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February 11, 2012 4:34:03 PM

Hello. I've been looking into purchasing a new gaming computer for about $800. I was hoping to have an I5-2500K with ideally a Nvidia 560Ti Video Card however I'm not sure what is considered a good price and what other hardware is good(MoBo, PSU, etc). Any help would be very appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks hopefully

Budget Range: About $800-900 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly for games

Parts Not Required: I need everything except the OS, mouse and monitor (however I don't want to include a keyboard/speakers/etc into the price of the hardware)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Pref. Newegg (or Amazon)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia Video Card. No specific preference for any other hardware

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Very unlikely

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
February 11, 2012 6:30:46 PM

This system meets your budget. If you wanted to sub an i5-2500k it would add another $100 to this build.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I32105

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February 11, 2012 7:29:44 PM

He said he didn't need OS. Get rid of the OS in the top build and get a i5200k instead of the i3. Get rid of the video card as well.

Save a few bucks and go with this case, Mobo, and PSU in my opinion its a better build. Considering you get the processor and GPU you wanted.

PSU: Cooler Master silent pro m600 10 dollars less ( 60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 10 dollars less (130 after shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill FUTURE 35 dollars less (60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I did my math correctly that should leave you with $234 until you're at $800.

So now get this video card:
EVGA 560ti ($200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After that I would recommend an after market cooler to OC your CPU so go with this one"
Cooler Master Hyper 212 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 11, 2012 7:38:37 PM

Indeed the Os can be removed (like anything in the build). As for getting rid of the 6850 and trade for the 560 it's a matter of opinion. My experience is that the AMD outperforms the nVidia. But...take a look at the February Graphics Card review here at Toms and judge for yourself.
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February 11, 2012 10:07:21 PM

Thank you for the very helpful posts !! The reason why I'm choosing to go with the 560 over the 6850 is because of my preference (But thank you for telling me about the 6850). Before I try and make a more finalized list, I do have to point out that I won't have a HDD so I'm probably going to have to put aside around ~$80 for that as well.
I was looking at cases and was wondering if http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would be a decent substitute for the Rosewill Future case (and the Cooler Master). Aside from that, I feel like the items that hafronix listed would be better to save a couple dollars to get the I5-2500K that I want. And I was wondering-if I do get the I5-2500K, should I get the 1600 memory or just get 1333? Thank you for the help !
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February 12, 2012 2:02:45 AM

That case works as well. The difference between the 1600 and 1333 is minor if you went with the cheaper 1333 G.skill it would work too.

I am a fan of Nvidia myself however I'm not going of a biased, according to reviews the 560ti is significantly better than a 6850 .

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...
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February 12, 2012 8:31:39 AM

After looking around at other sites, I've changed some of the items and I was wondering if they would all work together without problems. Also I was wondering if a system like this would be able to keep up for the next couple years (2-3 years) with or without upgrades to the video card or such.

Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Driver : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%2...
Memory : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55544&vpn=996770&manuf...
PSU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=42439&vpn=RS600-PCARE3...
MoBo : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61004&vpn=GA-Z68MA-D2H...
HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&m...
CPU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

Please let me know if there's anyway I could shave a couple dollars off by substituting an item for something cheaper. Thank you for the help !
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February 12, 2012 11:14:06 PM

Hoping someone could give me their opinion on my build and if possible let me know how future proof the build is and if there's any other cheaper alternatives to the items that I picked! Thank you !!
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February 13, 2012 8:55:57 PM

Hey sorry for such a late reply. However everything in that build looks great. It looks very future proof as well. It'll do great on its own in the future. Worst case scenario you can SLI another 560ti onto it. To do that tho you'll have to invest into a 700W or higher power supply now or later it's up to you.

That current PSU is not good tho. It is not certified and thats something you definitely want. I'd look into something like this. Yes theyre like 8 dollars more but the last thing you want to go cheap on is the PSU.

If you dont plan on SLI in the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you do you're gonna need atleast 700W soo one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are even better ones but the prices go up quick
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