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March 2, 2012 4:23:05 PM

I wanted to ask if there were any glaring flaws with my idea of building a computer in the next month or two. I am coming from an old hp810n with an AMD 3300+ Single core(Don't bother looking it up its hp exclusive), with and nvidia geforce 7600 GS AGP x8 Card (Which has blown all its capacitors), so anything will be an improvement. I am a chemist by profession, but I don't do much with Chem programs. Thank you in advance for any responses.

$600-800 range up front (Want it to be upgradable)

I live in NC

Use: Gaming, Watching Video, I want it to be viable for several years, Possible future SLI/Crossfire and possibly OCing.

Build:
Case
Rosewill Challenger
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
i5 2500k
From Amazon (Have a credit)

Motherboard
Biostar TZ68A+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...

Power Supply
Thermaltake W0382RU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive
I want an SSD but that might have to come later. HDD's are really overpriced atm in my opinion... I might reuse old ones for a few months while i wait for prices to normalize, but suggestions are welcome.

Optical Drive
Just a bulk dvd burner should be fine.

Video Card
Suggestions welcome...
Geoforce 550Ti Superclocked
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I guess thats it...Any advice about cooling and OCing is welcome too. Thanks

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March 2, 2012 4:26:41 PM

I knew I'd Forget something...

Operating system
Windows 7 Ultimate ( Already have)
March 2, 2012 4:29:05 PM

For the video card, the 550ti is pretty bad. A Radeon 6850 is much better. Heck, even the GTX 460 is better.

Thermaltake is not a good PSU, and PSUs are not the type of components to go cheap on. You most certainly don't need 750W for the 6850 I recommend. I would just buy a 500W PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, or Seasonic.
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March 2, 2012 4:57:31 PM

I don't think any GPU manufacturer should be avoided.
March 2, 2012 5:21:29 PM

We can do a bit better overall in your budget I believe.

DVD Burner $21.

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

Case $55.

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

GPU $229 - $30 rebate = $199

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

PSU capable of adding a second GPU in SLI at a later point. $99 - $25 rebate = $75

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

RAM $46.

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

Motherboard. Sli and Crossfire capable. $154 - $20 rebate = $134.

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

CPU $225.

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

CPU cooler. $35

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



Total is $867.92 with $75 in rebates for a total of $792.92

This build will max most games at 1920 x 1080.


March 2, 2012 5:29:43 PM

And of course I forgot a hard drive :whistle:  so much for doing better for your budget.

Oh well hard drives are so expensive right now I would just get something small and save up for an SSD.

This adds $85 to your build. Bringing you total to $877. Sorry about breaking your budget but it's a great build if you can justify it. You could also go with a cheaper GPU like was recommended above. A 6850/6870 would still be good especially if you plan on adding a second one later.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 2, 2012 5:46:58 PM

Hey no worries. I am pretty sure I can secure some hard drives for the time being and back them up on a 1tb external. Thanks a ton.
March 2, 2012 6:02:49 PM

Just me being in a hurry. I actually meant to link you to that exact Z68 board. Z68 is a better choice.

That made me second guess the entire build I posted for you and I went back and looked. Everthing else is what I intended to post. I'm not usually so careless sorry about that.
March 2, 2012 6:05:40 PM

No worries. I was second guessing myself as well. Thanks for the advice. Now to sell the idea to the wife!
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