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July 5, 2012 4:11:05 AM

So , i have $400 to spend for CPU and GPU.

It is going to be a gift from my cousin. I have to pick the parts.. So suggest a good pick please..

I was thinking 2500k from microcenter -- $169.99

and

HIS 7850 (not IceQ) from newegg -- $239.99 ($229.99 after MIR)

Total = $409.98 ($399.98 after MIR)

Is it a good choice ? Please help.. Thank you very much :-)

DATE OF PURCHASE : Tomorrow ! ! !

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July 5, 2012 4:13:23 AM

Sounds good :) 
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July 5, 2012 5:07:00 AM

why ? fan noise ?? low overclockabilty. dont get me wrong dude, but im trying to shave as much $$ as possible. thats why asking whats the defect with HIS
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July 5, 2012 5:18:19 AM

some one in newegg said "easily overclocked to 1200 core 1350 memory".

i certainly dont want to go higher than 1000 core. If thats the case shall i get HIS ?
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July 5, 2012 5:25:00 AM

I've always heard good things about HIS, so I dunno. Asus of course is a great brand, but meh. Either way its a great GPU/CPU combo. Any gamer would love it.
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July 5, 2012 5:29:50 AM

so HIS 7850 (no iceq) + 3450 is ftw ? :)  :) 
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July 5, 2012 6:10:37 AM

Yea, but keep in mind with the 3450, you get no overclocking. Even so its still FTW.
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July 5, 2012 6:18:35 AM

yeah thats clear. no OCing the CPU. :) 

Just a small noob doubt. can GPU be OC'ed in B75 chipset?

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July 5, 2012 6:30:53 AM

The 7850 is about on par with the 570, the 570 is a teensy bit better stock to stock, but the 7850 has more overclocking potential.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518
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July 5, 2012 6:32:06 AM

is PhysX worth it? or is it just a gimmick? i know that only about 5 to 6 games use it
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July 5, 2012 6:36:30 AM

You know you get $50 off of a motherboard at Microcenter?
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July 5, 2012 6:38:55 AM

I guess that depends on how much of a videophile you are. If little tiny specs of dust and more realistic looking smoke is important to you then yes its totally worth it.

The game I've spent most of my time playing in my life is Runescape, personally my standards aren't that high. Although I like some eye candy every now and then in a first person shooter like anyone else. Honestly, there is no wrong answer between the 7850 and GTX 570, at least if you ask me.
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July 5, 2012 6:39:52 AM

i live in India. And i have a budget limit of $400. Even if i got a mobo, my cousin would have to carry it while travelling.. So thought i could buy a gpu and cpu for $400. also easy to carry since cpu comes in a small box. and gpu's box is not as big as mobo's
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July 5, 2012 6:40:38 AM

Those deals are only in store....Microcenter is in the USA.
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July 5, 2012 6:43:31 AM

:)  :)  buddy i know. My cousin lives in USA.
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July 5, 2012 8:25:43 AM

I just got to know that i wont be able to use the warranty on those items . Is it advisable to get GPU without warranty ? I know the failure rate of CPU is low. But GPUs fail often. I will make sure to check the GPU at a friends place in US. Still is it worth the risk ?
I guess i have to take a risk like ppl void warranty to add WC
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July 5, 2012 8:40:10 AM

you could spend $10 for a 2 year warranty
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB $239.99

if you can't, it is a great idea to have someone test it before your cousin leaves.
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July 5, 2012 9:03:51 AM

what im saying is... that the card will be used in India. i cant claim US warranty in India right...
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July 5, 2012 9:09:19 AM

why not?

does the warranty say "void if used in india"?
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July 5, 2012 9:20:54 AM

actually its just that i will have to ship it back to US if there's any problem. and It will take a LOT for the shipping costs to and fro
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July 5, 2012 9:31:19 AM

Anonymous said:
why not?

does the warranty say "void if used in india"?

Yea actually.
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/support/?cid=3...
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NB: Warranty may vary from Country/Region and the customer must verify directly with the Sapphire Authorised Dealer/Reseller from where the product was purchased..
For any overseas return on RMA outside their normal warranty with their local supplier, the local RMA centre will apply a basic administration fee to cover the logistics return of the RMA items back and forth from Hong Kong.


I'm sure the overseas shipping to the nearest RMA center is on your dime too. Meaning, don't bother. LOL
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July 5, 2012 9:33:07 AM

so is it worth it ? Getting a GPU from US.? for $250 i can get only a HD6870 in India
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July 5, 2012 9:44:03 AM

If it works, hell yes its worth it. Just so you understand the gamble. The chances really are low the the video card will be defective. Especially with Sapphire in my opinion. 6870s are only $160 here, that really sucks the 6870s are so expensive there.

I know International shipping is expensive, I shipped a carton of Camel cigarettes to an internet friend of mine in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation once, it was like $40 just for the shipping. It was worth it at the time I guess, I had a better paying job and he taught me to read and write English in Cyrillic, and quite a bit of Russian, sadly its been so long I've forgotten most of it. :lol: 
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July 5, 2012 9:49:45 AM

Of all the GPUs I've bought, the only ones that died within days or weeks of first use were Asus. They make great mobos, but I prefer HIS or XFX for AMD graphics cards, and MSI or EVGA for nVidia cards.
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July 5, 2012 9:50:07 AM

nekulturny said:
Yea actually.
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/support/?cid=3...
Quote:
NB: Warranty may vary from Country/Region and the customer must verify directly with the Sapphire Authorised Dealer/Reseller from where the product was purchased..
For any overseas return on RMA outside their normal warranty with their local supplier, the local RMA centre will apply a basic administration fee to cover the logistics return of the RMA items back and forth from Hong Kong.


I'm sure the overseas shipping to the nearest RMA center is on your dime too. Meaning, don't bother. LOL

i think there can be an argument for:
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customer must verify directly with the Sapphire Authorised Dealer/Reseller from where the product was purchased..

have a US sales receipt and you're good to go :) 

but the shipping . . . .

anyhow that would be bullshit. buy a product in the US have to move for work and you void the warranty?
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July 5, 2012 9:53:06 AM

And i really appreciate the support from all of you people. thank you so much :-) I have just about 10 more hours to decide on my GPU :-)
Im getting a i5-3450 or i5-2500k. depending on the GPU cost
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July 5, 2012 9:56:22 AM

Anonymous said:
i think there can be an argument for:
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customer must verify directly with the Sapphire Authorised Dealer/Reseller from where the product was purchased..

have a US sales receipt and you're good to go :) 

but the shipping . . . .

anyhow that would be bullshit. buy a product in the US have to move for work and you void the warranty?

Yea, I'm actually surprised. I've seen warranty terms on some brands of computer parts that specifically say "Valid only in the US and Canada" before, at least I'm pretty sure.
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July 5, 2012 9:56:51 AM

if your not overclocking the i5-3450 be a little faster even though the speed is slightly slower than the 2500k.

but which one is cheaper might be the better point.
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July 5, 2012 9:57:18 AM

anirudh1 said:
So sapphire has low failure rate u say ?
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
this costs 239.99 . Should i get this or HIS 7850 (no iceq) for 229.99 AR ?

Sapphire is a pretty good brand from what I've seen, so is HIS. I guess everyone has their horror stories though. I know thats not particularly comforting.
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July 5, 2012 9:59:58 AM

nekulturny said:
Yea, I'm actually surprised. I've seen warranty terms on some brands of computer parts that specifically say "Valid only in the US and Canada" before, at least I'm pretty sure.

at second glance, i can understand that if its a stero or something that uses household electric. US and canada are the only countries that use 110 volt electric. (well some of japan and mexico) most any other country is 220.
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July 5, 2012 10:20:57 AM

yeah its a polished turd
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July 5, 2012 10:24:01 AM

since i have never owned a gaming PC wanted to ask this ques. I now realize that i will be opting for a GPU with no warranty. Do video cards fail often? Like after a year or so? Because if the failure rate is significant then i will get a 6870 itself in India for $250
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July 5, 2012 12:11:39 PM

Last and final check
Getting : I5-3450 with ASUS DCII 7850 or HIS (no iceq) 7850

:-)
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July 5, 2012 4:32:07 PM

stamp on it please
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July 5, 2012 6:53:35 PM

do it :) 
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July 5, 2012 6:55:13 PM

ok So i5-3450 is confirmed.
Gonna get ASUS or HIS(non iceq) 7850.. will buy tomorrow.
I will post here.
THank u everyone :-)
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July 7, 2012 1:54:55 AM

UPDATE : Got i5 (3450) from microcenter
MSI TF2 7850 newegg..


Edit: went for msi as asus went out of stock
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July 7, 2012 1:55:48 AM

Thank you all for your support :-)
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July 7, 2012 1:57:40 AM

Best answer selected by anirudh1.
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