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March 4, 2012 11:27:09 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon, this week or next. Not sure.

Budget Range: $1000 (I could probably do 1200, but that is pushing it)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, watching videos, browsing internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever the best option is. I have only had intel and they have all been good.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I don't mind which it is, but 1920x1200 would be nice.

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet pc, and I want to be able to play games on Ultra, at least high. I love Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Battlefield 3 and Crysis. So if you can get me a pc to run those that would be great :3

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March 5, 2012 4:17:34 AM

traumaiv's build is pretty good...
change the i5-2500K to an i5-2400 and get a PSU thats like 500w like Corsairs TX500 V2 or another XFX 500w, just make sure it is 80 PLUS Certified Bronze and then put the money saved into a more powerful GPU like a Radeon HD 6950.
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March 5, 2012 4:21:56 AM

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

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5o8s rest of parts. should be able to easily max most games you listed. for silence you might want to look into water cooling or something later. but if you want water cooling as an option id look into something like a coolermaster 690 ii


Stay away from water cooling especially on such a low budget build - otherwise that looks good.

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change the i5-2500K to an i5-2400 and get a PSU thats like 500w like Corsairs TX500 V2 or another XFX 500w, just make sure it is 80 PLUS Certified Bronze and then put the money saved into a more powerful GPU like a Radeon HD 6950.


Do not skimp on the PSU and CPU for a slightly better video card - that makes no sense. The 6950 won't be able to run on a 500W PSU - the PSU is the most important part of any build, bar none - you get the wrong one and that could have disastrous consequences. You need a 600W minimum to run a 6950.

Here's my standard $1K build:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $109.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz - $44.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 560TI - $249.99 ($15.00 MIR)

Total: $1,002.84 - $30.00 MIR = $970.84
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March 5, 2012 4:26:10 AM

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended. Straight from AMD's website.
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March 5, 2012 4:28:28 AM

azeem40 said:
500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended. Straight from AMD's website.


Sapphire's website says 550 minimum: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

I never go by the minimum requirements - I always try to play it safe for expansion, whatever the minimum is, I always add 100W to be on the safe side.
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March 5, 2012 4:30:04 AM

It said recommended, not minimum. AMD only uses recommendation on their GPUs AFAIK, not minimum requirements. :) 
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March 5, 2012 4:39:59 AM

wow I come back like 10 mins later and 1 little statement was TORN apart...I was coming back to change it to like a 650w PSU, like the Corsair TX650 V2. It is still cheaper, but the point is he doesnt need to pay for 750w
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March 5, 2012 4:53:21 AM

Not everyone gets aftermarket coolers for OCing easiness. The intel HSF is just a piece of aluminum with a fan on it. Aftermarket coolers are quieter, cooler, and have better airflow.
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March 5, 2012 4:59:52 AM

azeem40 said:
Not everyone gets aftermarket coolers for OCing easiness. The intel HSF is just a piece of aluminum with a fan on it. Aftermarket coolers are quieter, cooler, and have better airflow.

Yes, very true, still doesnt mean he NEEDS it.

Anyways, in like 10 days the Radeon HD 7850 is coming out and from the reviews, so far, it is looking to be way better than the GTX 560Ti, so I would go with that as your GPU
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March 5, 2012 5:03:55 AM

It is not a matter of need. It is a matter of keeping the life of the system for as long as you can, and the fact is, any aftermarket cooler will improve airflow from the stock intel fan.
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March 5, 2012 5:25:55 PM

The MOBO is too small and not as expandable as g-unit's; PSU is WAY overkill for even two 560tis; max you need is 750W. The cooler is also a lesser one. I would stay away from it tbh.
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March 5, 2012 5:32:51 PM

So I will just get an 850 watt psu.

Now which motherboard would you recommend?
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March 5, 2012 6:01:10 PM

ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 would be my choice. I wouldn't worry too much. Every product has its mess-ups during factory building.
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March 5, 2012 6:07:42 PM
March 5, 2012 6:11:28 PM

That GPU is not as good as the 560ti.
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