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January 24, 2012 2:08:42 PM

I haven't built a comp from scratch before so I really need your help ppl, please.

I already bought the following:
1x Radeon 6950 2G - Cost $240
1x 128Gb SSD - Cost $140
1x 500W PSU - Cost $25 off a friend. (only used 1week)

I seriously have no idea what Mobo to get or processor to get. I think the I7 2600K is slightly expensive for budget so I'm looking for an AMD equivalent of just shy of it's performance.

Please recommend Mobo, Processor, Ram and Case all under whats left after spending $405 =

$595 for best performance for HD gaming. Thank you!


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January 24, 2012 2:56:51 PM

you dont need an amd equivalent especially since it doesnt exist. just get the 2500k it does exactly the same in gaming. well within 1%.
jump on newegg search for a 2500k and scroll down to the mid/bottom and click on "Browse more combos" then find a good processor mobo combo.
add ram separately or find a ram case combo much the same way.
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January 24, 2012 3:22:03 PM

If gaming is your primary focus you could go with a i5-2500K - you don't need the 2600K unless you're doing some heavy duty video editing or working with, say, CS5.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $489
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January 24, 2012 3:31:20 PM

Best not go with AMD, as farrengottu says, 2500k is the best option for gaming at the moment. = around $230

Mobo should be an Asus or MSI (out of experience) and better not take the Z68 pro3 Asrock's (i've had 2 broken ones in a couple of months) and the MSI GD65 z68a (g3) i am using now is very user friendly, plus very stable, solid caps, 8 phases around the processor and solid ferrit cores.
GD55 is basically the same, but with some sata ports less.
Asus overall is a brand i have always had as a motherboard, without problems too mostly. = around $150

Case of choise (Antec P183 is nice)
= around $140

Corsair xms 8gb 1600mhz ddr3
= around $45


Makes 565 Bucks if i am correct.

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January 24, 2012 3:32:28 PM

The GD55 is around $150 i mean :) 
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January 24, 2012 3:37:54 PM

+1 i5-2500K or wait a few months for Ivy bridge
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January 24, 2012 3:44:08 PM

skrendie said:
Best not go with AMD, as farrengottu says, 2500k is the best option for gaming at the moment. = around $230

Mobo should be an Asus or MSI (out of experience) and better not take the Z68 pro3 Asrock's (i've had 2 broken ones in a couple of months) and the MSI GD65 z68a (g3) i am using now is very user friendly, plus very stable, solid caps, 8 phases around the processor and solid ferrit cores.
GD55 is basically the same, but with some sata ports less.
Asus overall is a brand i have always had as a motherboard, without problems too mostly. = around $150

Case of choise (Antec P183 is nice)
= around $140

Corsair xms 8gb 1600mhz ddr3
= around $45


Makes 565 Bucks if i am correct.


That really makes no sense to get such an expensive case for such a tight budget. I'd rather spend a bit more on the motherboard or even get a better PSU or even an SSD than a $140 case when there's plenty of excellent ones for $60 - $70 range.
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January 24, 2012 3:50:28 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That really makes no sense to get such an expensive case for such a tight budget. I'd rather spend a bit more on the motherboard or even get a better PSU than a $140 case when there's plenty of excellent ones for $60 - $70 range.


Ofcourse a case is a matter of taste and what you are willing to do with it. Willing to overclock someday, than a case of 70 bucks will not give you a great future. Want a low noise environment, a case of 70 buck will not give you that satisfaction. Othere than that its taste.

You could go for a Corsair PSU that's around 800 watt (around $100), so you can put an extra 6950 on your motherboard in the future.
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January 24, 2012 3:54:17 PM

skrendie said:
Ofcourse a case is a matter of taste and what you are willing to do with it. Willing to overclock someday, than a case of 70 bucks will not give you a great future. Want a low noise environment, a case of 70 buck will not give you that satisfaction. Othere than that its taste.

You could go for a Corsair PSU that's around 800 watt (around $100), so you can put an extra 6950 on your motherboard in the future.


I do agree that case preference is a matter of taste but again I think it doesn't make sense to spend a sizeable portion of your budget on it when you can get, say an HAF 912 for $60 and it does everything you need it to. If noise is a factor most case makers have become really wise to that and have adjusted included fans and things like that accordingly.

And if you're going to overclock, why not get a good aftermarket cooling solution like a Hyper 212 Evo?

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January 24, 2012 4:10:21 PM

When i saw you were running it from 500 watt, i just had to recommend a new PSU. 500 watts is ok but may not stable. now if your not planning on Crossfiring/SLI. Then a 650watt would handle just fine and still have enough headroom for another drive. i like having a few extra watts so everything is still stable but also if your definitely going to add a second 6950 or even switch to NVIDIA and run crossfire then your gonna need at 700 or 750 (recommended.) If you want to save money and still get acceptable performance, just get a AMD chip you will save some money for that second card and Crossfire runs good on AMD.

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January 24, 2012 4:11:35 PM

Rockdpm said:
When i saw you were running it from 500 watt, i just had to recommend a new PSU. 500 watts is ok but may not stable. now if your not planning on Crossfiring/SLI. Then a 650watt would handle just fine and still have enough headroom for another drive. i like having a few extra watts so everything is still stable but also if your definitely going to add a second 6950 or even switch to NVIDIA and run crossfire then your gonna need at 700 or 750 (recommended.) If you want to save money and still get acceptable performance, just get a AMD chip you will save some money for that second card and Crossfire runs good on AMD.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the PSU was a bit underpowered. A Corsair TX750 will handle dual 6950's with no problems.
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January 24, 2012 6:48:57 PM

Also If I get the I5 2500 with the GD55 Mobo - will my Radeon 6950 work well since its AMD and the Mobo could favor intel ?
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January 24, 2012 6:59:07 PM

dravan said:
What about the LEXA Case $89 --- is it any good ?
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=43210&vpn=LEXA%20S&manufac...

Is it large enough for the Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128498 ... MSI GD65 z68a (g3) ?
Also the 6950 is very large and didn't fit in my old Case/Mobo both were too small, reason why im rebuilding acutally. anyhow. Is the Lexa large enough for the Mobo and GPU ?


That board is standard ATX but I would really consider a different board - I'm not a fan of MSI and I've had way too many of theirs fail on me (had a 870a die on me after 3 days of using it).

That case is decent but I'm not a fan of cases with doors and this one seems to be a bit older and will lack a few features (like cable management). For that price try something like the Corsair Carbide 400R: http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=61928&vpn=CC%2D9011011%2DW....

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Also If I get the I5 2500 with the GD55 Mobo - will my Radeon 6950 work well since its AMD and the Mobo could favor intel ?


Yes. GPUs are not CPU specific. The only time it would favor is that AMD puts a few extra codecs (called "AMD Vision") in that will streamline the Radeon better with AMD CPUs but you really won't notice any performance gains if you use one CPU over the other.
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January 24, 2012 7:54:41 PM

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January 24, 2012 7:56:09 PM

THANK YOU ALL,

SPECIAL THX TO g-unit1111
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January 24, 2012 8:50:04 PM

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