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January 27, 2012 2:55:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.
Budget Range: $700ish (before rebates, taxes not included)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, video editing, watching movies
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: NOT Foxconn, Biostar, ATX mobo
Overclocking: Nope
SLI or Crossfire: Nope
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Here's what I have right now: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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January 27, 2012 3:11:46 AM

Oh man, how did I forgot that? Alright fixed that up.

What's the big difference between Neo Eco and Earthwatts? Is it worth the extra money?
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January 27, 2012 3:24:42 AM

Intel Core i3-2130 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32130
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$164.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since you won't be overclocking and you won't be doing SLI you can make a few changes for the better here.
You change the cpu to the i3-2130 which is a dual core but has hyperthreading so it has four logical cores and has a high base clock speed of 3.4ghz.

The savings from that can go towards additional ram at a higher mhz (1600) and more of it (8gb) since you have Windows 64bit. More ram is always better.

Then the 6870 is a higher model video card the has a $20 rebate and ends up less than the 6850 , since you are not going SLI/Crossfire then you do want to get the best video card you can afford.

With these changes you end up with a better Pc for less.
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January 27, 2012 3:33:29 AM

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Isn't having a true quad core CPU more advantageous then having a dual core w/ HT?

You can't use those logical cores for gaming, right? And couldn't I save $20 by going with the i3 2120? I read that 100Mhz doesn't radically increase performance, I don't think that $20 is worth the 100Mhz increase in clock speed.
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January 27, 2012 3:41:09 AM

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59,99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money saved from the changes I suggested ($20) it would further reduce the cost of either power supply. The antec Neo and Earthwatts both do not come with a power cord so you would have to get one and if you have an old power supply then you could use the cord from that. Buying one would increase the cost of the psu.
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January 27, 2012 3:49:22 AM

clfy23 said:
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Isn't having a true quad core CPU more advantageous then having a dual core w/ HT?

You can't use those logical cores for gaming, right? And couldn't I save $20 by going with the i3 2120? I read that 100Mhz doesn't radically increase performance, I don't think that $20 is worth the 100Mhz increase in clock speed.



The components that I have listed are just an example of what you can get and by no means would it be considered a final option. The reson for posting these suggestions is so you can piece together a good build for yourself.
As for the cpu there are only a few games that actually take advantage of four cores so a dual core is good for gaming and I tried to get the highest base ghz because you were not going to be overclocking. Yes you could save an additional $20 by going with the 2120.
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January 27, 2012 3:50:49 AM

$100 isn't. $20 is.
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January 27, 2012 3:51:28 AM

I think I will end up going with a dual core, because as you said, most games use dual core. I just did a quick search on my game list and only BF3, BC2, and a few others use more then 2 cores. Thanks for the help inzone.
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January 27, 2012 3:54:28 AM

Your welcome and I hope that your build goes smoothly and if you do go with those changes then you should have a better performing Pc.
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January 27, 2012 4:03:38 AM

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January 27, 2012 10:34:41 AM

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