Super close to ordering, final opinions?

Hey guys, ill probably be ordering tonight or tomorrow, so I just wanted to ask for some final opinions and do a compatibility check. Thanks!


Approximate Purchase Date: By Tomorrow Night

Budget Range: 600$ maximum before taxes and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: School work, Gaming (Diablo 3, BF 3, etc), Internet browsing, Music

Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Thanks!

What I've Got So Far:

Case: Sunbeam EVO IC-EVO-BK
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811166055

Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

MOBO: ASRock H61ICAFE
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157246

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

GPU: XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

Total: 597.92$

Any suggestions would help a lot! Thanks!
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  1. Should work OK.

    I would suggest making fewer sacrifices in the name of keeping price down and letting it go to $700 to get much higher quality parts, but if $600 is the limit then the sacrifices you made to get it down that far are reasonable.

    Anything else you could do would just be sacrificing in place A instead of place B.

    I don't think you could get higher quality components on average while keeping the budget the same.
  2. So would Ivy Bridge be worth waiting for?
    As well as raising my budget to 700?
    How much performance gain could i get for the extra 100?
  3. If you don't need the PC now, you can wait for Ivy Bridge if you want. You should be able to get about 10% more speed out of similar components between sandy bridge and ivy bridge (like 2550k vs 3550k).

    If the prices are the same (which I can't guarantee) then you would have more bang for your buck by waiting and buying the IB version (same bucks, more bang) or waiting till later and buying the SB (less bucks, same bang).

    Budget raise to $700 - There are two ways you could go with this.

    1) You could just plain buy higher performance parts in a couple areas and stay with the same weak parts in other areas. You would get more performance this way, another $100 worth.

    2) You could get higher quality components in the areas you are weak. This wouldn't get much of a performance gain this way, but your computer would be more likely to work right out of the box, less likely to need to troubleshoot hardware failures, and give you a generally better user experience with a lot less headaches attached.

    I would do #2 if it was me in your shoes.
  4. So if I had the extra 100 which components would you suggest upgrading first?
  5. Maybe this PSU instead

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    this motherboard

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    this RAM

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148347

    this CD Drive

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    and a bigger hard drive if you had any money left over. Not from Hitachi.

    - Edit - By the way, I looked through some parts and everything seems to have a really high shipping cost right now. I am used to everything being free to ship when I buy from www.newegg.com. Maybe I just time purchases well (Black Friday here is when I got my last things), but $10 - $20 per part just seems really high to me.
  6. Alright thanks ill probably end up waiting for Ivy Bridge, as i am not in dire need of a new pc at the moment
  7. elyjah said:
    So would Ivy Bridge be worth waiting for?
    As well as raising my budget to 700?
    How much performance gain could i get for the extra 100?


    Not and especialy not at your budget. The price will be higher so they won,t fit your budget and the incrase isn't that much (10% or so).

    If you can get some more money and buy an ie-2400 it would be a bether move IMO.

    Also as my two cents I'd say that anyone may save money in the long therm buying an i5-2500 or i5-2500k. Higher price now but an i5-2500k will last you for years if you play in 1600-1200 or 1080p with medium quality wich seem to be your case if your asking for a 600$ build.

    But for 600$ you can,t get any ebther then what you've listed I'd say.
  8. I5 2500k + better mobo + cpu cooler now would be better than waiting for ivy bridge and sticking with i3 and staying cheaper?
  9. I think your going to need at least 6870 for 1080p in BF3.
  10. Even on medium settings?
  11. Yes that power supply you listed is not very good and could end up effecting your whole system. Never skimp on the power supply as a bad one can take out your whole system.
    Always go with one that is name branded and has good specs.
    I cant tell you how many times on this forum alone people have had bad experiences with their new systems because they researched all the parts they wanted, then just picked a cheapo power supply to stay in budget .
  12. For $10-$20 more A 6870 is a big upgrade to a 6850, %33 faster I think.
  13. Which power supply would you recommend to maintain my budget?
  14. Yea i agree the 6870 is what ill probably end up choosing
  15. If you really want to save some money, I'd go with 4 GB of RAM. It's not much of a saving but it is still money. If this comp is needed for school then you shouldn't be running very intensive programs at all (Maya, Photoshop etc.). In that case 4 GB should be enough for your needs. But I can't say for sure what programs you would use on a regular basis so you can decide whether you need the 8 GB or not.
  16. 8 GBs is what people should have with a 64 bit OS. The amount of RAM on the video card is reserved right out of that and unused.

    With 4 GBs and a 2 GB card, you would be looking at 2 GBs for the game and none for the OS.

    If they don't have a 2GB card now, maybe they will in a year or 2.

    One of the major RAM makers just went bankrupt and that will likely lead to an increase in RAM prices in the relatively near future. Might as well just stock up on the whole 2x 4GBs now.

    Even if the person doesn't have a 64 bit OS now, their next system will probably have that, so 2x 4GBs now wouldn't be recognized now, but it would be as soon as the OS was upgraded.

    Also, the 6870 isn't even close to 33% better than the 6850 from my information.

    Passmark isn't the most popular benchmark, but it is one and it shows the 6870 with 2828 frames in the time it took the 6850 to draw 2751 frames. That is less than 3% more.

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    There is you a link to the page that shows this data.

    I would love to see a page showing the 6870 being 33% ahead using any benchmark program of any kind.

    The 6950 is 33% of the 6850, but the 6870 definitely isn't.
  17. just to let you know intel z77 mb will be out on april the 8th. also in april is more video cards from nvidia based on keplar.
    as newer cpu and gpu come out older stock like the 68xx you were looking at does get discounted but that becuase the vendors have placed it at eof. with small cases be carefull of two issues. one that the cpu cooler you buy is not to tall for the case where it hit the side panel or side fan. and the gpu card lenth. dont want to buy an 11 inch long card and have a case lenth be 10.5.
  18. smorizio said:
    just to let you know intel z77 mb will be out on april the 8th. also in april is more video cards from nvidia based on keplar.
    as newer cpu and gpu come out older stock like the 68xx you were looking at does get discounted but that becuase the vendors have placed it at eof. with small cases be carefull of two issues. one that the cpu cooler you buy is not to tall for the case where it hit the side panel or side fan. and the gpu card lenth. dont want to buy an 11 inch long card and have a case lenth be 10.5.

    Why_Me linked and it said April 29th, so Idk what to believe.
  19. So waiting til mid-late April could see drop in current prices as well as new components for same price?
  20. According to Why_Me, yes @ the same price part. No to current SB prices.
  21. Generally speaking, the longer you wait for any computer part the less you have to pay for it.

    That doesn't apply if, for example, a huge RAM maker goes out of business (Elpida) or a country that makes almost all the hard drives in the world gets hit with very harsh natural disasters (Taiwan), but it does hold up for the most part.

    Good things come to those who wait. People say that, right?

    Every day that goes by the 2500k is a tiny bit more obsolete than the day before. Sooner or later the stores will have to drop the price in order to get rid of them. They want to get rid of them to make space in the warehouse for the new stuff people want instead.

    So, yeah, older technology often gets put on special deals, especially after the next best thing gets released.

    How long it takes for those deals to happen, that is something that is much harder to predict. It helps to be very patient.

    - Edit - As an example, I remember when the first RAM sticks came out that were 1 MB in size. I am not taking about 1 GB here, I am talking about 1000x less than that. They were like $100 for the first one I saw in my nearby computer parts store if I remember right. I drooled over that thing.

    Now I can buy 2 x 4 GB (8000x more) RAM for less than half that cost. That RAM was 66 mhz too, IIRC, so the current RAM is more than 20 times that fast too.

    So basically for less than half the money I get like 160,000x the performance, if my math is right.

    Not that I suggest waiting 20+ years to buy a 2500k, but if you did it would probably cost you like 1 cent to buy it from somebody. They might even pay you to take it 20 years from now.

    That all being said, I would expect the 2500k to be under $200 even online (and $150 or so at Micro Center) within 1 year from now.
  22. Don't buy an ASRock board. They are complete inconsistant with quality. Some guys end up with good ones that are stable, others end up messing around for hours with flaky boards. Some are even physically warped. Just google ASRock issues and look for yourself.

    Buy a cheap ASUS board. I've installed hundreds of ASUS H61 boards and haven't had a single bad one yet.
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