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February 1, 2012 2:05:28 AM

Budget:600-650$

Parts not needed:win7 mouse keyboard monitor

Overclocking:no

Sli:no

Preferred websites:Any with cheap parts=newegg ncix

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Help me get the best out of 650$ of a gaming computer? I want to run high settings on most games... Prefer i5 2500k and gtx 560ti.. i am not very good at computer parts so please help me get the best of 650$ and able to run high settings on most games such as swtor,bf3, and etc.

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February 1, 2012 2:20:04 AM

Unless you have a microcenter locally and get the 2500k + mobo combo on the cheap, it's going to be exceptionally difficult to do a 2500k any justice on this budget.

2500K $199.99 @ NCIX
Asrock Extreme3 $117.99 @ Newegg
Gigabyte 560ti 1Gb $209.99 @ Amazon

That's $530 right there and it represents pretty much the lowest entry prices on each part if you want x8/x8. That leaves $120 for memory, case, hsf, psu, hdd and DVD. Not exactly viable.

edit: Something you may consider is browsing different forums' WTS/WTT sections. Lots of times you can get significant discounts on parts that work great, it's just that people are upgrading to newer configurations like the 7970/7950 and the soon to be released 3820. I don't know how you feel about buying 2nd hand but if you stick to reputable forums and make sure your seller has good heat/ebay reviews it'll help eliminate issues.

I've considered this route on a few occasions, especially during times like these when you can find people unloading gpus like the 6950 2GB already unlocked for $200-250 a pop. If I were to buy this new it'd be a minimum $260 dollar purchase with little chance of finding a new card that can be unlocked. Just something to consider.
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February 1, 2012 2:32:27 AM

As a4mula said, I don't think a 2500k will fit the budget.
If you do, you would have little room for anything else, that $120 dollars left after you buy the 2500k, mobo and GFX card will probably only buy you the HDD, since the prices are astronomical on HDDs.

You could maybe try to fit in a i5 2300? But if not, I'd highly recommend an i3 2100, or a Phenom II 960T. I made a build with that i3 and it amazes me how well that dual core performs on games. You could also save a little bit and buy a 6870HD it will run most games on high/max.
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February 1, 2012 2:36:37 AM
February 1, 2012 2:39:34 AM

Avoid that PSU, Raidmax isn't very well know. A good quality PSU is very important when buying a gaming rig.

I'd also try to get a case with some fans, you might risk overheating w/o it.
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February 1, 2012 2:41:20 AM

Raidmax PSU is just asking for trouble.

Also you'll be unable to overclock with the H61. Need to find P67 or Z68 and an aftermarket HSF like the CM 212+ for that ability.
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February 1, 2012 2:55:48 AM

Sorry for being ridiculous.... I had a fantasy.... I have a budget of 600 so waht is the best that can still run me on high settings...
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February 1, 2012 3:16:44 AM

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Intel DH67BLB3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.95 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Mwave)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 350W ATX Power Supply ($33.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $627.86
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-01 00:16 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2012 3:18:39 AM

Well with what you are trying to do, your gonna probably have to do one of 3 things, A) plan on saving a few more dollars to get what you want, B) settle for a little less but still get a good gaming setup, or C) watchdog the hell out of places like pricewatch, newegg, amazon, ebay, and hope something goes on special. I tried like hell to come up with something that would be close to what you wanted, but the closest I could come was $700.00. Here is what I came up with, and this would actually run anything out there, hell my 460 did before I traded up to my new card.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that came to $700.92. The problem your running into right now I am afraid is its right after the holidays and all the good deals have gone bye bye so prices have gone up a bit. Still, if you watch amazon, or Ebay really closely, every once in a while you'll find a great deal on new stuff, as a matter of fact I just picked up a brand new gaming keyboard that normal goes for 90 bucks, and I paid 40 for it, so those deals are out there, you just gotta look. Hope this helps!


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February 1, 2012 3:21:46 AM

bob lightnin said:
Avoid that PSU, Raidmax isn't very well know. A good quality PSU is very important when buying a gaming rig.

I'd also try to get a case with some fans, you might risk overheating w/o it.


Actually I own that PSU, have owned it for over 3 years now with no problems. Most of the problems that folks have had with that are people that buy it and try to crossfire 4890's, or SLI GTX 260's, and those folks obviously arent thinking. Fans are always a good idea though.
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