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February 11, 2012 6:38:50 AM

Hello everyone, thank you for looking into this thread to help a newbie out.

I recently purchased a Galaxy 56NKH3HS4GNK GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i wanted to see what kind of a gaming build i can make to maximize my new video card.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Preferably this week. I can wait if new items are about to come out though)

Budget Range: ($1200-1500) After Rebate if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Watching videos, surfing the web, and occasionally photoshop)

Parts Not Required: (Video Card, Win 7 OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com)

Country: (Not sure about this question. I live in US Cali)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Since i bought a Geforce, does it mean Intel? Honestly not an issue for me.)

Overclocking: Preferably not since I am not familiar with over clocking. If it is a must I don't mind learning.

SLI or Crossfire: Id prefer not buying another video card since I have one already.

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (Im a gamer and i want to get ready for Dota 2, Diablo 3, and get into Star wars old republic.)


I believe that is it, if I forgot to add other information, please feel free to comment.


Thank you in advance,


Steve

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February 11, 2012 6:51:43 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $713.92
For 100$ more you can buy an SSD for OS and other softwares Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 11, 2012 7:16:01 AM
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February 11, 2012 7:24:50 AM

The same to you.
















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February 11, 2012 8:23:17 AM

Wow thanks for such a quick response hellfire24 and sosofm!! You guys both agree upon the CPU and Mobo, which I was worried about the most. However, I was wondering if it would be worth going all the way for an i7? I know that the articles on Tom's Hardware says there are diminishing returns after the i5, but I was wondering what other people thought about this.

Also, for the PSW, is 750W the norm? I made a budget computer about 2 years with a 500W PSW and im wondering if it would be better just to get the highest amount possible to prepare for the future.
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February 11, 2012 8:34:56 AM

If you do other things ( 3D , Multitasking,video encoding ) the 2600k is better. If is just for gaming the 2500k is enough.
If you want a future SLI you need a powerfull PSU.And that what recomended @hellfire24 is good for SLI. If you don't SLI that Seasonic what is recomended is enough even for future video card upgrades. ( 580 , 7970 )
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February 11, 2012 9:17:00 AM

but don't underestimate 2500k! it's one of the best cpu at the moment(and i think best
value for money product too :D  )
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February 11, 2012 1:50:59 PM

khkim said:
Hello everyone, thank you for looking into this thread to help a newbie out.

I recently purchased a Galaxy 56NKH3HS4GNK GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i wanted to see what kind of a gaming build i can make to maximize my new video card.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Preferably this week. I can wait if new items are about to come out though)

Budget Range: ($1200-1500) After Rebate if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Watching videos, surfing the web, and occasionally photoshop)

Parts Not Required: (Video Card, Win 7 OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com)

Country: (Not sure about this question. I live in US Cali)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Since i bought a Geforce, does it mean Intel? Honestly not an issue for me.)

Overclocking: Preferably not since I am not familiar with over clocking. If it is a must I don't mind learning.

SLI or Crossfire: Id prefer not buying another video card since I have one already.

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (Im a gamer and i want to get ready for Dota 2, Diablo 3, and get into Star wars old republic.)


I believe that is it, if I forgot to add other information, please feel free to comment.


Thank you in advance,


Steve



Since you live in Calif. Compare the prices from three different stores namely: FRY's. Newegg and Micro Center. I bought my i5 2500K CPU in Micro Center for only $179.00 its the cheapest I've ever found.
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February 11, 2012 1:54:43 PM

aqe040466 said:
Since you live in Calif. Compare the prices from three different stores namely: FRY's. Newegg and Micro Center. I bought my i5 2500K CPU in Micro Center for only $179.00 its the cheapest I've ever found.



And microcenter is having a feal where you get so much off your motherboard if you buy both your cpu and it together i remember another poster saying (i don't live nearone so it is hear say but worth checking out if true)
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February 11, 2012 2:22:50 PM

zolton33 said:
And microcenter is having a feal where you get so much off your motherboard if you buy both your cpu and it together i remember another poster saying (i don't live nearone so it is hear say but worth checking out if true)



It is not hearsay it is true, go to their website, there are 2 branches of Micro Center in Calif.
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February 11, 2012 2:25:00 PM

sosofom build with a Radeon HD 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (even get free Dirt game) or some other brand.

If you want to go cheaper you can consider the 7950.

If your not in a hurry you can always wait for kelper2 and the ivy-bridge chipset (should be lunched in april).

But well you can't go wrong with an i5-2500k + 7970. You'll run game on ultra setting in 1080p for quite some times.
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February 11, 2012 2:26:58 PM

aqe040466 said:
It is not hearsay it is true, go to their website, there are 2 branches of Micro Center in Calif.



For your information i do not live near one and have not used them. I do not shop at their site and never go there. So from my point of view it is hear say (as in i heard they do this but do not know for sure myself which is the definition of hear say) unless some one who does frequent their store and site verifies it.
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February 11, 2012 2:38:25 PM

Well I do because I live in Eastcoast most of the parts are from them. Not an hearsay.
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February 11, 2012 2:38:51 PM

zolton33 said:
For your information i do not live near one and have not used them. I do not shop at their site and never go there. So from my point of view it is hear say (as in i heard they do this but do not know for sure myself which is the definition of hear say) unless some one who does frequent their store and site verifies it.



Well I do because I live in Eastcoast most of the parts are from them. Not an hearsay.
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February 11, 2012 2:45:00 PM

aqe040466 said:
Well I do because I live in Eastcoast most of the parts are from them. Not an hearsay.



Not sure why you are trying to argue with me on this and take this thread off topic. I don't know if its that you do not understand the difference between fact and hearsay or you just like to argue. :pfff: 

Fact i did not know for sure so when i mentioned it (not knowing for sure if it is fact or not) made it hear say.

Now since you have been to their store and know for sure then you stating yes its true makes it a fact.

I do hope this made it easier to understand and that it can now stay on topic. (sorry op for going off topic on your thread)
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February 11, 2012 6:29:03 PM

Hello everyone, thanks again for helping out on my thread! Especially sosofm, hellfire24, and age040466! I'll go with the i5 2500k and the PSU recommended by hellfire24 to plan for the future. I'll also shop around frys, newegg, and microcenter and see if i can get a good deal on a mobo + cpu like age0040466 suggested.

For waiting until April, is there a huge difference between hardware upgrades? If the difference is minimal id rather buy the CPU right now, but if the next product is significantly better i can hold out until April. Any thoughts on this?
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February 11, 2012 6:40:12 PM

On microcenter have a good price at 2500k 180$.
I don't know what to say depends on you , can or you can wait, this must be your decision.The video card you have allready.The huge diference can't be.
Good luck with your build.
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February 11, 2012 6:42:51 PM

i completly agree with the other ppl on the 2500k
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February 11, 2012 7:33:28 PM

Best answer selected by khkim.
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February 11, 2012 10:15:33 PM

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