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February 14, 2012 2:23:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Planning on having the money in a couple of months

Budget Range: $400-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing the Internet, Watching Media Files

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I have recently bought the NZXT Full Tower Case, I would prefer an Intel Motherboard that can accept an i5 or i7 processor and comes with crossfire capability. Also i would like it to include Raid capabilities in the Bios

Overclocking: No real preference

SLI or Crossfire: Yes to Crossfire

Monitor Resolution: 1920x10801680x1050
February 14, 2012 2:29:12 PM

If anyone would be kind enough to help me find the parts i'm looking for it would be greatly appreciated as I have yet to find a suitable motherboard.

djalec said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Planning on having the money in a couple of months

Budget Range: $400-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing the Internet, Watching Media Files

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I have recently bought the NZXT Full Tower Case, I would prefer an Intel Motherboard that can accept an i5 or i7 processor and comes with crossfire capability. Also i would like it to include Raid capabilities in the Bios

Overclocking: No real preference

SLI or Crossfire: Yes to Crossfire

Monitor Resolution: 1920x10801680x1050


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February 14, 2012 3:22:43 PM

OK so here goes...
You could probably upgrade the Graphics to a Radeon 6870 and still be in the budget...

ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Mail in Rebate Card
$124.99

XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Mail in Rebate Card
$159.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Mail in Rebate Card
$44.99

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
$129.99

Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
$41.99

Refurbished: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.B HDT721064SLA360 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
$69.99

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
$16.99

Total = $573.93 Before Mail In Rebates
After rebates = $533.93
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February 14, 2012 11:45:22 PM

Thank you very much for the help!
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February 15, 2012 12:45:15 AM

I just finished building a cheap gaming rig a couple days ago and here is what I used:

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $128

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $117

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 $50

MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX $199 ($179 w/MIR)

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $18

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $40

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance Power Supply $70



My total was $622, but I didn't need a Hard Drive. I also went with what was on sale on Newegg, so I had $17 taken off for combos and $28 off what the prices are now (which is what I listed). Add in the Mail in Rebates and that was another $40. So altogether without a Hard Drive including the MIRs it cost me $537. You don't need a case either, so take my $40 off for that and you should be able to buy a hard drive and still keep it under $600. This setup runs like a champ for me and I'm playing everything on Ultra settings on 1680 x 1050 and most on 1920 x 1080. You can probably even get an aftermarket fan and keep it under $600.

Hope this helps!
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February 15, 2012 10:56:53 PM

Are there any i5 processors that are compatable with that motherboard? I like everything else about the build except for the i3.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2012 11:01:51 PM

Yes all the socket 1155 i5 processors are compatible with that motherboard.
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February 15, 2012 11:13:53 PM

Yes just like pezcore27 said; all the 1155 i5 processors are compatible. They also cost $80-120 more depending on which one you buy. I know you are trying to keep it under $600, and the difference when it comes to straight gaming will not be much, maybe a couple FPS. The difference would be in general computer performance with tasks such as photo / video editing.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

This was a good article on this site, and on the last slide you can see that there isn't very much difference in the average FPS for gaming.
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February 15, 2012 11:15:28 PM

Ok, so for the same price, which one would you recommend?

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I72600
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February 15, 2012 11:39:56 PM

I don't know where you are finding them for the same price; the cheapest I could find the i7-2600 or 2600k is around $300 while the i5-2500k is around $230.

But, if you can find them for the same price I would say the I7 only because it would be better overall performance. The i5-2500k is pretty much the gold standard for budget / mid range gaming right now though, with how much you can overclock it and the price that it is at it is the best bang for the buck.
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February 15, 2012 11:44:08 PM

Where did you find an i7-2600. For the same price as a 2500k? Let me know because ill buy one tomorrow.
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February 15, 2012 11:51:05 PM

Sorry, I read the prices wrong. That's why I was just confused as you when I first saw that.
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February 16, 2012 2:26:17 PM

The i5 2500K overclocked will easily outperform the i7 2600 in gaming. The 2600 is a mere 100 mhz faster than the 2500K at stock speeds. Sure the 2600 has hyperthreading and 2 mb more of cache. Hyperthreading actually harms gaming performance as has been shown when you clock a 2500K and a 2600K to the same speed, the 2500K outperforms the 2600K.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...
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February 23, 2012 11:26:55 AM

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February 23, 2012 3:54:57 PM

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