt at system assembly, which is the case with me, I should suggest the following for a 1280X1024 resolution -

1. Stick to ur i3 2100, or get a 2120 if u can. Extra 200 Mhz fnever hurt anybody.
IN FACT - 2100 is 5$ more on newegg ;-)

2. For the RAM, 8 GB (4X2 dual channel ) 1600 MHz corsair vengeance. 4 Gb in ur case wud have been fine, but dual channel RAM kit performs better in comparison to a single RAM of same memory ( 2X2 GB > > 4 GB) and since u wud have to upgrade ur RAM in the future, its better to get it now, as its an inexpensive component.

3. For the GPU - a sapphire/ASUS HD 6870. Reason being games are getting mre GPU intensive by the day, and I dont think that after spending ~125$ on a card, u r gonna get a new one within a year or two. GPUs run fpr 2-3 yrs fine if not overclocked at max. and 6870 is only 180$, as money is saved from processor.

4. Asrock Z68 Pro 3 Gen 3. Its got everything u need - z68 features, good quality + I have read some good reviews about it. Its ~120$, so very well within ur budget.

5. Antec PSU. U can go with 500-600 W PSU as others have recommended above and choose from them.

With the i3, u have the advantage of 1155 socket, that is , in a year or two, u will be able to upgrade to i7 2600(K) or i5 2500(K)i f u wanna. Although i3 wont be completely out of steam
by then. But only if u have to.


Again, I have strictly kept ur resolution in mind. If ur monitor is not replaced, then u should be pretty fine with the specs i recommended.

Cheers!!
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December 22, 2011 7:04:42 PM

The 2120 sale is going out soon so you definitely don't want to miss that but for the GPU, new GPUs are coming out soon so my recommendation to you is that you should get a cheap 5670 that could play medium to low settings on f.e. BF3 on that res and save up for a 7870 or 7850 (Since you are on a budget and can't get the $550 7970).
The Ivy Bridge is compatible with 1155 sockets so you can get a 2120 or a 2100 right now and upgrade to Ivy Bridge later.
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December 22, 2011 10:29:34 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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December 22, 2011 10:40:03 PM

Go with and i5 2500k, 8 gigs of ram at 1600, 560 ti 1 gb,
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December 23, 2011 6:13:11 PM

Best answer selected by amr330am.
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December 23, 2011 6:14:08 PM

thanks everyone
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