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$1000 Gaming Build - $800 Left to Spend

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March 24, 2012 9:00:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week with the 2500k or whenever IB 2500k replacement releases.

Budget Range: Around $750-800 left to spend.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Light Video Editing, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Case, Hard Drive, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter Store, Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country: California, U.S.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future.

Monitor Resolution: One 23" 1920x1080 Monitor + One 21.5" 1920x1080 Monitor

Additional Comments:
~I am primarily looking to game on a single monitor, but if I can use dual monitors it couldn't hurt.
~What PSU do I need for CF 7850s while still OC'ing my 2500k?
~Should I wait for IB 2500k Equivalent?

Parts I already own:
2x 1920x1080 Monitors
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB HDD
Rosewill Gear X3 Case
Sony DVD/CD Drive

Parts to Buy:
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k for $179.99 - Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 for $99.99 - Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1333MHz for $29.99 - Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for $35 - Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 for $259.99 - Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JCNOZA/
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W for $89.99 - Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LB5AZY/
March 24, 2012 9:01:22 PM

Great build!
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March 24, 2012 9:09:53 PM

Will the 650W PSU handle two 7850s? I know they are more power efficient that their predecessors, but I'm not sure if it can take it.
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March 24, 2012 9:13:56 PM

Microcenter is have an extra $50 off when u buy a i5 2500k & z68 mobo together this week.
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March 24, 2012 9:16:27 PM

Swolern said:
Microcenter is have an extra $50 off when u buy a i5 2500k & z68 mobo together this week.

Yeah, I factored that into my pricing. The Motherboard I chose is $150 before the -$50 for the mobo/CPU Bundle.
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March 24, 2012 9:29:34 PM

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you should wait for the new i5 unlocked cpu (aka i5 3500k)

I want to wait for the performance increase since I'm not in a rush, but I don't know whether I can get the same deals. (On mobo/cpu)

As for the 480, I will look into it. I thought the 7850 would fair better for newer games and be more future-proof.
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March 24, 2012 11:18:11 PM

I'm not so sure Microcenter will have the CPU at -$40 initially like it is for the 2500k. and then on top of that I'm getting a mobo for -$50 aswell. I may just buy the mobo/cpu and wait for more GPU releases.
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March 25, 2012 1:07:27 AM

i'd go for the Nvidia too
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March 25, 2012 1:14:08 AM

I suppose I could wait out on the GPU, so they can be priced more aggressively. Also I can see how the Nvidia cards compare to the Radeons for their particular price range.
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March 26, 2012 12:00:50 AM

Any other ideas? I still didn't get a definite answer for my PSU. Will it be able to support two 7850s?
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March 26, 2012 12:04:54 AM

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you should wait for the new i5 unlocked cpu (aka i5 3500k)

It is called i5-3570k. :p 
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