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February 3, 2012 11:47:26 AM

Hi all,please share your opinions about my research :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: beginning of March

Budget Range: 700$ Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,light programming...

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS ,Case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: Azerbaijan(i will receive parts from my relative who lives in US)

Overclocking: If i can fit i5-2500K to my budget

SLI or Crossfire:Absolutely No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024,maybe will get another monitor

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Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5

ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

XFX Core Edition PRO550W

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

1)When will the HDD prices drop?
2)Is taking the best gtx560 and overclock it is better than taking a low-price gtx560TI?
3)Is 550W normal for my GPU?can this GPU run with 500W?
4)Should i downgrade RAM to 1333?
5)I think I don't need extreme3 gen3 because i'll not use iGPU,but can't find a decent P67 board for about 100$,can you help?
6)Can i run games at least in medium for 3-4 years with this build?

Thanks all in advance :) 
February 3, 2012 12:11:11 PM

On your monitor resoluiton a Radeon 6790 or 6850 is more than ehough.And you can buy 2500k.
February 3, 2012 12:11:43 PM

I suggest you upgrade your monitor first. All those parts would be a complete waste at 1280x1024.

That system should be running 1920x1080 to even consider it.

1) who knows
2)up to you
3)500w would be fine, unless it's a cheap crappo psu. (that XFX is excellent by the way)
4)again, up to you, 1333 is fine, 1600 is a little better.
5)The Extreme 3 Gen 3 is $117, so why not, it give you opportunity for xfire/sli and allows you to use on-cpu graphics if you need to (in event of graphics card failure).
6)Who wants to play the latest games at 1280x1024, the hardware is wasted at that resolution.
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February 3, 2012 12:15:27 PM

well i believe that you should get your parts first and then build your pc then get your monitor last, i did that before i upgraded my monitor first but my pc can hardly run on it so had to wait longer to build my pc that can run with my monitor well, lesson learned, so i believe you should do the same, build pc first then monitor later
February 3, 2012 12:32:57 PM

If you go for 2500k..or any sandbridge build...stick to 1333, but 1600 is fine to if it is cheaper.

If 2500k is not in budget go for the i3 2100 or i5 2400. Unless your dying to overclock. Most games will be fine on either of those at stock settings.

Again if your trying to save even more money go for a 6850/6870. These cards hold there own vs the pricey 560 560ti. I have the 560ti, and built a system with 6850 and you really won't notice a difference. And it will save you $50-$70. (I reccomend since your monitor is lacking)

Hitachi 500gb / 750gb hdd can be found for $70-$80.
February 3, 2012 1:00:40 PM

I agree that you should be looking at a 6850 instead of the 560ti because of your monitor resolution. But for what you have NOW, not what you may have later. As stated, this will give you the room to jump up to the i5-2500k for overclocking. I like your parts that you chose, especially the power supply and motherboard. If you overclock, however, you will need a cpu cooler, and the ram you chose may interfere with it. Here is a modified parts list I put together.

It comes out to $711 WITH the better cpu cooler (or $701 with the less expensive one) and the promo code for the GPU I listed applied. This allows you to get the cpu cooler and have the budget right around $700,

i5-2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Extreme3 Z68: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair 4GB ram (low profile): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX CorePro 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
right now it has a $20 promo code, listed on the product page
Seagate HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler options:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo (better): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sunbeam Core Contact (less expensive): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 3, 2012 1:34:40 PM

I WILL purchase a new Monitor,it's just matter of time...
with single monitor option,is AMD still recommended?If so,I'll go with 6870 :) 
And btw,who knows about releases of Ivy Bridge and GTX600/HD7000 series?I think i can hold on till then,and i'll have better budget if it's not christmas/2013 :) 
February 3, 2012 1:39:36 PM

So why are you changing the gpu now?

Ivy Bridge is March at the earliest. HD7000 is already out. GTX600, who knows.
February 3, 2012 2:00:38 PM

I don't think i can stay around anymore with GT7300 :D 
I need mainstream CPU,and mid-end GPU,will they be around sometime nowadays and how will be their prices?if comparable with the ones to today's,i'm w8ing :) 
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