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Best bang for your buck?

Hi,

I'm looking to build a new system. I'm tech savvy enough to know what parts I would be buying should they be suggested, and if they're valued by their customers as they are priced. I'm seeking to play games such as TERA and Blade & Soul - games alike and maybe of higher graphic intensity in the future. I would like to play these games flawlessly or with extremely little to no FPS drop and stuttering - I'm seeking reliable, durable hardware that's known best for its performance to handle crazed environments @ 1920x1080 resolution. Of course, what I'm asking for is probably either impossible or extremely expensive, but the general idea is conveyed.

Budget: $500-$600 (includes shipping.) If absolutely necessary, my maximum is $675.00.
I do not need the following components:

-PSU (Currently have a Corsair 650W PSU, if this needs to be upgraded then so be it)
-Monitor
-OS
-Keyboard + Mouse
-Soundcard
-GPU (GTX 260 -- I'm guessing this needs to be upgraded, it's a 2009 make.)
-HDD (Currently a 500GB @ 7200RPM by SeaGate)
-CD-Rom Bay

I'm ideally seeking to obtain a setup that includes a quality CPU and at least 6-8 GB of RAM.

Thank you!
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-performance-gaming,3097.html

    since you already have some components [ psu , hard drive , cd? or DVD ]you can upgrade some parts .

    Budget Gaming case options
    Antec 300
    Antec 300 two [ new with usb3 front ports ]
    Coolermaster HAF 912

    A motherboard with a Z68 chipset . Asrock make some highly spec'ed and good value models
  2. You don't say what CPU you currently have. Most 'crazed' environments would be BF3 currently at Ultra eye candy settings. You can get ~55FPS with a GTX 580 which is a $450 range video card. Oddly, BF3 isn't real fussy about the number of CPU cores.
    The games you mention are MMO's and probably don't require much more than a $200 range video card even for high graphic settings.
    So......do you plan to play anything other than MMO's?
  3. I would say go for the following.

    I5 2500K, 8GB Ram Corsairs XMS 3 check for the 1.5V, Asus Z68 board and Radeon 6950.
  4. DelroyMonjo said:
    You don't say what CPU you currently have. Most 'crazed' environments would be BF3 currently at Ultra eye candy settings. You can get ~55FPS with a GTX 580 which is a $450 range video card. Oddly, BF3 isn't real fussy about the number of CPU cores.
    The games you mention are MMO's and probably don't require much more than a $200 range video card even for high graphic settings.
    So......do you plan to play anything other than MMO's?


    Thanks everyone for your replies. No, I don't plan on playing anything other than MMORPG's. Again, my budget is extremely limited and, there are other components to consider, dishing it all into a GTX 580 would deplete me. I currently have a E6600 Core 2 Duo...one of the first ones made, if not, the first. It's 2.4GHz.

    @joewena: Thanks for your reply. I'm looking for something a little different than what you currently own... :-P
  5. how about i5, 8gb ram , and gtx570

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - $189.99
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527 - $53.99
    GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426 - $39.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125384 - $329.99 - $20MIR
    GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $613.96 - $20MIR

    or 4gb ram to go cheaper

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425 - $25.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

    Total: $599.96 - $20MIR
  6. drunkducki said:
    how about i5, 8gb ram , and gtx570

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - $189.99
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527 - $53.99
    GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426 - $39.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125384 - $329.99 - $20MIR
    GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $613.96 - $20MIR

    or 4gb ram to go cheaper

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425 - $25.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

    Total: $599.96 - $20MIR


    Thanks for your reply. I was thinking about Corsair 8GB and a lower-end graphics card than a 570. A 570 is a bit extreme for MMORPG games, and that would probably put me over considering I would more than likely need at least a 700W PSU. That motherboard is awfully inexpensive compared to the one's that people have already mentioned...are you sure that's a good one?
  7. your 650w corsair is more than enough to power gtx570.

    that is one basic mobo that lacks alot of features. it has only 2 memory slots, no usb3.0, no sataIII, no OC and no sli/xfire. If you want any of those features you should consider a different board.
  8. No, I'm not looking for OC, SLI or Xfire at all. Not even in the future. My 650W is two years old (purchased March 26th, 2010) and I'm a pretty heavy on the gaming. Are you sure the 650W would suffice? My friends are expressing some concern that it may not put out since it's getting old.
  9. Oh...well, in that case. Does DDR 1333 or DDR3 1600 really have significant differences in performance? I was hoping to use the 1600. But for now, I was looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233132

    What do you think?
  10. Best answer
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/sandy-bridge-ddr3_8.html#sect0

    1600 better? yes. significant? no. if you are going for a 1600 ram that means you need to dish out more money for a board that runs 1600 as well.

    for a budget bang for the buck machine i would use the money towards cpu and gpu.
  11. I see. Are there any other motherboards you would reocmmend? One of the ones I wanted are out of stock and Micro ATX just seems way too small for my components if I plan on investing in a 570...
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 - $104.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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