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March 20, 2012 6:16:46 AM

I know I have asked this alot, but this time, I got confirmation that it will be next week!

My current system:
Dell Optiplex 760
Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz Processor
4x2GB DDR2 U6400 RAM
ATI Radeon 2400 Pro 256MB VRAM
SoundMAX HD Audio
WD Caviar Blue 250GB 3GB/s 7200RPM Hard Drive
Standard Dell HSF (yep, it is crap
Standard Dell 275W PSU (yep, it is crap)

As you can see, I REALLY need a new computer. I came to the conclusion that there is no point bothering to upgrade this current system, so a new build is in order.

This new build will be for moderate gaming, such as BF3 (non-competitive) and Skyrim. My budget is $1800 including Monitor, but not including OS, Keyboard, or Mouse. If possible, I will reuse the Hard Drive as well.

Right now, here is what I have:

http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62223 XFX 850W PSU Silver
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... I5-2500k Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3

Anything to change? Thanks! I plan to OC to 4.5GHz and the GPU to 1GHz.

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March 20, 2012 6:26:00 AM

Your build look great.
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March 20, 2012 6:29:16 AM

That's good to know! Thanks! So far it sits at $1639 without the Hard Drive, but if I can use my 250GB for now, what should I use the remaining $161 for? More SSD space? Better GPU? Better CPU (I do some very very minor editing)?
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March 20, 2012 7:23:50 AM

If the build is for gaming ill recommend to invest in video card. But my advice is to buy a new HDD too.
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March 20, 2012 4:14:13 PM

I am getting the Radeon 7950. It's in the screenshot.
Does anyone know if the 250gb HDD should be transfered or not?
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March 20, 2012 4:19:45 PM

If the 250 drive is a sata drive then it wont hurt anything to use it. I just recommend using it as a storage drive if its slower than sata 2. Dont use it as your boot drive if you have an ssd. that would defeat the purpose of buying the ssd. lol
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March 20, 2012 4:33:48 PM

Yeah, I plan to use it for storage. Atm, I barely have my 250gb hdd filled, so I don't think I would ever need a 1TB HDD lol.
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March 20, 2012 4:58:00 PM

Oh, and the reason I have an 850W PSU is because I want to run CF in the future for eyefinity.
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March 20, 2012 5:22:51 PM

Will be perfect.
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March 20, 2012 5:24:01 PM

Thanks for the reassurance. I was wondering, should I get the Radeon 7950 or 7970? I can afford either one, but which one is better bang for buck?
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March 20, 2012 5:25:54 PM

In my opinion 7950 is more bang for buck, because if you overclock that card you can have performance like 7970.
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March 20, 2012 5:27:36 PM

Yeah, I have heard of that. What do you think I should do with the remaining $161? Spend it on keyboard, mouse, and games?
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March 20, 2012 5:30:07 PM

If you create a gaming PC buy keyboard , mouse, mouse pad for gaming.
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March 20, 2012 5:31:41 PM

I would be getting a laser mouse if I do that, so I'd not need a mouse pad. :b
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March 20, 2012 6:50:57 PM

Laser mice track well on most surfaces but a mouse pad is still recommended to make your mouse and desk last longer. They also help with better precision and performance. EVGA makes a couple large mouse pads for 15 and Razer makes a reusable sticky pad for the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All in all not a lot of money to spend for that extra performance and saving the feet on your mouse from excess wear as well as your desk. lol
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March 21, 2012 4:36:12 AM

Thanks for all the help! I only wish g-unit replied as well. :p 
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March 21, 2012 5:14:23 AM

g-unit would recommend an i7 with a 2011 socket board that you don't need. lol but if you got the extra 600 bucks and want to build on the new x79 chipset it would make a killer pc that will run any game you wanna play.
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March 21, 2012 5:57:12 AM

I only have the $1800, so I can't get LGA 2011. Besides, I wouldn't know what to cut. :b

I guess the $161 goes to keyboard and mouse.
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March 21, 2012 6:14:04 AM

The 2011 socket worth only if you buy a six core CPU.
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March 22, 2012 3:49:14 AM

Yeah, kind of figured.
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March 22, 2012 5:46:15 PM

Now that the GTX 680 is out, I am reconsidering the Radeon 7950. Is NVIDIA Surround better now, now that the GTX 680 is out? Will the 1GB less vRAM be an issue? If not, should I get GTX 680 and use NVIDIA Surround or keep the Radeon 7950 and use AMD Eyefinity?
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March 23, 2012 4:11:27 AM

That doesn't show at 5760x1080.
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March 24, 2012 10:33:15 PM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
GTX 680 $500
XFX Core850W PSU Silver $155 after shipping
Intel Core i5-2500k Processor $195 at microcenter after taxes

ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3 Motherboard $130 after the $50 deal
Total for both microcenter items: $336

Dell U2312HM $240

Total is $1590. What should I spend the last $210 on? I don't need an HDD or DVD Burner, OS, KB, or Mouse.
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March 25, 2012 5:08:25 AM

Anyone? I really need to know.
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March 28, 2012 3:23:42 AM

Get some good gaming headphones and nice lights or somethin to make you case look cool. :) 
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March 28, 2012 5:57:07 AM

Good idea! Any you have in mind?
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March 28, 2012 6:06:11 AM

sosofm said:
If the build is for gaming ill recommend to invest in video card. But my advice is to buy a new HDD too.


Looks good But I'd agree with Sosofm. A good video card is key if you want to play BF3 etc and a new HDD. Unless your willing to spend an extra $200 for a SSD which its main focus is for the OS and the HDD is for gaming files etc. That's what I did with my rig I just finished building today.
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March 28, 2012 6:07:42 AM

I am already getting the GTX 680, but after it is in stock.
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April 2, 2012 1:55:24 PM

As far as headphones go just find a pair that suits you and your budget. I use the Razor Megalodon. I love it but some people don't.

If you wanna Mod your case or other things head over to www.frozencpu.com and check out what they got. They carry everything you need to custom mod your rig however you want.
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April 2, 2012 2:15:36 PM

Wow... you have too much money! :p  But for the $200 left over, I think you could do the following things:
1) Buy a headset, as mentioned
2) Buy speakers
3) Buy some games
4) ...save...
5) Buy an Apple product. Maybe you can get an entire 8GB Apple flashdrive! :p 
6) Buy loads of potatoes and send them to Africa
7) Buy loads of potatoes in Africa and send them to Idaho
8) Get some case fans
9) Get a soundproof case (or you might have one already. I didn't check. Your screenshot resolution is terrible)
10) Get a better cooling system. Water cooling will take your i5-2500k up, up, and away! Most will tell you it's unnecessary for any CPU that's not above $400, but hey... you've got money left over!
11) Get it in $1 bills and throw it above your head.


Hope I helped!
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