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March 11, 2012 3:30:44 PM

Hello, Was hoping you guys could help me

Approximate Purchase Date: end of this month.

Budget Range: $700 before rebates, i can be a little flexible of course.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, movies (no blue ray) MSOffice.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker, and the OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com; amazon.com

Country: (e.g.: India) USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, but then again, doesnt matter really.

Additional Comments: The builds main purpose is for Guild wars 2 which is a mmorpg, i dont think imma be doing any serious FPS type games, my preference is always leaned toward mmorpgs.

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March 11, 2012 4:13:17 PM

relaxedat909 said:
Hello, Was hoping you guys could help me

Approximate Purchase Date: end of this month.

Budget Range: $700 before rebates, i can be a little flexible of course.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, movies (no blue ray) MSOffice.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker, and the OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com; amazon.com

Country: (e.g.: India) USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, but then again, doesnt matter really.

Additional Comments: The builds main purpose is for Guild wars 2 which is a mmorpg, i dont think imma be doing any serious FPS type games, my preference is always leaned toward mmorpgs.


Just something I cobbled together...

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Gladiator 600 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $738.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-11 13:20 EDT-0400)
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March 11, 2012 4:26:34 PM

Maybe you should get the i3-2100 paired with a more power graphics card. That way you save more money but get higher fps in game because most games are heavier on the graphics card than the cpu.

HD6850, HD 6870, gtx 460/560?

But of course then you cant overclock the i3 and the cooler becomes pointless.
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March 11, 2012 6:13:00 PM

Max1s said:
Maybe you should get the i3-2100 paired with a more power graphics card. That way you save more money but get higher fps in game because most games are heavier on the graphics card than the cpu.

HD6850, HD 6870, gtx 460/560?

But of course then you cant overclock the i3 and the cooler becomes pointless.


I agree, I wouldn't use the 2500K for a sub-$800 machine, and the 6790 is becoming pretty much a moot point anymore.

Try this build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333Mhz 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 = $169.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total: $785.92 - $30.00 MIR = $750.92
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