$1200-1500 new build

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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  1. we cant really recommend something without knowing your resolution
  2. I think im actually gonna buy a new monitor, so any suggestions on a 120 hz lcd? maybe 22-24 inches
  3. 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
  4. i5 2500k & CM Hyper 212 EVO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.783352 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?ItemList=Combo.781066 200$

    MSI gtx 560 ti twin Frozr II- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 x2=480$

    Corsair 400r & Corsair HX750- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.776098 230$

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067 19$

    Seagate 1tb HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701 105$ after promo code

    Plextor 128gb PX-M3S- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249014 180$

    Total=1459$
  5. 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=N82E16813131771
    and then this memory kit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    For the SSD I would just get this its faster and cheaper after the rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    For this price you want a blue ray burner.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    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=N82E16814162075.

    For the regular hard drive do get that Sefate 1TB (here is the correct link) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    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=N82E16817341041

    Lastly I would get one of these cases depending on personal preference
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304%20600053918&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=7%7C11-133-194%5E11-133-194-TS%2C11-147-053%5E11-147-053-TS%2C11-108-376%5E11-108-376-TS%2C11-146-073%5E11-146-073-TS%2C11-119-160%5E11-119-160-TS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304%20600053918&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=7%7C11-553-002%5E11-553-002-TS%2C11-322-007%5E11-322-007-TS%2C11-108-190%5E11-108-190-TS%2C11-322-018%5E11-322-018-TS%2C11-322-047%5E11-322-047-TS
    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=N82E16819115072
    but with this cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055
    and this thermal paste at your local store http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0282371
    Reason for that thermal paste is here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282002-28-diamond-test-results
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/281732-28-diamond-results
  6. as for $1500 you can get parts like these....

    cpu: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
    Core i5 2500K - $180

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $115 after rebate

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $47

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $24 after rebate

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $130

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220624
    Patriot Pyro SE PPSE120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB - $165 after rebate

    odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) - $90 after rebate

    gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 1536MB - $490 after rebate

    case: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366600
    Carbide Series 400R - $80 after rebate

    total: $1340 after rebate excluding shipping
  7. Quote:
    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$)
  8. mjmjpfaff said:
    Quote:
    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-benchmark-tahiti-gcn,3104-7.html
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. correct me if im wrong but 40 percent is a stretch
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305
  11. 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.
  12. cbrunnem said:
    correct me if im wrong but 40 percent is a stretch
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305

    30% sorry typo
  13. i still think a strong single gpu is the better deal right now. especially the 7950
  14. I second that
  15. just wonder if the OP wants to wait for it. he hasn't really participated in his thread.
  16. 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?)
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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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