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February 16, 2012 12:09:55 PM

Looking for some advice with a ~$1,000 budget in mind for a gaming rig.


Case - Cooler Master Haf 912 - $59.99
PSU - Corsair TX650M - $109.99
CPU - i5 2500k - $229.99
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 912 - $29.99
GPU - Radeon HD6870 - $169.99
or - Nvidia GTX 560 - $229.99
Memory - ?? (looking for 8GB in total)
Motherboard - ??

Cost so far: $600-650


If there's anything wrong with the current build, please advise!

I'm also considering picking up a SSD for the OS and apps, since I have a spare laptop hard drive lying around; I'm assuming I can plug in laptop hard drives into a 'desktop' mobo?

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February 16, 2012 12:12:42 PM

Newegg

Ram G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.67
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February 16, 2012 12:29:44 PM

thomasoropeza said:
Newegg

Ram G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.67


Thanks for the RAM suggestion.


Reason why I'm asking for help to fill in the blanks is that I'm not sure what kind of mobo I need for this current set-up, I don't want to overpay for a mobo with features I don't need nor do I want to get a mobo that can't support everything I need.
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February 16, 2012 12:40:29 PM

Yes, a laptop hdd can be used. Just get a mounting bracket.
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February 16, 2012 1:00:41 PM

ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
mobo: asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
video card: gtx 560 ti
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February 16, 2012 1:23:40 PM

Thanks for recommending the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo (thanks to you too extremegamermax), I checked it out and it seems like a pretty solid mobo for my expected rig.

Would've jumped on the deal on newegg but I'm not longer living in NA so I will likely be shopping for these parts locally.

I already have an OS lying around ready for this new rig :) 

P.S. I'm wondering if this is really a 'budget' rig as from what I have heard the i5 2500K CPU and GTX 560 Ti offer excellent performance at a reasonable price.


edit: If I'm to get a GTX 560 Ti which version should I be looking at? There seems to be many different versions.

This is what I mean, just a quick search on newegg.com for GTX 560 Ti and I get over 30 results!
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February 17, 2012 2:52:37 AM

The term "budget" is so subjective. For you, it may be $1,000 - for others, it may be $500.

With $1,000, you can build a solid rig that can handle the newest games at med-high settings.

- The reason for differences in GTX 560 Ti prices: the GPU cooler and clock speeds out of the box.

- The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a relatively new GPU - performs lies between the GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570 (hence the higher price).

I'd suggest taking a peek at reviews and going with a dual-fan cooler. (It's super easy to OC these cards on your own.)
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