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March 17, 2012 6:26:07 PM

looking to build a new pc from the ground up and only want to spend $1200 before rebates.

a few things i know i want is the ati 7850 video card ,and i want my case to be a COOLER MASTER HAF 932, so thats almost $400 there.

mostly just going to be playing mmorpgs ff14,diablo 3 ,guildwars 2 just a few iam looking forward to.


i would like a intel build and amd build i cant decide on the i5 2500k or 8150fx so maybe if i see a few build it can help me out just having alot of trouble with a intel motherboard.

also i want the build done on air cooling only.

hope someone can give me some good idea's


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March 17, 2012 8:06:17 PM

ok then maybe just a good mother board for the i5 2500k that allows easy overclocking and a heat sensor like the saber tooth.
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March 17, 2012 8:51:26 PM

I don't currently recommend system builds based upon AMD CPU's above $800 as I fond them just not cost competitive on a "bang for the buck" basis.

I don't currently recommend system builds with GFX cards based upon AMD GPU's above $200 AS YET as I also find them just not cost competitive on a "bang for the buck" basis. Right now, nothing is cost competitive with two factory OC'd 560 Ti's.

But then we haven't seen the real 78xx series tested yet .... Yes, I know about the THG and others tested on a "reference 7850" but no manufacturer is releasing a "reference 7850". So I'd put a big hold on the GFX selection until we see what the actually released 78xx series do against kepler. Being the hardware whore that I am, my builds will likely include two 78xx series cards or two kepler alternatives in their price range rather than a single top end card which will deliver much ,mess for much more $$$.

Aside from the GFX, here's what I'd recommend:

Case - $ 125 - Corsair Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 195 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 55 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - $ 115 - Seagage Barracuda 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 200 - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 127 - XFX Core Edition-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The HAF-932 was in my top 5 but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth" and I like the 500R better despite the recent price drops on the HAF.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_s...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

yes, I exceeded ya budget .... $1,100 w/o GFX card but cutting anything I felt wasn't worth the cost savings.

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March 17, 2012 8:58:13 PM

i like most of the recommendations i just don't like those ssd's i don't see a reason for them. also no real reason for a blue ray player (got a ps3 for that) and can i wait to get the after market cooler? or does the i5 2500k run hot?
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March 17, 2012 10:58:14 PM

think ill just drop the cooler and ssd for now since i still need windows 7 64 bit and the video card and ill just be over by $35
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March 17, 2012 11:08:41 PM

Jack's gpu recommendations are tight on the dot. I would get an nvidia gpu as well, but the only thing that is stopping me is that their multimonitor system pales in comparison to eyefinity. Unless they improve nvidia surround, I am not buying it.
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March 17, 2012 11:42:09 PM

do i need to crossfire to use the multi monitor setup?
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March 18, 2012 12:00:28 AM

rasaki said:
do i need to crossfire to use the multi monitor setup?


No - any single Radeon card will support 3 x HDMI or DVI monitors out of the box, some will support 4 and if you go for the Sapphire Flex series you can run 4 x HDMI 1900 x 1080 monitors off a single card without using Crossfire.

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Jack's gpu recommendations are tight on the dot. I would get an nvidia gpu as well, but the only thing that is stopping me is that their multimonitor system pales in comparison to eyefinity. Unless they improve nvidia surround, I am not buying it.


I don't know - I'm not a fan of NVIDIA surround either - I far prefer Eyefinity. I've setup multiple monitor displays on both and it's much easier to do so on Radeon / Fire Pro cards than it is on NVIDIA cards.

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i like most of the recommendations i just don't like those ssd's i don't see a reason for them. also no real reason for a blue ray player (got a ps3 for that) and can i wait to get the after market cooler? or does the i5 2500k run hot?


I was an anti-believer in SSDs until I got one - I got a Crucial M4 off a Newegg shocker deal and now I won't build a new system without one - with the M4 I can do things on my SB build in seconds where my old build would take 10 - 20 minutes or more.

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Aside from the GFX, here's what I'd recommend:


That's a good build but you have two PSUs in there. :lol: 

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The HAF-932 was in my top 5 but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth" and I like the 500R better despite the recent price drops on the HAF.


I agree - I'm not a fan of the larger HAF series - I have the 912 and love it but it's definitely good for what it is and does. I'm planning to upgrade that case to an Arc MIDI (mainly for front USB 3.0 and other features, not to mention I love the design of it), but I do love Corsair's cases - the cable management system is bar none leaps and bounds better over what the competition offers.

Here's what I'd recommend on a $1200 budget:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 - $104.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $119.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Ghz Edition - $249.99 (approx)

Total: $1,191.89
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March 18, 2012 12:05:24 AM

You will need cf to run eyefinity with Max fps.
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March 18, 2012 12:16:49 AM

great thanks both of you ill review them both and try to make a decision i have a few weeks before i can order.
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March 18, 2012 12:18:10 PM

how long should i be able to go without needing to upgrade the i5 are many developers strongly looking into the hyper threading of the i7 2600k? for game development? i at-least don't wanna upgrade in 2 years.
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April 6, 2012 11:30:44 AM

Rather than making a new thread just wanted to update. about to buy all my parts in the next week just wanted to go over what i think i decided to go with .


cpu -Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - 219.99
mobo -GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 (still not 100%) - 169.99
ram-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile - 54.99
case -COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP - 139.99
cpu fan -COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 26.99
HD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - 139.99 (not 100% but 5 year warranty )
OPS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.99
drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 19.99
PSU- XFX Core Edition PRO850W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -126.99
GPU - hd 7850 not sure what brand yet.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - 9.99

just a little over my budget if anyone can trim some fat or recomend a better product for the hd,psu or mobo that would be helpful before i spend the money.
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April 6, 2012 6:25:15 PM

Best answer selected by rasaki.
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