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March 21, 2012 1:58:47 PM

Hello everyone

Approximate Purchase Date: few months from now

Budget Range: $5200TT ($600-800 US)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming , everyday use (music,movies etc)

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country:Trinidad and Tobago

Parts Preferences: intel core i5 2500k (was told to get a unlocked one) & ASUS motherboard

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: this will be my secound build but my frist time asking for advice on this site im not sure what motherboard i should get (looking at the p67 or z68 chipset) to use with a intel core i5 2500k. in terms of ram and GUP 4-8GB of ram / 560TI (i saw some of the new AMD 7xxx card may get one if the price is right)

More about : 600 800 gaming build

March 21, 2012 2:36:29 PM

..sorry for the spelling errors ><

Hello everyone

Approximate Purchase Date: few months from now

Budget Range: $5200TT ($600-800 US)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming , everyday use (music, movies etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Trinidad and Tobago

Parts Preferences: Intel core i5 2500k (was told to get a unlocked one) & ASUS motherboard

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: this will be my second build but my first time asking for advice on this site I’m not sure what motherboard i should get (looking at the p67 or z68 chipset) to use with a Intel core i5 2500k. in terms of ram and GPU 4-8GB of ram / 560TI (i saw some of the new AMD 7xxx card may get one if the price is right)
March 21, 2012 2:44:30 PM

$50 COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$160 SAPPHIRE 11201-00-20G Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$19 LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$70 CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$105 ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$220 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$67 CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $815.91 -$65 in mail in rebates
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March 21, 2012 3:03:43 PM

The following build busts your budget a little, but if you've got some wiggle room, it will do nicely. If not, you can either forgo CPU overclocking and get an i5-2400 and use the stock cooler, or get a lesser GPU, like a GTX560 (non-Ti) or HD6870.

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #: BP550 Plus
Item #: N82E16817371016
$79.99 -$15.00 Instant $64.99
A Corsair "Builder" would work here too. This model is decent though, and unlike the Builder, is modular.

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Model #: DESTROYER
Item #: N82E16811147144
$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99
I like every Rosewill case I've ever bought (some 6-7 different models). Their fans are decent, and the materials are above average for a cheap case.

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #: Z68 PRO3 GEN3
Item #: N82E16813157279
$114.99 -$10.00 Instant $104.99
I've had good results from ASRock.

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #: 01G-P3-1561-AR
Item #: N82E16814130604
Mail in Rebate Card
$249.99 -$25.00 Instant $224.99
GPU prices seem to be in flux lately, with all the Fermis coming down (perhaps in anticipation of Kepler?). This will play current games on high to max settings.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Model #: BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
$219.99 $219.99
Not much to say about this. If you need to lower the cost, this is the first thing I'd cut though, to an i5-2400.

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
Model #: F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231424
$37.99 $37.99
G.Skill has become my first choice for RAM because I've never had to return any; no DOA or RMA, it just works.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #: WD3200AAKX
Item #: N82E16822136770
$84.99 -$10.00 Instant $74.99
This is a bit small, but hard drive prices are still very high. You can always add another data drive later.

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
Model #: GH24NS70 OEM
Item #: N82E16827136236
$18.99 $18.99
One optical drive is much like another.

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included LGA 2011 i7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull ...
Model #: GAIA SD1283
Item #: N82E16835233082
$29.99 $29.99
This cooler is working well for me, although pretty much any 120mm direct-touch tower style cooler will work well.

Subtotal: $826.91


Edit: Alvine's build has some Crappermaster products in it. I will not buy anything from them, regardless of quality, because they still put liar labels on some of their PSUs, or claim they have protection circuits found to be missing (facts, not opinions; reviews at HardwareSecrets). A dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business. Fortunately, you won't take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest business, because they have competitors in every market where they are found, which offer equivalent (or superior) products at similar prices.
March 21, 2012 9:05:33 PM

thanks for the help i really appreciate it, but i was really look for a motherboard without Integrated Graphic.
March 21, 2012 9:26:09 PM

Most of the SB CPUs have integrated graphics; that certainly doesn't mean you need to use it. And, it has not prevented them from being the fastest CPUs available.
March 21, 2012 10:14:03 PM

Yea I get what your saying
March 21, 2012 10:33:03 PM

hey im from trini too, looking to do a 600$ ish budget build as well, it think jtt283's build is good if your willing to go over budget a little bit.

March 21, 2012 10:46:18 PM

I think you could go for i5-2400 and drop the cooling. You already have discrete GPU so that should help your budget. That savings could go into a bigger HDD - games are pretty big on disk space.
March 22, 2012 12:09:26 AM

If your budget is only $600, and you're building a gaming rig, I'd drop to an i3 and stock cooling before lessening the GPU. If you're building a business or pro rig, then lower the GPU to a HD6850 or HD6770.
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