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March 22, 2012 12:36:14 AM

Ok well first off I have a old dell inspiron 530. I plan on using the dvd burner, hd and the ram temporarily. I want a build that can max out anything that will be available for all of 2012 and most of 2013, I also want the possibility to upgrade gpu or cpu as needed after that. . I cant spend much more than 200$ on the cpu and the gpu each, and hopefully around 100$ each or less for the tower and mobo. please help.


Ive come to concluded that these parts I most likely will buy:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here is where I need help. I dont know much about motherboard and brands, also Im having trouble picking a new gpu

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...


And graphics card are up in the air....Thinking about a ati 6870 or a 6950 or possibly the gtx 560/570 but dont know what to get. I want to be able to max everything with a max resolution of 1920x1080.

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March 22, 2012 3:23:01 AM

If you get the GTX 560 Ti, like I have, you can max out all the games that are out now. I don't know about BF3 though, as I don't have it. If you can, get the 570 as the prices will drop with kelper coming out.
The i5 2500k is the best for gaming, though I would wait for the new Ivy Bridge to cone out.
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March 22, 2012 4:25:42 AM

You said that you can't spend much more than $200 for the GPU/CPU (separately). This would imply that the ATI 6950 (avg $250-$280) and GTX 570 (avg $280-$310) would be out of the picture. Therefore your choices are limited to the ATI 6870 or the GTX 560. Personally I'd go with the GTX 560 Ti, and then if you find yourself wanting more GPU power in the near future it's fairly easy to SLI and get boosted performance.

By the way, I'd recommend that you change your MoBo to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is just a step up from the one you have listed. Or you can get the Gigabyte rival MoBo to the ASRock Z68 that I listed, either is great.
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March 23, 2012 3:54:44 AM

Well im not totally limited to the 200$ range for gpu. Its all about how long I wanna save up for. I dont mind waiting a little longer if the 570 is much better than the 560. I will start with one and sli probably a few months after. Would it be worth it to spend the extra money for the 570? Ive always been into pc gaming at a casual level and would like for once to be at the higher end of the gaming system spectrum. I can play skyrim on my e4400 duo core/ ati 5670 at around 30fps medium settings with some mods. Also swotor struggles on my current system. I really dont want to worry about having to turn down anything to make a game run smooth , if I got the 570 along with the 2500k i5, is that going to give the quality gaming experience that I want for at least a year?
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March 23, 2012 4:17:36 AM

Drop the ram! The 530 uses DDR2, you want DDR3. They are not compatible.
I'm not absolutely sure but I seem to recall reading about Dell using a proprietary optical drive on some models... that could also be an issue.
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March 23, 2012 4:46:49 AM

well either or, Im not so worried about ram and the optical drive because compared to the rest, those are relatively cheap. I was worried about using dell parts because of that reason, but in all honestly another week or so of saving up and i can afford new ram and drive. But it is starting to sound like I need everything new because my hard drive is old and i want to get a decent ssd to replace it, and with my luck that is probably proprietary as well.
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April 14, 2013 5:18:26 PM

get the evga gtx 660 its 190 on amazon and newegg and it can run all games on max settings (25-35 fps in crysis 3 was the lowest i found in all the current games)
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April 20, 2013 1:54:26 PM

mister geforce said:
get the evga gtx 660 its 190 on amazon and newegg and it can run all games on max settings (25-35 fps in crysis 3 was the lowest i found in all the current games)


haha i just noticed the last response was from march 2012
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