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January 29, 2012 11:32:56 AM

Hello all I had originally posted yesterday and I left out a lot of crucial information to help people help me.

What I am looking for is a few build ideas for an inexpensive yet powerful PC that I could play WoW, SWToR and Diablo 3 on at max settings without dipping below the 60FPS I am looking for.

I do not need a few things to be part of the build:

A case, I will be buying a Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T


No need for an OS, I will be recycling my Windows 7 Ultimate because I retired the old PC.

Also, no need for a keyboard or mouse. I still use my G15 (the blue one) and my G9 Laser.

I hope that narrows it down a bit. I would love to see some suggestions on how to spend this the right way. I am also willing to go up to around the $700-750 mark if it really beefs performance, though if its not a great improvement I would prefer to stay around $600.

I am not really partial to AMD or Intel, I just want the most bang for my buck.

I would also love a few 24"-27" monitor suggestions, however that is not part of the build cost. The monitor should stay under $200 though.

Thank you all in advance!!!

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January 29, 2012 12:24:30 PM

samdsox said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a very expensive case for an only 600 djollar budget...does it count as part of ur budget?


No, the case is not part of the budget. I really wanted to select my own case because too often do I see people overlook the case as an important factor in a build. :) 
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January 29, 2012 12:43:00 PM

Do you have a microcenter with in driving distance?
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January 29, 2012 12:54:11 PM

samdsox said:
Do you have a microcenter with in driving distance?


Unfortunately no, I live in Boone County West Virginia... This is literally where the term "the boonies" came from. >.<

I will be doing all my ordering through newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and any other suggested sites as long as S&H + cost makes sense.
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January 29, 2012 1:04:34 PM

nunyaabidniss said:
Unfortunately no, I live in Boone County West Virginia... This is literally where the term "the boonies" came from. >.<

I will be doing all my ordering through newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and any other suggested sites as long as S&H + cost makes sense.



Roflmao sorry but a fellow west virginian here lol Randolph county though :p 
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January 29, 2012 1:20:48 PM

nunyaabidniss said:
Unfortunately no, I live in Boone County West Virginia... This is literally where the term "the boonies" came from. >.<

I will be doing all my ordering through newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and any other suggested sites as long as S&H + cost makes sense.


I drove 3 hours roundtrip to a Microcenter just yesterday and saved ~$115 on just the cpu (2500k) and mobo (Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3) over newegg prices, not counting shipping but counting tax at Microcenter. And I didn't have to wait for it to get here :) 

Just saying...

It's how I am fitting a 2500k/z68 combo into a budget gift build.
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January 29, 2012 1:25:51 PM

They have 1 in Northern Virginia/Fairfax and 1 in
Maryland
Beltway/Rockville and a few in
Ohio
Central Ohio/Columbus
Northeast Ohio/Mayfield Hts.
Cincinnati/Sharonville

Not sure if its feasible for you to take a drive to one of those (not familiar with all the wv roads)

Its like a 4+ hour drive though. :o 
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January 29, 2012 1:30:54 PM

I'm from the Pittsburgh area and somewhat familiar with WV - it would be about 3.5ish hours to the Columbus one, which is the closest to you. That's kind of a tough call - 7 hours round trip to get it "today" (well, whenever you make the drive) and save ~$100-115.

Maybe you can convince your significant other (or parents or friends - don't know how old you are) to take a trip to columbus for another reason and just happen to stop there ;) 
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January 29, 2012 1:38:28 PM

Wow, that's dumb. Why would they include a 2500k on an H61 chipset...?
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January 29, 2012 1:41:05 PM

For cheap costs i'd say but could always get a better motherboard later as thats still not bad for everything.
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January 29, 2012 1:43:46 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $653.35
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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50 dollars over budget but i think worth it- if you ever want to crossfire your going to need a more powerful powersupply though. Like 650 to 700 watts-possible this one ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... like 20 dollars more after rebate then the 500 watt power supply
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January 29, 2012 1:48:26 PM

He doesn't need the case or windows - otherwise +1 to Samdsox build.

And he could get it under budget if he uses the HDD out of his existing PC until prices on those come back down.

One comment on the Extreme3 though is that it doesn't have internal USB3.0 headers for front ports. That's why I went with the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3. The Extreme4 added those.
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January 29, 2012 2:01:23 PM

For gaming, NOTHING compares to an i5-2500k at his budget, so suggesting AMD is pointless.
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January 29, 2012 2:07:19 PM

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

And yes i agree it is an awsome power house for games. Still Amd processors are cheaper by far and may not beat the top of the class intels in all things they still have a place in gaming for mid-high level cpus.
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January 29, 2012 2:17:17 PM

zolton33 said:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

And yes i agree it is an awsome power house for games. Still Amd processors are cheaper by far and may not beat the top of the class intels in all things they still have a place in gaming for mid-high level cpus.


Passmark doesn't measure gaming performance, btw. And only one AMD proc is in the upper end of that list - and it's the FX-8150 that's priced higher than the 2500k...
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January 29, 2012 2:21:24 PM

Guess you missed the AMD Opteron 6272 thats rated 10,245 the best benchmark is at 14,826 and its an Intel Core i7-3960X and it surpasses the i5 in that benchmark.

(as a note i don't 100% trust benchmarks but they serve their purpose in giving you a general idea for the cpu before you buy it)
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January 29, 2012 2:26:46 PM

zolton33 said:
Guess you missed the AMD Opteron 6272 thats rated 10,245 the best benchmark is at 14,826 and its an Intel Core i7-3960X and it surpasses the i5 in that benchmark.

(as a note i don't 100% trust benchmarks but they serve their purpose in giving you a general idea for the cpu before you buy it)


I discounted the Opterons just like I did the Xeons. They're server procs. If you count all the Xeons, Intel simply dominates.
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January 29, 2012 2:31:20 PM

inanition02 said:
I discounted the Opterons just like I did the Xeons. They're server procs. If you count all the Xeons, Intel simply dominates.



Where did i say that at this moment intel doesn't have the better cpu? All i'm saying is that amd cpus are a good bargain in costs compared to the intel chips and while they are not the top class they do well in games.
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January 29, 2012 7:18:00 PM

Looks like the i5 is the way to go. So now that we have that out of the way, I am struggling with the Mobo...

I am not familiar with ASRock other than I guess it's the step child of ASUS? That right? Anyway, I have used Gigabyte boards for years and I love them so far. Anything you folks could show me to sway me one way or another?

...

Looks like I have selected the PSU and CPU:

Intel i5 2500k $199 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52500k

Corsair HX750 $144 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...

I am going to be pulling a 500GB HD from my old box until the prices come back down. This should free up the extra $$ needed for the PSU I chose.

So what am I left with... mobo, GPU, RAM and an optical drive.

I realize that I am going to be spending more than anticipated on this build after really getting into it... My wife and I have discussed it and honestly she doesn't care as long as I take her shopping lol

So feel free to push the envelope a bit, I have a total of about $1000 that I am setting the limit at for myself.


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January 29, 2012 7:35:01 PM

Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 (Z68) seems to be the best for absolute frame rate right now. I'd go with the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 personally.

Do you happen to live by a Microcenter? ( www.microcenter.com ) If so, you can get a 2500k & either of those mobos together for $100 less than newegg.
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January 29, 2012 8:01:32 PM

nunyaabidniss said:
Looks like the i5 is the way to go. So now that we have that out of the way, I am struggling with the Mobo...

I am not familiar with ASRock other than I guess it's the step child of ASUS? That right? Anyway, I have used Gigabyte boards for years and I love them so far. Anything you folks could show me to sway me one way or another?

...

Looks like I have selected the PSU and CPU:

Intel i5 2500k $199 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52500k

Corsair HX750 $144 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...

I am going to be pulling a 500GB HD from my old box until the prices come back down. This should free up the extra $$ needed for the PSU I chose.

So what am I left with... mobo, GPU, RAM and an optical drive.

I realize that I am going to be spending more than anticipated on this build after really getting into it... My wife and I have discussed it and honestly she doesn't care as long as I take her shopping lol

So feel free to push the envelope a bit, I have a total of about $1000 that I am setting the limit at for myself.


Hi. I don't know about the others but I am a little bit confused now.
Are you saying that you can now spend max $1000 on CPU, PSU, mobo, GPU, RAM and optical drive?
And what about the monitor you asked before?
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January 29, 2012 8:07:41 PM

Yes. Sorry to confuse people... I have $1000 to spend on everything minus case, HD and monitor. So mobo, CPU, GPU, PSU, RAM, optical drive all for $1000.
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January 29, 2012 8:08:49 PM

Also, if possible a 120gb SSD would be sweet.
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January 29, 2012 8:42:52 PM

Then the two things you decided are great (Intel i5 2500k $199 and Corsair HX750 $144) and they cost $343.
Now for about $650:

Mobo:ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18
SSD 120GB (you asked): OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289 (at 797Mhz that this beast is clocked is faster than stock 570 and 6970 and its for less money.)

Total: $979

I hope this helps :) 
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January 29, 2012 10:34:18 PM

Memnarchon said:
Then the two things you decided are great (Intel i5 2500k $199 and Corsair HX750 $144) and they cost $343.
Now for about $650:

Mobo:ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18
SSD 120GB (you asked): OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159
GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289 (at 797Mhz that this beast is clocked is faster than stock 570 and 6970 and its for less money.)

Total: $979

I hope this helps :) 



Absolutely, and thank you.
I do have a question though, what makes the ASRock board so good? It seems to be the common denominator from almost all posters here. >.<
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January 29, 2012 11:49:10 PM

nunyaabidniss said:
Absolutely, and thank you.
I do have a question though, what makes the ASRock board so good? It seems to be the common denominator from almost all posters here. >.<


Well its like a cheat. It can offer same features as Gigabyte, MSI and Asus do at $50 less price. Also Asus is behind Asrock so I think its a solid choice for $50 less. I guess this is what everyone thinks...
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January 30, 2012 12:35:02 AM

Memnarchon said:
Well its like a cheat. It can offer same features as Gigabyte, MSI and Asus do at $50 less price. Also Asus is behind Asrock so I think its a solid choice for $50 less. I guess this is what everyone thinks...


Basically it's cheap and the FPS-king (by a few FPS) but is somewhat less durable than the Gigabyte alternatives.

I will note that the Extreme3 does NOT have a header for front USB 3.0 ports, if that's something you want. That's only on the Extreme4.
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January 30, 2012 2:37:24 AM

So I think I am really liking this mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have read quite a few reviews tomshardware has done and other than the fact that it only has 2 PCIe slots for SLIx2 or XFx2 rather than three it seems really solid. Also the tiny decrease in max OC capability does not bother me. I wont be OCing to any outrageous numbers.

What do you guys think?

Also, I have seen random posts about a Sabertooth board, comments?
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January 30, 2012 2:48:08 AM

Looks like a solid board. I would get it. :) 
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January 30, 2012 4:17:45 AM

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January 30, 2012 8:36:16 AM

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