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April 7, 2012 8:27:00 AM

Hi everyone, my fiance is a huge Diablo fan and is planning on building a new gaming PC prior to release and his budget is 500-700. However I know he's way too busy (full time student/full time employment) to do this before Diablo 3 comes out so I've decided to build him one as an early birthday present. Except for the mouse, keyboard, and monitor he is absolutely not picky at all. I've done some research but most of this is beyond my understanding. I really don't know much about computers =/

Anyways, I've read some great things about the i5 2500k so I wanted to build around that. I found this build but am not sure if there's anything currently out that's better for the same price or if there are cost effective alternatives. Also we don't have a prior computer (both have laptops) to upgrade instead so this will be completely new. Thanks in advance I appreciate everything!


CPU-i5 2500k $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard-Asrock H61M/U3S3 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram-PNY Optima DDR3 1333 8gb $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card-XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 900M Video Card $175
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply-Antec 520w ATX $80
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HD-500gb Hard Drive 7200rpm $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Computer case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost w/o rebate comes to: $696
I'm sure there's probably better motherboards out there. I'm willing to spend an extra 100-200, but would actually prefer to reduce costs. Thanks again!

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April 7, 2012 8:49:20 AM

Yeah that looks good. A nice birthday present no-doubt. :-P

The 25k is a phenomenal CPU, but in very graphically intense games on high settings (like battlefield 3/crysis 2 Im not familiar with the system requirements of diablo 3) you will find the computer struggling because of the HD6870. If graphics power is a higher priority than processing power you could get a weaker i3 2100 and a stronger HD 6950/7950.

That being said if you do stick with the 25k, you should probably get a motherboard based on the p67 or z68 chipset, as you can overclock on those motherboards. You cannot on an H61. The 25k can overclock like crazy on a cheap air cooler, which is an option you might want to keep open for the future. If you want good, cheap motherboards look at the AsRock Extreme boards.
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April 7, 2012 8:55:53 AM

Right now, the rig has a ton more processing power than graphics ability. If you're planning on upgrading the video card later that's fine. However, if you'd rather build a balanced gaming PC off the bat (one where the CPU and graphics card top out around the same time and neither one bottlenecks the other), Here's a build you can use as a starting point:

$128 Core i3-2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$65 ASRock H61ICAFE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$85 Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$250 SAPPHIRE 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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$685

One good rule of thumb for building a balanced game PC right now is to spend 2-3x as much on your video solution as you spend on your processor.



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April 7, 2012 9:23:09 AM

That's pretty good, but you can probably get it done for cheaper. See the $600 build in my sig.
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April 7, 2012 9:52:13 AM

gogoJulieRanger said:
Hi everyone, my fiance is a huge Diablo fan and is planning on building a new gaming PC prior to release and his budget is 500-700. However I know he's way too busy (full time student/full time employment) to do this before Diablo 3 comes out so I've decided to build him one as an early birthday present. Except for the mouse, keyboard, and monitor he is absolutely not picky at all. I've done some research but most of this is beyond my understanding. I really don't know much about computers =/

Anyways, I've read some great things about the i5 2500k so I wanted to build around that. I found this build but am not sure if there's anything currently out that's better for the same price or if there are cost effective alternatives. Also we don't have a prior computer (both have laptops) to upgrade instead so this will be completely new. Thanks in advance I appreciate everything!


CPU-i5 2500k $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard-Asrock H61M/U3S3 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram-PNY Optima DDR3 1333 8gb $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card-XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 900M Video Card $175
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Power Supply-Antec 520w ATX $80
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HD-500gb Hard Drive 7200rpm $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Computer case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost w/o rebate comes to: $696
I'm sure there's probably better motherboards out there. I'm willing to spend an extra 100-200, but would actually prefer to reduce costs. Thanks again!



Looks good the only thing i think you need to do is swap the MB for this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its $14 more nut at least it will enable you to OC your lovely 2500k
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April 7, 2012 9:56:49 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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