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Advice on $700-750 Intel Build

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March 31, 2012 10:02:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 600-750 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Surfing, Document Writing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country:USA

Parts Preferences: Open to AMD or Intel

Overclocking: Have never overclocked, so probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Ummm, maybe at some point in the future. Not a deal breaker though

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Want something quiet, and something that will allow me to play future games (MMORPG, FPS) on above average settings. My last build was AMD (in 2002). Building this to mainly play D3, BF3, and upcoming games. Also want a clean build w/good cable management.


I've been reading a lot on this site regarding the best bang for your buck in gaming hardware. It seems like the Intel might be the way to go. I threw these components together, and hoping I can get some advice from some of the guru's out there....if this build will be suffice and work well together.



COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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...


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card by Sapphire Technology
http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...


Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





March 31, 2012 10:12:07 PM

That list you just showed would be a great build for your purposes. How much is all that? The only change I would make to that is BF3 recommeneds a 6950 or higher graphics card to run high settings. But if you set everything to medium-high it will run great. And if you want to crossfire in the future get that 6870 but get a better power supply, something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 31, 2012 10:27:53 PM

The total is 731.92 before shipping.....$749.36 w/shipping.

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April 1, 2012 3:02:42 AM

Go with the 560 Ti, and get a different and cheaper mobo. You don't need a Z68 because you're not overclocking. I can't really suggest a different one, since I don't know that much about other motherboards, but it will definitely save you about $30 (at the least) that you can put into a 560 Ti
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April 1, 2012 3:38:43 AM

For the build, with the 1100t that the article suggests, an i5-2400 is around the same price but performs much better.
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April 1, 2012 3:51:54 AM

just to let the op know the z77 mb will be out soon and so will the ivy bridge cpu chips. the replacement ivy brige i-5-2400 is going to be the same price per leak info.
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April 1, 2012 3:57:49 AM

I honestly do not think just because IB comes out that SB will no longer be a worthwhile option to use.
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April 1, 2012 4:16:02 AM

azeem40 said:
I honestly do not think just because IB comes out that SB will no longer be a worthwhile option to use.

That depends. What CPU are you currently using? If you have like a Core 2 or Nehalem, the jump to Ivy Bridge and skipping Sandy Bridge would be well worth it, and in your budget if you buy smart.
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April 1, 2012 4:18:44 AM

I am building a whole new computer. :p 
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April 1, 2012 4:19:09 AM

Oh, and I already bought an i5-2500k and Gigabyte Z68x-UD3H.
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April 1, 2012 4:35:47 AM

azeem40 said:
Oh, and I already bought an i5-2500k and Gigabyte Z68x-UD3H.

Oh, well if you already bought it then there is no sense in getting Ivy Bridge, unless you MUST have the most up to date parts. Sandy Bridge is still VERY good. I would say get Haswell once it is released, as it is an entirely NEW architecture instead of a die shrink.
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April 1, 2012 4:36:49 AM

No worries. I realize it was my fault lol.
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