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New $500 gaming pc, both i5/fx4100 build, need advice

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February 11, 2012 4:28:43 PM

Hi all so I am trying to build a new gaming pc for moderate gaming (eg skyrim/ dragon age on high). My budget is $500 w/o OS and monitor, but I would eventually need those so maybe $200 on those, but now I just want to get the core components done first.

Approximate Purchase Date: (during this summer)

Budget Range: ($500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (moderate gaming, school work, etc)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, ncix.com, etc I'm fine with any as long as it's cheap and meet my ends)

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: higher than 1024x768

Additional Comments: none, reserved for later.

CPU: AMD FX 4100 Black Edition 3.6GHz Quad-Core $99.99 (microcenter)

Motherboard: M5A78L-M LX PLUS Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Motherboard $0 w/ FX4100 (microcenter)

Case: Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case $37.99 (microcenter)

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply $45 (amazon)

DVD burner: LG 22x DVD±RW Burner $16.99 (microcenter)

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $135 ($120 after rebate) new egg

Memory: Micro Center 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit ($19)

Hard Drive:Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive OEM $44 (NCIX)

Minitor: Viewsonic 19" LCD Monitor $69.99 (microcenter)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM $99.99 (microcenter)

Total after rebate (not including tax): $384 w/o monitor and OS, $554 for whole system...


For i5 build goto post 3


Could anyone suggest which parts I should switch out for the most bang of the buck? Thanks!

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February 11, 2012 4:34:40 PM

Microcenter is having a deal that when you buy a processor you get so much off the motherboard. If i were you i'd go with an i3 2100 for the same price gettinga 1155 motherboard you could easily upgrade later on to an i5 2500k or even a newer ivy bridge cpu. The fx chips are not really as good as theyshould be. And in gaming the intel out perform them. But its really up to you.
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February 11, 2012 5:13:17 PM

Yup your build looks as good as it gets for a budget build today but in the summer pricing and inventory at Microcenter, NCIX, Newegg, etc will change most likely to your benefit so keep a keen eye out for sales and other combo deals etc. The parts I would change out if I was buying your rig today are.

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


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

Just these to parts save you instantly $55 you can put towards the OS Window7 OEM or an SSD or mouse etc.
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February 11, 2012 10:15:32 PM

Thanks for the reply, so I am now considering an intel i5 2500k build.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k $180 (microcenter)

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $60 w/ i5 2500k bundle

Case: Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case $37.99 (microcenter)

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply $45 (amazon)

DVD burner: LG 22x DVD±RW Burner $16.99 (microcenter)

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $135 ($120 after rebate)

Memory: Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 Memory Module $40 (amazon)

Hard Drive:Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive OEM $44 (NCIX)

$544 after rebate (tax not included)...maybe I should leave graphics card till later.
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February 11, 2012 10:18:37 PM

Personally if i were you i'd take advantage of microcenters deal to get a huge discount on the motherboard when you get your processor.
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February 11, 2012 10:21:24 PM

zolton33 said:
Personally if i were you i'd take advantage of microcenters deal to get a huge discount on the motherboard when you get your processor.


Is the deal online, cause I have never visited my local microcenter...
nvm found on the online ads... thx man
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February 11, 2012 10:30:04 PM

Honestly dude if you are springing for an i5 2400 you would be better off to spend a little more now for a i5 2500K or save or beg or borrow the $50 addition it will cost for the 2500K otherwise just stick with the i3 mate IMHO.
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February 11, 2012 10:38:57 PM

If you are not planing to do any overclocking, the 2500k is not all that much better than the 2400. If you do plan to overclock, the 2500k is $$ WELL spent over an other i5. The benefits of a quad core i5 over a dual core i3 should really start showing themselves over the next 1-2 years. But for gaming right here right now, and i3 2100 or 2130 does indeed do the job extremely well.
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February 11, 2012 10:48:14 PM

hardeho said:
If you are not planing to do any overclocking, the 2500k is not all that much better than the 2400. If you do plan to overclock, the 2500k is $$ WELL spent over an other i5. The benefits of a quad core i5 over a dual core i3 should really start showing themselves over the next 1-2 years. But for gaming right here right now, and i3 2100 or 2130 does indeed do the job extremely well.

Three or four + - years down the road the 2500K can be OCed effectively reducing or completely mitigating the need for an upgrade and saving money over a locked variant of the 2500 i5 chip.
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February 11, 2012 10:48:45 PM

hardeho said:
If you are not planing to do any overclocking, the 2500k is not all that much better than the 2400. If you do plan to overclock, the 2500k is $$ WELL spent over an other i5. The benefits of a quad core i5 over a dual core i3 should really start showing themselves over the next 1-2 years. But for gaming right here right now, and i3 2100 or 2130 does indeed do the job extremely well.


I understand your point, the thing is the combo deal with motherboard only work with i5 2500k or i7 2600k, not i5 2400... So it's basically cheaper to get i5 2500k + motherboard
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