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Building from scratch. FIRST TIME BUILDER

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February 25, 2012 8:00:20 PM

Goal is to build dedicated Skyrim machine! tehee

Under 700$ budget. Do not need peripherals, case, optical drive, or OS.

Looking to run MAX settings on 1080p at 40fps min.

Also, would like to make sure mobo capable to handle possible future upgrades.

Not interested in overclocking right now, but perhaps in the future.

Like to know if compatible and if there's anything better for my money.
What I've gathered:

i5 2400
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
OR
P8Z68-V LX Z68
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0371775

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 25, 2012 8:14:47 PM

Go for teh ga z68ap its mislabled and is actually pcie 3.0. You could probably get away with a 2500k in your budget. Good choice of card

heres a psu/hard drive combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ram: good and cheap http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so lets

price that out with i2500k

case:0
opticaldrive:0
os:0
psu/hard drive: 134
i52500k+mobo(z6ap-d3) 230
ram:36
gpu:170

your at 570 right now

i assume by periphials you don't need a new monitor? but if you do heres a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

add 120

If you don't need one grab an ssd: this is one of the best for only 90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


fans if you need: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Silent-Value/...
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February 25, 2012 8:23:38 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Since you're buying at Microcenter the i5 2400 is $40 cheaper. So you'll have a total of $610 instead. With that said, use $50 to upgrade to the 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then upgrade the mobo for $50 to this Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gives you solid Ivy Bridge support and PCI 3.0 if you use Ivy Bridge chips.
Total should just be about $710
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February 25, 2012 8:27:06 PM

It sucks microcenter no longer has $50 off of motherboard. :( 
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February 25, 2012 8:41:40 PM

That GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 won't handle 2 ea. PCIe 16 sli capable slots nor PCIe 3.0. Look for a MB which does and also look for USB 3.0 connectors.I recommend this: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $138 incl shipping.
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February 25, 2012 11:08:58 PM

DelroyMonjo said:
That GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 won't handle 2 ea. PCIe 16 sli capable slots nor PCIe 3.0. Look for a MB which does and also look for USB 3.0 connectors.I recommend this: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $138 incl shipping.




yes it does for pcie 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... usb 3.0 theres 2. (read the specs)
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February 25, 2012 11:13:43 PM

^ Sadly it only runs on 16x/4x which isn't bad but not exactly good either. IMO better to pay slightly more and get the 8x/8x/4x. The D3 isn't bad but it's OP's choice.
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February 25, 2012 11:27:40 PM

thats true..IT really depends whats more important to you money now or upgrade path later
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