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March 31, 2012 7:23:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: $700-$900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, Star Wars The Old Republic, interet surfing/email, netflix

Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigersdirect, newegg.com

Country: US (California)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type

Overclocking: Maybe (haven't yet, would like the option)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - only getting one graphics card now, option/upgrade would be nice

Additional Comments: reasonably quiet would be nice - i've had problems with overheating in the past (but didn't have gaming cases)
First time I'll build my own - I've replaced graphics, psu, ram, harddrive, added sounded & wireless cards before
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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

case Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20HAF%20912] $49.99 after rebate

Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219

uncertain if need to get a cpu cooler/heatsink if I'm not starting overclocked (know I'll need something mroe if I go for overcloking later, also got swamped with options)

Windows 7 home $99

Patriot G2 Series PGD38G1600ELK Division 2 Edition Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800, DDR3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, XMP Ready ]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7114146&sku=P33-5305] $29.99 after rebate

z68 motherboard, haven't been able to pick one, decent (reliable) brand

debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130629 $123.89 after rebate
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $119.99 after rebate

Opinions/advice appreciated.

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March 31, 2012 6:55:33 PM

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debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130629 $123.89 after rebate
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =E145-0552 $119.99 after rebate


Don't get either - the 550TI is not a good choice and the 6790 is old and outdated as well.

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Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


You're going to want to replace that PSU if you want any sort of quality GPU - Coolmax is not a good manufacturer, for modern GPUs you need one that's certified and rated from a reliable manufacturer.

Here's what I generally recommend on a $900 build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $967.91 - $25.00 MIR = $942.91 ($842.91 without Windows)

A little bit over budget but you get the current reigning champ of mid range GPUs - it's a huge step up from the 550TI and 6790 - the 7850 is matching the GTX 570 in tests.
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March 31, 2012 7:10:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130629 $123.89 after rebate
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =E145-0552 $119.99 after rebate


Don't get either - the 550TI is not a good choice and the 6790 is old and outdated as well.

Quote:
Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


You're going to want to replace that PSU if you want any sort of quality GPU - Coolmax is not a good manufacturer, for modern GPUs you need one that's certified and rated from a reliable manufacturer.

Here's what I generally recommend on a $900 build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $967.91 - $25.00 MIR = $942.91 ($842.91 without Windows)

A little bit over budget but you get the current reigning champ of mid range GPUs - it's a huge step up from the 550TI and 6790 - the 7850 is matching the GTX 570 in tests.



Agree with G-Unit. You will appreciate the graphics boost by going a step or 2 up. I would get at least the 7850. If you cannot afford this card look at a 560ti. That would be the lowest I'd suggest you go.

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April 1, 2012 2:01:16 AM

Thanks for the advice. Are there any compatibility issues with this build now:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99

trying to pick compatible ram at 1600, 2 4G
ram kingston KHX1600C9D3K2 $48.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
adata AX3U1600GC4G9-1G $25 tiger (1G part not listed on compatibility on Asrock chart) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Video Card: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 after MIR

6870 more than I first looking at, and less than the recommendations. (There is some possibility I'm going to be passing along my video card to roommate in half a year & replacing it)
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99

Ordering the motherboard, process and video card tonight (sales expiring).
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April 8, 2012 12:09:11 AM

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