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I got two builds need help on which one to get

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January 9, 2012 1:46:13 AM

As the topic said I put together two builds but i'm not sure which one is better for the money.

I will be putting win 7 on it and it will be used for gaming and surfing the web.

Build 1 This ended up being $823 before rebates

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

optical: LITE-ON 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

extra: a wireless keyboard, and mouse


Build 2 This one is $813 before rebates.

Mobo: BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Ram combo: Intel Core i5-2400/Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD/PSU combo: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB/ CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

optical:LG DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Feel free to change things but I don't want to go over a total of $850

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January 9, 2012 1:57:02 AM

What will this be used for?

If it is going to be used mainly for gaming, I would go with Build 2 because of the better GPU. Plus if you decide to dual boot with Linux, NVIDIA has better drivers.
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January 9, 2012 2:00:19 AM

strausd said:
What will this be used for?

If it is going to be used mainly for gaming, I would go with Build 2 because of the better GPU. Plus if you decide to dual boot with Linux, NVIDIA has better drivers.


Sorry wasn't thinking fully yes this is going to be for gaming and I have a copy of win 7 for what ever I get.
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January 9, 2012 2:05:04 AM

needsadvice_38 said:
Sorry wasn't thinking fully yes this is going to be for gaming and I have a copy of win 7 for what ever I get.


Well if you want to do any overclocking, then I would suggest the i5-2500k. However, if you do not plan on overclocking then build 2 looks good, especially with the better GPU. Plus, 3.1 GHz isn't bad. Just think about what clock speeds were like 10 years ago ;) 

Personally I am a fan of ASUS motherboards, so if you can I would suggest that. But I totally understand being on a budget and the BIOSTAR looks to have good reviews.
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January 9, 2012 2:19:58 AM

strausd said:
Well if you want to do any overclocking, then I would suggest the i5-2500k. However, if you do not plan on overclocking then build 2 looks good, especially with the better GPU. Plus, 3.1 GHz isn't bad. Just think about what clock speeds were like 10 years ago ;) 

Personally I am a fan of ASUS motherboards, so if you can I would suggest that. But I totally understand being on a budget and the BIOSTAR looks to have good reviews.



Yea I don't plan on doing any overclocking, and if you could can you suggest an Asus board that is under $100.

But other than that would all these parts go together pretty good and let me play most games on high or medium settings
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January 9, 2012 2:34:05 AM

AFAIK, the only boards under 100 are mATX boards.
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January 9, 2012 2:36:00 AM

needsadvice_38 said:
Yea I don't plan on doing any overclocking, and if you could can you suggest an Asus board that is under $100.

But other than that would all these parts go together pretty good and let me play most games on high or medium settings


The ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) has good reviews on Newegg, but it is $105. The ASUS board supports twice the RAM, has an extra PCIe x1 slot, 8 channel audio, an extra 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a digital optical audio port. However, neither board supports SLI. Some of those features you may not need, so if you do not need them then I would suggest not paying for them.

If $105 is too much, I am sure the BIOSTAR will do fine. It should be reassuring that it has good rating on newegg.

Everything looks like it will go together and the GTX 560 Ti should definitely be able to play most games on high, maybe some on ultra depending on the game.


azeem40 said:
AFAIK, the only boards under 100 are mATX boards.


You are correct on that. However, the BIOSTAR he is looking at is also a Micro ATX board. And that case will have no problems with either ATX or Micro ATX motherboards.



EDIT: If you want to add some more fans to that case it will be easy to add 2 120mm fans. And you can also get LED fans if you want the extra flashiness.
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January 9, 2012 4:07:46 AM

strausd said:
The ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) has good reviews on Newegg, but it is $105. The ASUS board supports twice the RAM, has an extra PCIe x1 slot, 8 channel audio, an extra 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a digital optical audio port. However, neither board supports SLI. Some of those features you may not need, so if you do not need them then I would suggest not paying for them.

If $105 is too much, I am sure the BIOSTAR will do fine. It should be reassuring that it has good rating on newegg.

Everything looks like it will go together and the GTX 560 Ti should definitely be able to play most games on high, maybe some on ultra depending on the game.




You are correct on that. However, the BIOSTAR he is looking at is also a Micro ATX board. And that case will have no problems with either ATX or Micro ATX motherboards.



EDIT: If you want to add some more fans to that case it will be easy to add 2 120mm fans. And you can also get LED fans if you want the extra flashiness.


Thanks for all the help I think i'm just gonna stay with the Biostar for right now I can always upgrade later.

I just have one more question if I get this fan set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
will my psu work cause the case has 3 fans in it already?




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January 9, 2012 4:21:18 AM

build 2 will game much better .

but the RAM is not recommended for a sandy bridge build . It should be 1.5 volt or less
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January 9, 2012 5:01:44 AM

needsadvice_38 said:
Thanks for all the help I think i'm just gonna stay with the Biostar for right now I can always upgrade later.

I just have one more question if I get this fan set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
will my psu work cause the case has 3 fans in it already?


Your PSU should be able to handle those extra two fans fine. The only thing is that you will need to make sure your motherboard will allow you to plug in two extra fans.

I just did a quick look at the motherboard and didn't see any extra fan headers. However, your PSU has plenty of molex power connections. I would suggest buying two of these fans instead because they come with a 3 pin to molex adapter. Also, the adapter has both a male and female molex end. So if you buy two of those fans and plug each adapter into the fan, you can then plug in fan 1's molex adapter into fan 2's molex adapter. And because it includes both male and female, you can then plug in fan 2's molex cable into the PSU. That way both fans will have power and it will only use 1 molex power cable on your PSU. That will be the only place you will need to plug the fans in to make them work.

Those fans are also a bit more powerful than the cooler master fans. However, if you'd rather stick to the cooler master fans, you will need to buy the 3 pin to molex adapter separately for both fans. Considering the price of the adapters, I would suggest getting two of the other fans because they are faster, move more air, and come with the adapter.

Also remember that extra fans are not a necessity, but they do decrease the ambient temperature inside your case. This can be really good because heat is any computer component's worst enemy.
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January 9, 2012 10:54:04 PM

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January 22, 2012 9:49:53 AM

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