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Budget Rig ($900) for gaming @ 1600x900

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March 4, 2012 3:40:05 PM

I already own a 20 inch LED monitor and a 1TB HDD. So I wanna put up a rig for maxing out games at 1600x900. My maximum budget is $900 (Approx 45000INR). Here's my proposed configuration

Intel 3.3 GHz Core i5-2500 
MSI H67MA-E35
MSI GeForce GTX 560/EVGA SuperClocked 560
2 x G.Skill NT DDR3 4 GB
Cooler Master Elite 311 Plus
Seasonic S12II-520
Asus DRW-24B3ST
Logitech Gaming Combo G100
Altec Lansing VS2621
600 VA UPS

1. Do suggest reforms if any (especially on Mobo)
2. Its 1600x900 gaming. So please don't suggest anything that'll be an overkill. :) 

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March 4, 2012 4:56:07 PM

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1. Do suggest reforms if any (especially on Mobo)


I'd definitely switch out your motherboard, case, and GPU - most Cooler Master cases are good but their lower end ones are not.

Try these for suggestions:

- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
- Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Cooler Master HAF 912
- GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
- RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i5-2500K

Total: $629.99

I think you get like $40.00 MIR with this build so it will be significantly less. You also might want to up your PSU to a 600W, Seasonic is an excellent choice. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also what are you using for HD? Do you have that already?
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March 4, 2012 4:57:07 PM

This setup "in theory" would be decent for gaming, but if you want to do some serious overclocking to improve performance, then the core i5 2500 won't do. Yes, it does have Turbo, but thats only when its utilizing one single core. Also, your mobo has an H67 chipset, which will only overclock 4 bins. I would suggest shelling out an extra $11 for a core i5 2500k and a extra $15 bucks for a Z68 chipset, which has unlimited OC (or until the CPU reaches its limit). A board I specifically had in mind is the GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

For the extra $15 dollars, you'll get:

* 2 more ram slots
* 16gb more of ram
*2 more pcie 2.0 slots at 8x and 4x, which will come in handy if you want to do SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-495^13-128-495-TS%2C13-130-569^13-130-569-TS%2C19-115-072^19-115-072-TS%2C19-115-073^19-115-073-TS

Side by side comparison of both processors and mobo's

Again, these are some errant thoughts, not to be taken as gospel.

*a quick note: i selected a z68 mobo because i couldn't find a p67 mobo with usb 3.0 and sata III in your immediate price range.

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March 5, 2012 8:28:08 PM

James McKeane said:
great mobo find. personally i'm a little iffy on asrock, but that's just a personal bias.


I would seriously prefer that 100x over an mATX board for any desktop build - the Gigabyte you chose is good for sure, but I always plan builds around what I think future expansion needs will bring, and mATX never fits that criteria - limited number of SATA ports, RAM slots, and PCI setups will not allow to accommodate for future graphics card needs or anything that requires an additional expansion slot.
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March 6, 2012 2:02:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
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1. Do suggest reforms if any (especially on Mobo)


I'd definitely switch out your motherboard, case, and GPU - most Cooler Master cases are good but their lower end ones are not.

Try these for suggestions:

- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
- Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Cooler Master HAF 912
- GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Sapphire Radeon HD 6870
- RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - i5-2500K

Total: $629.99

I think you get like $40.00 MIR with this build so it will be significantly less. You also might want to up your PSU to a 600W, Seasonic is an excellent choice. Try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also what are you using for HD? Do you have that already?



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