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~$1300 gaming build (Intel/Nvidia preferably)

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April 10, 2012 7:03:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Upcoming weeks
* Budget Range: $1200-1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming >>>> DivX/Online poker
Parts Not Required: I have Win7, and basically don't need anything that isn't part of the case/tower
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Swiss websites (prodimex.ch 1000ordi.ch digitec.ch)
Country: Switzerland
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU preferably, but open minded especially regarding the GPU
Overclocking: Slight OC is alright, no "crazy" stuff though
SLI or Crossfire: preferably not
Monitor Resolution: have 2x 1920x1200 monitors

Additional Comments:

- want a SSD drive (120G sounds good)
- after reading a bit on this forum and elsewhere, looks like i should go for smth like I5-2400 (or was it 2500?) and a GTX 680?
* - Regarding the GPU. I get it, the GTX 680 is awesome, that said if there is any way to pay let's say 40% less to only lose like 10% performances that would sounds good to me. Basically I want an high end GPU but it has to make sense performance/money wise.

Thanks a bunch in advance!
April 10, 2012 8:08:57 PM

http://www.1000ordi.ch/62569 CHF 81.00
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520

http://www.1000ordi.ch/71247 CHF 106.00
ASRock Z68 PRO3 Gen3

http://www.1000ordi.ch/64168 CHF 230.00
Intel Core i5-2500K

http://prodimex.ch/pInfos.aspx?CODE=C08G27 CHF 54.00
C08G27 - DDR3 8GB [2x4GB] DDR1600 (PC3-12800) - CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile [CML8GX3M2A1600C9]

http://prodimex.ch/pInfos.aspx?CODE=D27C22 CHF 547.40
D27C22 - EVGA GeForce GTX 680 PCIe ( GeForce GTX680 2048MB 2xDVI HDMI Display port )

http://www.1000ordi.ch/72113 CHF 115.00
Seagate Barracuda SATA 6 Gb/s - 1.0 TB
April 10, 2012 8:46:51 PM

Thank you!

Ok I guess i'm going with the i5-2500k for sure now

Is the MOBO good enough? I take no particular pleasure in setting money on fire but it looks a bit cheap for what a good MOBO usually cost? or is it just me being silly?

The GTX 680 seems to be pretty difficult to find, any good alternative, perhaps better performance/price wise? it'd have to be high-end still though
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April 10, 2012 9:06:55 PM

Cole31 said:
Thank you!

Ok I guess i'm going with the i5-2500k for sure now

Is the MOBO good enough? I take no particular pleasure in setting money on fire but it looks a bit cheap for what a good MOBO usually cost? or is it just me being silly?

The GTX 680 seems to be pretty difficult to find, any good alternative, perhaps better performance/price wise? it'd have to be high-end still though


http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3%... <------ That mobo.

The gtx 680's will be out on shelves April 11th so if you can wait until then I would. Also on April 29th Ivy Bridge cpu's are released and will be the same price as the Sandy Bridge cpu's. Ivy Bridge 3750K will be equivelent to the 2500K but on a new and smaller die and it will also support PCI-E 3.0 along with some other goodies.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro3 <----- That board + gtx 680 + 3750K would be ideal and you only have 3 more weeks to wait. Also it will be the same price as that build I posted up above.
April 10, 2012 9:25:34 PM

Cole31 said:
Thank you!

Ok I guess i'm going with the i5-2500k for sure now

Is the MOBO good enough? I take no particular pleasure in setting money on fire but it looks a bit cheap for what a good MOBO usually cost? or is it just me being silly?

The GTX 680 seems to be pretty difficult to find, any good alternative, perhaps better performance/price wise? it'd have to be high-end still though


Give it about a month - newer GPUs will start to trickle out that will meet the various price ranges including the 660 and 670 which will be priced to compete with the 7870 and 7950 respectively.
April 10, 2012 9:30:34 PM

Thank you why_me and g-unit1111

Gonna wait a month for Ivy bridge and 660/670 then I guess. Looks like the best way to get the best performance/price ratio in the high-end'ish category
April 10, 2012 9:42:43 PM

Cole31 said:
Thank you why_me and g-unit1111

Gonna wait a month for Ivy bridge and 660/670 then I guess. Looks like the best way to get the best performance/price ratio in the high-end'ish category


I'd consider my PC to be high-end ish (will be high end when I upgrade to either Ivy or X79), my work PC is about an $800 build.
June 10, 2012 10:43:06 PM

G-unit1111, you helped me put together a new desktop in december. Unfortunately I could no build any computer. However sometime this year I know that I will be able to build one! great!, will there be any new GPU's or CPU's out this year?

keep an eye out for my future posts in 4 months.
June 10, 2012 10:49:03 PM

hardwareman11 said:
G-unit1111, you helped me put together a new desktop in december. Unfortunately I could no build any computer. However sometime this year I know that I will be able to build one! great!, will there be any new GPU's or CPU's out this year?

keep an eye out for my future posts in 4 months.

Intel socket 1155 Z77 motherboards

Intel Ivy Bridge 3570K i5 cpu

GTX 660 gpu <--- due for release July/August
June 11, 2012 4:53:09 PM

Is the GTX 660 gonna be better than a 670? what about last year's card? any real difference between now and then cards?, the 3570k's are out already, new z77 Motherboard's?

What is the best 1155 boardo out now and will Nvidia change there socket type sometime by next year?
June 11, 2012 5:30:41 PM

hardwareman11 said:
Is the GTX 660 gonna be better than a 670? what about last year's card? any real difference between now and then cards?, the 3570k's are out already, new z77 Motherboard's?

What is the best 1155 boardo out now and will Nvidia change there socket type sometime by next year?

The 660 should run head to head with the 7870 and for $50 USD cheaper. Seeing how the gtx 580 was going for $500 USD this time last year and the 7870 beats that card more times than naught the gtx 660 will be a bargain for the price ($300).

These new generation cards don't require much power so it saves you right there on purchasing a power supply. Dual 580's required a minimum 850w psu although 900+w is what was recommended for those cards. A 650w psu should push dual 660's but until the benchmarks are released we can't say that for sure.

As far as a new socket, Haswell is due out the end of 2013. No word though on what to expect.
June 11, 2012 10:20:55 PM

Alright. Technology is always getting better.
So if the Motherboard cannot support a new cpu; that is the time for a whole new computer?
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