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April 9, 2012 6:47:54 PM

I'm building a computer for a friend (USA) and I know he wants to go with intel/nvidia. Its getting built this month and the only part he already has is the case. (also already has monitor that the resolution is 1920x1080, keyboard, mouse, mousepad, and speakers) I will buy from Newegg, Tigerdirect, and Amazon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---The case he has.

The budget is $600-700. The main purpose for this computer is playing older games and web surfing (by older i mean HL2, CSS...). He wants to use the stock fan and heatsink that comes with the new processor. There will be no overclocking. Any build ideas/advice is welcomed. THANKS!

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April 9, 2012 6:58:55 PM

Here you go - this is without monitor:

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 - $59.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel Box DH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $41.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 MIR)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $667.92 - $45.00 MIR = $622.92
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April 10, 2012 4:59:55 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go - this is without monitor:

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 - $59.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel Box DH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $41.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 MIR)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $667.92 - $45.00 MIR = $622.92


That looks close to what I was thinking. However, he wants nvidia and I was thinking maybe a 550 ti like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and use the few $ that was saved ($115 compared to the 6850 being $150) and get an I5 2300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 10, 2012 5:30:25 PM

logox said:
That looks close to what I was thinking. However, he wants nvidia and I was thinking maybe a 550 ti like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and use the few $ that was saved ($115 compared to the 6850 being $150) and get an I5 2300

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The 6850 far outperforms a 550TI, I wouldn't get the i5-2300 - you should put that money in the GPU - that's where you'll notice the biggest difference on any build.

You can see the results here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-radeon-grap...
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April 10, 2012 5:48:32 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The 6850 far outperforms a 550TI, I wouldn't get the i5-2300 - you should put that money in the GPU - that's where you'll notice the biggest difference on any build.

You can see the results here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-radeon-grap...


I know it is better but he is one of those fanboys. (He wouldn't even let me explain to him that there isn't too much difference as far as quality and drivers.) So thats why I thought getting a 550 ti and I5 would be best sense he refuses to get anything AMD/ATI.
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April 10, 2012 5:54:48 PM

logox said:
I know it is better but he is one of those fanboys. (He wouldn't even let me explain to him that there isn't too much difference as far as quality and drivers.) So thats why I thought getting a 550 ti and I5 would be best sense he refuses to get anything AMD/ATI.


I just replaced a pair of 550TIs with a 7870 - I'm neutral in which GPU I choose, I go with the fastest one I can get for the money. The 7870 is amazing, after hooking it up last night I played Skyrim on ultra high res and was getting about 50FPS at full 1080p. With the 550TIs, I was barely averaging 25 - 30 FPS.

If he insists on a 550TI - go with this one - it's a far better brand: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 10, 2012 5:59:39 PM

I also have the 7870 and its a great card.
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April 10, 2012 6:02:51 PM

odwillia said:
I also have the 7870 and its a great card.


It was $350 well spent. Of course my wallet's a bit lighter now. :lol: 
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April 10, 2012 6:22:58 PM

g-unit1111 said:
It was $350 well spent. Of course my wallet's a bit lighter now. :lol: 


Yeah, mine too. But well worth it!
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April 10, 2012 8:47:39 PM
April 10, 2012 8:55:51 PM

I was going to get the 7870, but I decided on splurging for the 7950. Played BFBC2 yesterday and it was simply amazing!
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April 10, 2012 9:01:08 PM



That should be a good build.

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I was going to get the 7870, but I decided on splurging for the 7950. Played BFBC2 yesterday and it was simply amazing!


I wanted a 680 but couldn't justify the price - the 7870 was the sweet spot and I was playing Skyrim last night and it was amazing on it.
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April 11, 2012 1:20:40 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That should be a good build.

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I was going to get the 7870, but I decided on splurging for the 7950. Played BFBC2 yesterday and it was simply amazing!


I wanted a 680 but couldn't justify the price - the 7870 was the sweet spot and I was playing Skyrim last night and it was amazing on it.


Yea I'm planning on upgrading from a gtx 560 to a 680 or wait and see the other 6XX cards.
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April 11, 2012 1:21:26 AM

Best answer selected by logox.
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