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$ 700-899 gaming build( first timer here)

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January 20, 2012 4:25:47 AM

Hello,
Approximate Purchase Date: By mid-February (Using tax returns)

Budget Range: $900 MAX.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing bf3/cod/minecraft/anything while recording with fraps. to watchting youtube and browsing with multiple tabs open(talking 10-15)

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe (a possibility)

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless it falls into budget

Monitor Resolution: believe its 1080p hd


Parts i'm thinking about using.

Mobo:
No idea honestly.

video card (or the i5 2500k)
the sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case (if possible would like a cheaper one)

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD samsung f3 spinpoint
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

powersupply
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram g skill ddr3 1600 2 x 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


So as i am new to the building world what else do i need and what should i replace to save money and be better off?
January 20, 2012 4:35:33 AM

If you're gonna do some video editing you could consider upgrading to an i7-2600k.
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January 20, 2012 5:08:32 AM

First, let me say that it is probably best to hold off on the build until after the release of Ivy Bridge and the new generation of graphics card from both AMD and Nvidia. You could also save up a bit more in that time so you would have even more to spend when the time comes :D 

Anywho though, I made a rough sort of build for you to consider if you want your computer sooner rather than later.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3U5k

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $891.84
(Generated 2012-01-20 02:02 EST-0500)


First, yes, this will put you over budget, but this is kind of what I would see as your ideal build. First and biggest thing you could do, is that if you're not going to be doing much video editing, you can get along just fine with an i5-2500k. That would shave off $100 right there. You could also drop down to a 6850, but especially if you're wanting to play BF3, I suggest the 6870. So you or whoever else jumps on this thread can just take this list as a sort of starting point if nothing else.

Remember though, I would HIGHLY suggest waiting for Ivy Bridge and the new GPUs instead of continuing on with the build!
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January 20, 2012 5:52:06 AM


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $891.84
(Generated 2012-01-20 02:02 EST-0500)


Remember though, I would HIGHLY suggest waiting for Ivy Bridge and the new GPUs instead of continuing on with the build![/quotemsg]


thanks a lot! this is pretty much what i was looking for i would like to start in video editing so i will take your advice on that but whats the ivy bridge and whens it coming out?
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January 20, 2012 5:57:50 AM

Just looked it up. still don't really get it but i get the idea of waiting it looks like a new i-7 (is that right) and that would more than likely lead to the price of the 2600k going down
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January 20, 2012 1:43:08 PM

The simplest way to put it is that the Intel Ivy Bridge processor line is that it is a die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge processors ( which include the i3-2100, i5-2500k, etc). I can't give you exact numbers, but what this means in practical terms is that these new line of processors will get ~10-20% boost in processing power, MUCH better integrated graphics (which won't apply to you though since you'll have a discrete card), and less power draw to do it. The unlocked processors will most likely overclock even better than the current Sandy Bridge line too.

I wouldn't count on the Sandy Bridge processors going too far down in price after the release of ivy Bridge though. If you look on newegg, even older processors with outdated sockets like the core 2 quad go for $240. So, it's not an idea of waiting for the new i7 or i5 because it will save you money on the current ones and more about spending roughly the same amount and getting a better product.
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January 20, 2012 2:18:36 PM

right now microcenter also has 50 bucks off z68 mb when you buy 2500 or 2600 k processor together... just a fyi
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January 20, 2012 2:45:43 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 230$

Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 122$

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 255$ after M.I.R.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 47$

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 50$ after M.I.R.

PSU: Corsair TX650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 70$

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 85$

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 45$

DVD R/W: Whatever, up to 20$

PC - 924$

EDIT: Oh damn, you need windows... Downgrade that CPU to i3 2120 ( around 120$ and perfectly capable ).

EDIT 2: You can also get this GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is faster than the twin frozr ii ( overclocked ) but is also louder.
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January 20, 2012 3:19:57 PM

Seagate Barracuda 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767 - 85$
GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB $345
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $40
ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s $70
DVD Drive $18
Cooler Master Elite 430 $55
Antec ECO 620w $60
i5 2400 $190

Total: $863

If you can get to a microcenter, then get the i5 2400 for $160 w/ tax and then get the OS if you need it.
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January 20, 2012 5:13:10 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-- If you can get it at microcenter for cheaper.

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX $125($115 After MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Saphire 6870 1gb $165($145 After MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-- Weaker graphics card because of the budget.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 ~$45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-- Depending on which look you like

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 $60($50 After MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair TX650 $90($70 After MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: If you don't need it I recommend against getting one... they should be extinct now. ;) 

OS: Windows 7 Home 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $945
AFTER MIR: $885

At this budget its better off to get a 2500k rather than a 2600k although you think of video editing. This build has everything you need including the OS and you can't really cut down on anything to make room for a 2600k. EVO is best bang for buck, the hdd is the lowest priced reasonable size hdd, case is pretty cheap without going too cheap, ram is the lowest you can get for 8gb, a cheap non-modular psu by a good brand that will give sufficient power, and mobo is a low priced z68 mobo with good features and without sacrificing quality. So with the money after all this you can spend it on graphics and cpu. The 6870 and 2500k will offer the best balance with the remaining money IMO.
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January 20, 2012 7:35:39 PM

Thank again guys you're really helping me out!
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