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January 20, 2012 11:04:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $700 or less After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for parts: any

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: have been looking at i5 2500k

Overclocking: maybe


OK guys looking for a gaming computer for $700 or less. I have been looking at this Barebones kit but just want to make sure the psu won't kill it. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I know I will need a video card and windows. I have this video card would it be OK in the type of system I want or do I need to get a better one? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I plan on playing Diablo 3 (if it ever comes out) and guild wars 2. Maybe skyrim

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January 20, 2012 11:06:35 AM

Oh forgot to mention I am willing to piece together a system for better components as long as it's within the same price range.
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January 21, 2012 4:36:17 PM

Cmon guys someone please let me know if that Barebones kit is decent. I'm wanting to get this computer ordered soon. The only possible problems I can see are the case not cooling enough and the psu not being powerfull enough to run the system with a gpu properly but I don't know much about psu's so I need someone to help me out. Help a fellow gamer out!


Edit: Would Overclocking be possible with that motherboard?
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January 21, 2012 4:52:35 PM

Hi there
I don't suggest you planning about OC-ing if you're going to go with Intel
Sure you can go with AMD and OC,but i5-2400 is decent as it can be
Ok i'll give a part list to you,but say if you need OS or already have
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January 21, 2012 5:03:00 PM

CPU...Intel Core i5-2400(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
$190$

MB...ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
122$

GPU...ASUS ENGTX560 DCII(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
200$

RAM...G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
47$

PSU...XFX Core Edition PRO550W(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
70$

HDD...Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
70$

Total 700$ without OS and Case

EDIT:if you want to fit Case in your budget,you can save 20$ with going with 4GB ram,and 20-30$ with getting another gtx560 car and you're good to go :) 
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January 21, 2012 5:36:19 PM

Wait your saying NOT to oc with Intel?? Everything I have read says there is no problem ocing with Intel.

What about the Barebones kit I linked to? Would it work for what I want?
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January 21, 2012 5:49:32 PM

For OC-ing,you need 2500K or 2600K(which the barebone you show has)
Barebone you want has poor MB(by poor i meant poorly upgradable) and not-so high PSU,except that Barebone is good
But this barebone has a major issue that i5-2500K will be overkill for your system(or MB will be bottleneck),so i suggest you build custom one with i5-2400 or even i3 but with a decent GPU(in gaming,it means a lot)
and btw,Videocard you linked is just a crap,you need something like gtx560(nvidia) or HD6870(AMD/old ATI)
EDIT:for OC-ing you also need a compatible MB,but the one in barebone doesn't,so that barebone is useless...
We can help you build more decent build :) 
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January 21, 2012 5:54:48 PM

the i5-2400 doesn't overclock significantly.

instead of the 560 for $200, I'd suggest the HD 6870 at $150, and use the $50 saved for a decent case (Rosewill Challenger U3 would be nice)
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January 21, 2012 6:05:40 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the i5-2400 doesn't overclock significantly.

But for his budget,i think it's a good idea.isn't it?
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January 21, 2012 10:33:21 PM

Ok what if I don't OC? Could I get the barebones and add a decent video card? When you say the MB is not upgradeable do you mean in the future? Would the PS be enough to power a gpu?
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January 22, 2012 4:33:41 AM

If you don't OC,then 2500K is absolutely Overkill,when you can just buy i5-2400 for the nearly same performance
look for other barebones,with i5-2400 and something better about PSU and MB
Yes i mean in future
you need at least HD6850 or 550TI(150$) for decent gaming,and i think with 550Ti,your PSU shold be fine
I'm repeating that look for other barebones or build your own...
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January 23, 2012 10:33:59 PM

How do you tell if a mobo is overclockable?
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January 24, 2012 6:09:25 AM

You have to choose a chipset of P67 or Z68...the 1 you show has H61M
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