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I am doing some major upgrades to a five year old mini tower computer i found. Im on a pretty low budget...like 550
i have a case etc. so i just need a power supply, motherboard, cpu (planning to get i5 2500k), graphics card, and ssd
im planning to do things like play games like bf3, mw3, crysis2, etc.
planning to buy from newegg or microcenter whichever has better deal
im planning to reuse this moniter: 19" lcd moniter 1280 x 1024 @ 75hz

cpu: intel i5 2500k-180
motherboard:something cheap that can overclock
powersupply: OCZ ZS Series 650w or 550w (how much do i need)
ssd: ocz corsair force series 3 90gb (120)
ram: like a 40 dollar gb g skill or patriot
graphics card: whatever i need to play games like bf3 in standard graphics with no lag, maybe something like gigabyte gtx 550ti? (120 dollars)
gettting 3 fans like 30 dollars
cooler: will get it later so not included in this

total so far: 340
so like 200 dollars for motherboard and graphics

Thanks!
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  1. Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    - I have this and it's been great so far! My 2600k overclocks nicely at 4.5GHz. I probably can go higher though.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
    - It's more expensive than the 550Ti, but way out performs it (550Ti is about equal to a 6770). If you can't afford that, you could drop down to a 6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161384
  2. yougotjaked said:
    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    - I have this and it's been great so far! My 2600k overclocks nicely at 4.5GHz. I probably can go higher though.

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
    - It's more expensive than the 550Ti, but way out performs it (550Ti is about equal to a 6770). If you can't afford that, you could drop down to a 6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161384


    isnt this better than the 6850?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410

    also, im tight on budget so could u recommend a cheaper mobo?
    thanks :)
  3. jamesoh0 said:
    isnt this better than the 6850?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410

    also, im tight on budget so could u recommend a cheaper mobo?
    thanks :)
    No the 6850 is faster than the 550Ti: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-7.html

    And this is the cheapest decent board I could find for your needs; I can't really recommend anything cheaper, as they are all H61/H67 boards, which don't support overclocking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230
  4. yougotjaked said:
    No the 6850 is faster than the 550Ti: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-7.html

    And this is the cheapest decent board I could find for your needs; I can't really recommend anything cheaper, as they are all H61/H67 boards, which don't support overclocking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230


    would this not work?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    and how does this compare to the one u recommended? its a z68 :D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319
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    jamesoh0 said:
    would this not work?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    and how does this compare to the one u recommended? its a z68 :D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319
    The Biostar one is better as it has two PCI-E 2.0 slots versus one, which only matters if you're ever going to go SLI or Crossfire. It also has a 3 year warranty versus 2 year on the ASRock ones. Plus you'd get the bonus Z68 features like SSD caching and support for integrated graphics. You'd really be limiting yourself with the Z68M. It only has 1 PCI-E 2.0 slot and 2 memory slots. So basically what I'm getting at is if you can afford the Biostar one, get it. In the future, you'll be glad you spend that extra few bucks :D
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