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January 10, 2012 12:02:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next week

Budget Range: I would like to keep it below $800 but if it goes to around $830 before rebates that would be ok

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (would like to play most games on high if not a the very least medium settings) and every day use.

Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg I would like to use bill me later with them

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: nope

SLI or Crossfire: nope

Monitor Resolution: i'm using a tv for now

Additional Comments: I really don't know what to get that's why I didn't put anything.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 12:14:02 AM

Hm. $800 is a a tricky price point. Basically, if you get a 2500K you'll have a hard time getting a graphics card that deserves it, and if you don't you'll have a CPU that leaves you with no upgrade path. I think you just have to go 2500K; let's see what we can do.
Can you make it to a Microcenter? If you can, you can get the 2500K for $180, which is fantastic. I will here assume that you can't, and that you'll be paying full price, but that extra $40 could make a big difference.
Can the TV handle full HD (1920x1080)?

$220 2500K (or $180 at Microcenter)
$140 after rebate (great deal; it's $170 before) MSI Z68A-GD55
$30 after rebate Corsair XMS3 8gb 1333mhz RAM
$85 Seagate Barracuda 500gb HDD
$55 Rosewill Challenger case, or whatever catches your eye on Newegg.
$20 random DVD drive

That's $550 before the graphics card and power supply. To return to the budget issue, I think you should get a power supply that can handle SLI. That way you can add another graphics card when you get the cash and have a great, easy upgrade without putting a whole new system together.
$80 Antec 750W is the cheapest good 750W unit you can find, and it leaves you with $170 with the GPU.

Unfortunately, this isn't enough. You're very close to a good 2500K build, but not quite there. A 560 Ti would be ideal, but those run around $210 after rebate.

With a Ti, this'd be $840 after rebates, and around $890 before. If you can get to a Microcenter, though, that becomes $800 after rebates and $855 before (practically on budget)!


Basically, another $60 over the $830 before rebates, which would turn into an extra $40 over the $800 after rebates, would make this a great build with a great upgrade path, but otherwise you'd just have an overpowered, instant-gratification build that would cost you much more when you next feel it's time to upgrade. Microcenter would solve this problem! Get there if you can.
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January 10, 2012 1:36:34 AM

kajabla said:
Hm. $800 is a a tricky price point. Basically, if you get a 2500K you'll have a hard time getting a graphics card that deserves it, and if you don't you'll have a CPU that leaves you with no upgrade path. I think you just have to go 2500K; let's see what we can do.
Can you make it to a Microcenter? If you can, you can get the 2500K for $180, which is fantastic. I will here assume that you can't, and that you'll be paying full price, but that extra $40 could make a big difference.
Can the TV handle full HD (1920x1080)?

$220 2500K (or $180 at Microcenter)
$140 after rebate (great deal; it's $170 before) MSI Z68A-GD55
$30 after rebate Corsair XMS3 8gb 1333mhz RAM
$85 Seagate Barracuda 500gb HDD
$55 Rosewill Challenger case, or whatever catches your eye on Newegg.
$20 random DVD drive

That's $550 before the graphics card and power supply. To return to the budget issue, I think you should get a power supply that can handle SLI. That way you can add another graphics card when you get the cash and have a great, easy upgrade without putting a whole new system together.
$80 Antec 750W is the cheapest good 750W unit you can find, and it leaves you with $170 with the GPU.

Unfortunately, this isn't enough. You're very close to a good 2500K build, but not quite there. A 560 Ti would be ideal, but those run around $210 after rebate.

With a Ti, this'd be $840 after rebates, and around $890 before. If you can get to a Microcenter, though, that becomes $800 after rebates and $855 before (practically on budget)!


Basically, another $60 over the $830 before rebates, which would turn into an extra $40 over the $800 after rebates, would make this a great build with a great upgrade path, but otherwise you'd just have an overpowered, instant-gratification build that would cost you much more when you next feel it's time to upgrade. Microcenter would solve this problem! Get there if you can.


Hey thanks for the help I can't get to a microcenter cause its about 4hours away but I was looking at combos and saw this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

I added a dvd burner and the grand total came to be $834 cause I got free shipping.

It seems like a good deal but I wanted to get your someones opinion on it first
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 2:18:42 AM

Meh. That's an overpriced graphics card (you don't need 2gb) and a PSU that can't handle 560 Ti SLI (it'd be very close, and I wouldn't stake my money on it). A good PSU will open the door to an easy upgrade.
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January 10, 2012 2:18:54 AM

That's a good combo. I think you could save about $60 by choosing the parts individually, but that combo certainly saves a lot of work and will get the job done.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 2:30:14 AM
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 2:32:56 AM

That's almost exactly the same as mine, but with an inferior motherboard.
nice HDD/case deal, though. Go for that. Can you manage $830 after rebates?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 2:40:32 AM

Uhhh.... Doing your total, you'd get to $900 before rebates...

You have to cut back some places to get it within the budget. The build I suggested is $828 before rebates, after rebates it's $800 flat. The board isn't bad and else where is good enough to last.
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January 10, 2012 2:42:35 AM

here is the best bang for the buck if u are not going to overclock and sli.

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., antec 300 or haf 912 are great alternatives that cost abit more. -$39.99 after coupon
processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$189.99
solid state hybrid http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $149.99
ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (4GB is enuff but u can get 8GB if u want since its cheap) -$19.99
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (it may be a cheap motherborad but its all that u need since u wont be overclocking and sli/xfire) - $59.99
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$59.99
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $289.99

total $810


thanks
rshim
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 10:06:16 PM

That's the best bang for the buck right now, but it won't last as long.
shinobi, you're right about the mobo.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 10:55:10 PM

^ Are you referring to the build I suggested? IMO Yes it would. The Board has Ivy Bridge support so there's the lifeline for the CPU, the board supports Gen3 therefore supporting PCI 3.0 if an Ivy Bridge chip is used and a 750w is good enough for 2 560 Ti's which would last awhile.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 11:11:55 PM

Nah, I was referring to rshim's. Yours is good.
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January 10, 2012 11:33:20 PM

Thanks for all the help everyone im going to get aznshinobi build it's great for the amount of money I have
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January 10, 2012 11:33:37 PM

Best answer selected by newguy_21.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 10, 2012 11:34:15 PM

Ahh sorry for the hostility.
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