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April 7, 2012 1:45:52 AM

Finish college. Got a decent job, so now I plan on building a new machine. I am on here for any helpful insight possible.

Please advise on the motherboard and graphics card.

Approximate Purchase Date: Throughout the next couple of weeks. I am willing to wait a bit. (Ex. new ivy bridge hopefully will price drop sandy bridge)
Budget Range: under $800 (absolute max is $875) after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Diablo 3, Skyrim, etc...), Online Streaming, media streaming to TV, Music, Internet, Skype,

Parts Not Required: Don't need mouse, Power Supply, Moniter, Keyboard, HDD, or Wireless card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg. Though any non bidding sites.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: So far here is my choice selection:

• Case:
o Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N
o Price: $120.99 (Amazon)

• Graphics Card:
o XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5
o Price: $129.99 (Newegg after all discounts and rebates)
o Note: This deal ends soon please Advise if the card is worth it or not

• Memory
o G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600
o Price: $46.99 (Newegg)

• CPU
o Intel i5 2500K
o Price: $218.98 (Amazon) or $219.99 + $10 Gift card (Newegg)

• CPU Heatsink
o Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
o Price: $26.43 (Amazon)

• Motherboard
o Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
o Price: $124.99 (Newegg after discounts and rebates)
o Note: This deal ends soon please Advise if the motherboard is worth it or not
o Other Considerations: If you know of any others please say so.


• Disc Drive
o Samsung 22X SATA DDRW
o Price: $14.99

Already Purchased:
CORSAIR Enthusiast TX750 V2 (non-modular)
o Price: $69.99

Total: $753.35

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (I might get new monitor later on)

Additional Comments: I like to have a nice full tower case; however that can change. I have already purchased a 750W Corsair PSU (with 62 A on +12V) . I might be getting a SDD to have my OS.

I might consider the Ivy Bridge since they come out on sunday.

More about : build years upgrades

April 7, 2012 5:40:44 AM

Good build!
April 7, 2012 5:41:30 AM

GPU: Go with Nvidia. Now that the 600 seiries is out, get a 560 for cheap.

Mobo: Asus P8Z68. Has UEFI BIOS and GPU boost.

CPU: i7-2600. It has Hyperthreading.

Case: The best case on the market is the CM Haf 932.

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April 7, 2012 5:42:16 AM

No such thing as "the best case".
April 7, 2012 5:54:32 AM

azeem40 said:
No such thing as "the best case".


In my opinion
April 7, 2012 3:12:59 PM

Now I didn't think about the 560. It doesn't seem like it is worth the extra money. Along with getting an i7.

Now the is the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 a better board for the extra money than the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
April 7, 2012 4:17:48 PM

HertzKnight said:
Now I didn't think about the 560. It doesn't seem like it is worth the extra money. Along with getting an i7.

Now the is the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 a better board for the extra money than the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3


Just make sure to get the CM HAF 932
April 7, 2012 4:19:44 PM

The above case is not needed for just one/two GPUs.
April 7, 2012 4:33:05 PM

azeem40 said:
The above case is not needed for just one/two GPUs.


I never said anything about GPU's. Besides, it's amazing.
April 7, 2012 4:42:14 PM

for gaming 2500k is the best choice.. As azeem says there is no such thing as best case.. You don't have to spend 20 more $ to buy a HAF 932 if you don't want it..
April 7, 2012 4:43:05 PM

I was talking about the OP. I doubt he has any need for a full tower case. Just a waste of $.
April 7, 2012 4:58:40 PM

First of all chose the case YOU like best.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this is nice and comes to the same price after shipping so it's your decision.
But both cases are nice with internal USB 3.0 support (no cables running to the rear). Your current motherboard is fine I don't see it being worth the extra money for the ASUS.
Just throwing in another case I personally like.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only thing that I would change is the GPU. It seems you have about $100 left in your budget so if you can get one of these (worst to best, but all better than the current GPU).
560Ti- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7850- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
570- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here is how they perform in comparison all the reference model (from left to right, first card listed is the 570, second is 7850, third is the 560Ti and the last one is the 6870).
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/compa...
The 560Ti listed is $10 more than others but is highly overclocked stock, if you don't mind overclocking then you can get this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 7850 listed is good because it is one of the lower prices for a non-reference cooler and thus better to overclock.
Lastly the 570 is overclocked a bit stock with these two being other possible options
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASRock motherboard doesn't have any on board USB 3.0 header.
April 7, 2012 4:59:24 PM

The case isn't a big issue to be honest more for look and ease of installation. The main thing I am trying to figure out is the mobo and the graphics card. I know the RAM will be more than enough.

My biggest thing right now will be playing diablo 3.

I want to make sure I am not screwing myself over on the graphics card. I want to get the best one possible, but still remain decently in my budget. If I need to downgrade the case to stay within budget I am ok with that.

Mainly is the graphics card I have good enough to play most of the games on max setting? Should I buy it now?

Should I wait for Ivy Bridge to come out before I buy a mobo and processor?
April 7, 2012 5:04:20 PM

Nice build... I think you got all the help you can get in that section but Diablo 3 really? A mediocre game for a nice pc? quite sad day.
April 7, 2012 5:04:49 PM

If possible I would definitively upgrade the GPU, and I'd keep the Gigabyte motherboard.
April 7, 2012 5:21:24 PM

DroKing said:
Nice build... I think you got all the help you can get in that section but Diablo 3 really? A mediocre game for a nice pc? quite sad day.


I want to get back into PC gaming. and Diablo 3 will be great. lol I pretty sure I can easily run max with this new build.

Also Any suggestions on a better GPU? The max I like to spend is around 200-220. I thought the 6870 for 130 was a great buy.
April 7, 2012 5:25:05 PM

560ti.
April 7, 2012 8:20:12 PM

Yes I do want to have usb 3.0 ports in the front (to be honest the front top). Now the ASUS and Gigabyte mobos seem to be the best so far.

And I might get the 560 ti (after rebates it is still about 60-70 which isnt too bad). I do have room in the budget for it. Now I might not overclock the GPU until I really need to.

Now I might be waiting on the Mobo and CPU. Is it worth to go with an i5 Ivy bridge? I believe it has a 5-10% better performance and lower wattage. If so what north bridge chipset should I be looking into?
April 7, 2012 9:07:36 PM

Z77 and i5-3570k. It is worth it since it will support PCIe 3.0 completely.
April 8, 2012 2:36:22 AM

But PCI-E 3.0 is useless even a 680 can't max out PCI-E 2.0. When PCI-E can be fully saturated then 3.0 is worth it but this generation of GPU's will experience no benefit.
April 8, 2012 1:43:20 PM

I though about getting an ivy bridge. It would boost up preformance. And a PCI-E 3.0 board won't be a bad idea for further upgrades.

Also I been looking into maybe doing crossfire with 2x 6870s. I buy the one today and buy the other later on if I need it. Are there any downsides to that idea?

If not I was thinking this card: EVGA 560 ti

Is there anywhere else I should look to get 560ti. If I can gt one cheaper it would be nicer.
April 8, 2012 2:11:03 PM

Yes that is a good plan just make sure you get a PSU that can handle that (4 PCI-e connectors). Two 6870 would be very nice with two 560Ti's as an even better option.

Currently the 560Ti's lowest price is $200 but for a while you could get one for $180 on newegg. If you wait there should be a good sale again.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=68454&vpn=N560GTX-Ti-M...
This current promotion at least has an 6870 on sale.
http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landi...
You can also get 10% off some GPU. (never mind none of them are cheaper 560Ti's)
http://promotions.newegg.com/nepro/12-1177/index.html?c...
April 8, 2012 10:33:37 PM

andrewcarr said:
Yes that is a good plan just make sure you get a PSU that can handle that (4 PCI-e connectors). Two 6870 would be very nice with two 560Ti's as an even better option.

Currently the 560Ti's lowest price is $200 but for a while you could get one for $180 on newegg. If you wait there should be a good sale again.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=68454&vpn=N560GTX-Ti-M...
This current promotion at least has an 6870 on sale.
http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landi...
You can also get 10% off some GPU. (never mind none of them are cheaper 560Ti's)
http://promotions.newegg.com/nepro/12-1177/index.html?c...


Thanks for the heads up on the sale. I didn't even see that sale. I am going to buy my RAM now. I am really thinking about doing the 6870 and just waiting for another sale or wait a month or 2 to get another one.
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