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March 27, 2012 6:19:03 PM

I want to go from my current rig which is q6600 prebuilt rig to an i5 setup. I want this rig for gaming and to eventually go up to a possible triple crossfire set up. For reference my current rig is a q6600 @ 3.0ghz - 6gb ddr2 - 660gb hdd - 550 watt Thermatalke Black Widow Psu - AMD 6950 2gb.

I will probably try to sell my old rig to help finance the next build but my budget would preferably be about 400, more if I can get a good price for my old rig. ALso should I sell my video card with my old rig to get more out of it or should I bring the good parts over to the new rig to keep cost down. Also how much would the old rig be worth with the video card and psu and how much would it be without it? If I can get a good price may increase my budget accordingly to about 6-700 so theres that as well
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March 27, 2012 6:54:46 PM

Well, I don't know much about making builds, however, you could check out my thread at the build the members here have helped me compile. The current build is an AMD build costing $337 for all the parts. Maybe you might want to use some of the components I (from helpful members) have compiled.

EDIT:
Link (epic fail by me):
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/340550-31-great-budge...
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March 27, 2012 7:23:14 PM

Thats a good build price actually, I did consider amd for that reason. Though I want to try to stick to an i5 set up because this is something I want to use for about 4 years befor I do another system build.
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March 27, 2012 7:24:17 PM

Well, I can't suggest anything beyond the build I got on that thread. Hopefully someone else can help.
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March 27, 2012 7:27:46 PM

Its a good guidline, Im amazed you got a decent little system for under 400. I guess I will have to scour newegg like you did and see what I can pull of
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March 27, 2012 10:32:17 PM

Also should I sell my rig as it is or steal parts for the new rig. and any ideas as to how much I should sell it for?
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March 28, 2012 12:23:33 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
fill out this form:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

we especially need to know your budget and what else you need besides the basic tower





purchase date- Ideally next week, otherwise august

Budget range- 400-500 ,before rebates (more if i can sell my old rig for a decent price)

Usage- Gaming, blu-ray movies, media center

Parts not required- monitor(for now), speakers, keyboard and mouse, maybe hdd and psu if I gut it from my old rig

preferred websites- newegg, ebay, and any other sites you guys may have had good experiences with

Country- USA

Crossfire- yes, but that will happen in the fall

monitor resolution- 1360-720 , and 1920-1080 when I switch screens

other comments- prefer it to not be too loud, my primary games is Crysis 2, Skyrim, and most modern titles.
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March 28, 2012 2:59:31 AM

the good news: you can keep the 6950. It'll still be nice.
for $500 for the rest:

i5-2400 + 8 GB DDR3-1333: $220.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte H61 Motherboard: $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
comes with SATA 3, USB 3, and PCIe 3.0, ready for ivy bridge and the GTX6xx and HD7xxx gpus

Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Bronze PSU: $69.99 w/ $10 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
more than plenty for your 6950, and from a great, reliable company

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD:$79.99 w/ Promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Redbone case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 22x DVD burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: $491.93

Shipping: $17.79

total: $509.72

rebates: $10

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March 28, 2012 3:19:29 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
the good news: you can keep the 6950. It'll still be nice.
for $500 for the rest:

i5-2400 + 8 GB DDR3-1333: $220.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte H61 Motherboard: $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
comes with SATA 3, USB 3, and PCIe 3.0, ready for ivy bridge and the GTX6xx and HD7xxx gpus

Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Bronze PSU: $69.99 w/ $10 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
more than plenty for your 6950, and from a great, reliable company

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD:$79.99 w/ Promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Redbone case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 22x DVD burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: $491.93

Shipping: $17.79

total: $509.72

rebates: $10


Thats really a solid list, I may go down to 4 gb of ram and go for the 2500k maybe, but this is still really a good list. Now I hope I can sell my old rig for 200 at least, though 300 would be ideal though unlikely lol. I have 240gb laptop hdd floating around, would that be a good idea to use to save some cash?
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