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December 28, 2011 1:08:32 AM

I'm in the process of gathering these parts for a build I'm going to do sometime late-January. With what I have, it's currently at $800 total price, which is right about where I want it.

I also would like to know how good this will be for playing games, editing, etc, and how long it should last. For example of games: Skyrim, BF3, COD, etc. How will the performance be?

Approximate Purchase Date: Now-End of January

Budget Range: ~100-130 for a mobo.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing, Everyday Use, Videos, Music

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, Microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure. I'm using a 22" Vizio 1080p LCD HDTV, not a computer monitor.

Additional Comments: I already purchased some parts.

What I have:
Azza Helios 910 Midtower Case
-16gb GSkill RAM
-Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1TB HDD
-COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler
-Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB DDR5 GPU
-HP 24x DVD/CD Writer
-Logitech 220 2.1 Speakers

What I'm getting:
Intel i5 2500k CPU

What I need help with:
I need a good motherboard to go along with this for a price range of $100-130. Would like to buy from Microcenter in Cambridge, MA if possible, as I'm going there for my CPU anyway and they have good prices. Will buy at newegg or tiger though.
I also need a good PSU that will run this system for hopefully around $60.

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December 28, 2011 1:14:55 PM

Thanks, I'll add that to the list. Can anyone help me with a mobo and tell me how this will handle games?
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December 28, 2011 1:58:13 PM

Mobo has no relation to games other than if you want to sli/xfire or not.

what's your mobo budget?

You can't say, maybe I'll sli LATER, you need to decide now, so you can choose a motherboard and power supply NOW.
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December 28, 2011 2:04:35 PM

geekapproved said:
Mobo has no relation to games other than if you want to sli/xfire or not.

what's your mobo budget?

You can't say, maybe I'll sli LATER, you need to decide now, so you can choose a motherboard and power supply NOW.


My mobo budget is $100-130, and I'm not going to SLI/xfire for a while, but I'd like the option to do so when I need to.

steadywaters said:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a popular budget board for the i5-2500K:

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

$115 after rebate from Newegg.

Thank you for the response.

How will this pc handle games?
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December 28, 2011 2:29:01 PM

I recommend that board also.

The pc will handle games very well.
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December 28, 2011 2:30:49 PM

For Skyrim and BF3 at 1920x1080 resolution, your graphics card will probably be tolerable at high settings (forget ultra settings).
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December 28, 2011 5:51:43 PM

Yeah the gpu is definitely the bottleneck here, but you can add another later on, which is why I recommended getting a larger power supply for the future.
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December 29, 2011 2:09:54 AM

I've heard reviews and seen benches of the 560 being right on par with the 6870, and it was what I could afford ($140 on sale w/ rebate), so it's what I got.

How many watts would you say for a PSU?
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