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$450 (have GPU) Gaming Build

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April 10, 2012 2:44:20 AM

Hello everyone. Asking for advice on my build, I have a Radeon 4850 that I'm going to put in until I have enough money (a bit less than a month) to upgrade to a HD 6850/6870.


Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: ~$450 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video editing, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: OS, Graphics Card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, other than that don't really care

Overclocking: Just "turbo-boost" if I do

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x720, 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like a window, nothing other than that.

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Current build:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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April 10, 2012 3:37:45 AM

No-one has any comments? I guess I'm golden :p 
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April 10, 2012 3:39:05 AM

Biostar sucks. Get a MOBO from ASUS, GIGABYTE or ASRock.
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April 10, 2012 3:56:27 AM

Also, Rosewill psu's are hit or miss. What GPU do you have?
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April 10, 2012 3:56:45 AM

Agreed @ the Biostar comment. You can find a mobo with FireWire integrated so you can ditch the add-on card. I'd also ditch the refurb HDD for a new one.
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April 10, 2012 4:04:02 AM

I've got a radeon HD 4850, said that in OP :p  As far as MB, I guess I'll opt for the ASRock...
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April 10, 2012 4:06:23 AM

Thats a lot of CPU for a 4850 GPU. Even if you upgrade to a 6850 or 6870 later, you're really limiting yourself in a lot of areas. I would suggest nothing smaller than a 650W PSU. I would look at H67 chipset mobo's by ASUS or Gigabyte and 1600MHz DIMMS. With the games that are coming out today, anything less and they're unplayable. Do yourself a favor and get the upgrades now and it will save you a ton a money in the very near future.
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April 10, 2012 4:20:19 AM

OK, switched some things around, going with an ASUS board currently
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April 10, 2012 4:26:16 AM

upsguy1974 said:
Thats a lot of CPU for a 4850 GPU. Even if you upgrade to a 6850 or 6870 later, you're really limiting yourself in a lot of areas. I would suggest nothing smaller than a 650W PSU. I would look at H67 chipset mobo's by ASUS or Gigabyte and 1600MHz DIMMS. With the games that are coming out today, anything less and they're unplayable. Do yourself a favor and get the upgrades now and it will save you a ton a money in the very near future.

What's the difference between the H67 and H61 chipsets?
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April 10, 2012 2:13:34 PM

I see...
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April 10, 2012 2:50:43 PM

Also, I have a case that I like enough, but I don't have any of the hardware (screws, stand-offs etc.). Is there a way to buy those seperately? Or maybe just buy a really cheap case and use the screws and whatnot from it?
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April 10, 2012 4:53:24 PM

That second one looks like it will be perfect. Thanks :)  Switched that out. Also, do you think that one screw kit will be enough, or will I need two. Check it out, there's a link on the wishlist ;) 
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April 10, 2012 5:20:51 PM

termhn said:
That second one looks like it will be perfect. Thanks :)  Switched that out. Also, do you think that one screw kit will be enough, or will I need two. Check it out, there's a link on the wishlist ;) 



I believe one screw kit should be enough.
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April 10, 2012 6:17:39 PM

OK, used all your guy's suggestions. Great trimmed down to only $20 over what I wanted, which is great :D  Thanks everyone for the help :) 
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April 10, 2012 7:26:59 PM

Also, if I get a favorable pricematch review from NCIX, I'll be able to get a 2500K :D  Overclocking :) 
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