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April 11, 2012 4:00:34 AM

This will be my first ride at the rodeo for building my own PC. I have a decent amount of knowledge, but my compatibility knowledge is poor.

Here's what I have so far, my budget is ~$700 for all the components.


Processor: Intel i5 Quad Core 2400 $190
GPU: Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $80
Mobo: ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $105
RAM (8 GB total): CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - $55
CD/DVD ROM: LG DVD burner - $18
HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $79


Any suggestions on changes or anything?

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April 11, 2012 4:22:04 AM

And I'm not going to be performing on extreme high end games, I'm gonna be running a 1600x1050 max prob
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April 11, 2012 4:41:09 AM

I agree with Obsama. Shave a little here and there and get a better GPU. The one he linked is a good example. I recommend going with this case:



The airflow is fantastic and it doesn't have USB 3.0 but I find personally that makes no difference for me.

Ram wise:



A touch slower than the ram in your original build but like you said no extreme gaming.

That is what I recommend if you are going to keep the i5. However, you can always go with an i3 processor and get very similar results, especially since you are not looking to use even a mid grade GPU.

Mobo

Processor with a free extended warranty.

Just my two cents good luck. Picking parts is usually the hardest part lol.
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April 11, 2012 4:53:21 AM

It's recommend to keep the 1600s for the i5, but I changed to the G skillz 2x4, which shaved ~$15 off the price. I might upgrade to that GPU, but no one seems to have it in stock haha,

What are the performances differences in the i3 and i5? I'm just nervous about downgrading to a dual core because this is a computer I want to last like at least 2 years. Will the games move too far beyond the dual core?

I might take a second look at your case.
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April 11, 2012 4:56:45 AM

Can anyone recommend a GPU that's between the one I wanted and the one obsama recommend?
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April 11, 2012 5:24:32 AM

The 6850 is $70 more but much better than both yours and obsama's GPU.
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April 11, 2012 9:47:47 AM

The i3 is more than capable with games now and for a while. Sandy Bridge is the truth.

What it really boils down to is that you will be playing on a lower resolution with a low end graphics card and the i5 will just be bottlenecked by it. If you have any aspirations of upgrading your display and graphics card down the road, the i3 will still perform for you.



Toms has a few great articles like this that show that the i3 is a great gaming processor and they test everything at a higher resolution.

So go with an i3 and a Radeon 6870 and enjoy max details on all your games IMHO.
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April 11, 2012 8:21:58 PM

Bolivious said:
The i3 is more than capable with games now and for a while. Sandy Bridge is the truth.

What it really boils down to is that you will be playing on a lower resolution with a low end graphics card and the i5 will just be bottlenecked by it. If you have any aspirations of upgrading your display and graphics card down the road, the i3 will still perform for you.



Toms has a few great articles like this that show that the i3 is a great gaming processor and they test everything at a higher resolution.

So go with an i3 and a Radeon 6870 and enjoy max details on all your games IMHO.


Could I stick with the i5 processor and upgrade to the 6870?

Also I wasl looking at the geforce 460 as well, as I've heard that card delivers come pretty good bang for the buck.
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