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December 29, 2011 10:19:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: $1200-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and more gaming

Parts Not Required: just need core parts in the tower have keyboard/mouse etc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, also im near a microcenter so cpu prices are lowered

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: I usually go intel

Overclocking: Maybe
SLI: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: -

Additional Comments: Helping put together friends gaming computer. Thinking of getting the 2600k($279) from microcenter(if bundled with z68 or p67 mobo is $50 off) Need advice on mobo and gfx card, psu, and case mainly. Also on ssd recommendations

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December 29, 2011 10:38:20 PM

we cant really recommend something without knowing your resolution
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December 30, 2011 1:34:24 AM

I think im actually gonna buy a new monitor, so any suggestions on a 120 hz lcd? maybe 22-24 inches
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December 30, 2011 2:04:38 AM

3d gaming?

edit: if you are not gaming in 3d they really are not worth the tiny bit more smoothness if and only if you are playing at 80+ fps
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December 30, 2011 3:28:17 AM

i5 2500k & CM Hyper 212 EVO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 245$ you will see NO performance boost from a 2600k if you are just gaming

Asus P8Z68-V & Corsair 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 200$

MSI gtx 560 ti twin Frozr II- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2=480$

Corsair 400r & Corsair HX750- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 230$

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 19$

Seagate 1tb HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 105$ after promo code

Plextor 128gb PX-M3S- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$

Total=1459$
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December 30, 2011 5:01:17 AM

Can I emphasize to wait for the new GPU's to come out. The 79xx series should fit your price range and one 7970 may be the best option for you. If not still the 7950 would still be an option.

For the motherboard I would just get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and then this memory kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the SSD I would just get this its faster and cheaper after the rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For this price you want a blue ray burner.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For graphics I would wait to see the new 7xxx series. But if not that 560Ti (above) or even this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

For the regular hard drive do get that Sefate 1TB (here is the correct link) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a PSU I trust this brand and its a great price after the rebate. Its modular and has 4 PCI-4 so you can run SLI or CF. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lastly I would get one of these cases depending on personal preference
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Some of them come in different colors for the same price.

I would still get the i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but with this cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and this thermal paste at your local store http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Reason for that thermal paste is here
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282002-28-diamond-tes...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/281732-28-diamond-res...
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December 30, 2011 10:28:02 AM

as for $1500 you can get parts like these....

cpu: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Core i5 2500K - $180

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $115 after rebate

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $47

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $24 after rebate

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $130

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB - $165 after rebate

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) - $90 after rebate

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 1536MB - $490 after rebate

case: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Carbide Series 400R - $80 after rebate

total: $1340 after rebate excluding shipping
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December 30, 2011 2:36:00 PM

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For the SSD I would just get this its faster and cheaper after the rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227706

more reliable? not even close to the plextor. those sandforce ssd's are still buggy.

OP- the 2 560 ti's can run bf3 maxed out easily. it will still beat a 7970 and it will cost less $ (7970 @ 550$)
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December 30, 2011 4:27:05 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
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For the SSD I would just get this its faster and cheaper after the rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227706

more reliable? not even close to the plextor. those sandforce ssd's are still buggy.

OP- the 2 560 ti's can run bf3 maxed out easily. it will still beat a 7970 and it will cost less $ (7970 @ 550$)


what does he do in 2 years when he needs more gpu power though? a really good single gpu now will be better in the long run. a 7950 should run any game basically maxed out at 1080 at the moment and is going to be about 400 dollars.

the 7970 should be 5-10 fps better then the 7950 and the 7970 destroys a 580 atleast in battlefield.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benc...
and a sli'ed 560ti's are a little better then a 580
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305

so the 7950 should lie between a 580 and a sli'ed 560ti rig making it the better buy.
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December 30, 2011 4:51:01 PM

the 560 ti's are about 40% better than a single 580.
anyways the 7950 is coming out probably early february. maybe the OP doesnt want to wait that long.
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December 30, 2011 5:51:41 PM

and a 7970 is about 20-30% better
one of my favorite quotes
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
Don't believe what everyone says.
I would still get the OCZ SSD (its faster) and reliability is mostly a problem in the software, which is fixed by updated if there even is a problem. Not all sandforce SSD's are problematic.
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December 30, 2011 7:59:55 PM

i still think a strong single gpu is the better deal right now. especially the 7950
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December 30, 2011 8:09:53 PM

I second that
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December 30, 2011 11:36:47 PM

just wonder if the OP wants to wait for it. he hasn't really participated in his thread.
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December 31, 2011 12:23:33 AM

If you bought all the other components now he could have a working computer and then buy the GPU when it comes out. Although doing this he has to spend an extra $15-20 for a cheap GPU. Or he could buy everything and put it almost together and in about a week and a half he could order the 7xxx series. Last option would be as you said to get two 560Ti. (wonder if the creator of this thread even reads these anymore?)
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December 31, 2011 12:26:47 AM

andrewcarr said:
If you bought all the other components now he could have a working computer and then buy the GPU when it comes out. Although doing this he has to spend an extra $15-20 for a cheap GPU. Or he could buy everything and put it almost together and in about a week and a half he could order the 7xxx series. Last option would be as you said to get two 560Ti. (wonder if the creator of this thread even reads these anymore?)

ive been wondering that myself
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December 31, 2011 1:29:59 AM

andrewcarr said:
If you bought all the other components now he could have a working computer and then buy the GPU when it comes out. Although doing this he has to spend an extra $15-20 for a cheap GPU. Or he could buy everything and put it almost together and in about a week and a half he could order the 7xxx series. Last option would be as you said to get two 560Ti. (wonder if the creator of this thread even reads these anymore?)


he woulnt need a gpu if he went intel with a z68 mobo
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December 31, 2011 11:26:20 PM

Thank you guys for all the replys was away a couple days. I think feb might be a little to long to wait for the new gpu. Lots of good ideas here thnx again.
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January 1, 2012 5:30:36 AM

masternook said:
Thank you guys for all the replys was away a couple days. I think feb might be a little to long to wait for the new gpu. Lots of good ideas here thnx again.


the 7950 should be out with the 7970 if you want to go that route. so like ten days.
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