Gaming rig, i5 2400, $600-$650

i5 2400 build for around $650.

Do you guys see anything wrong with this?

I will be gaming (LoL, WoW, Diablo 3)

Only thing I am unsure about is graphics card. The 6850 is a little cheaper and seems to always have good reviews. I will most likely be upgrading my graphics card later on in about 6-7 months.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Also if you see anywhere where I could save money that would be great!

Box: 50
Rosewill Destroyer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144&Tpk=Rosewill%20Destroyer
Power Supply: 60
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030&Tpk=Antec%20NEO%20ECO%20520w
CPU: 190
Intel i5 2400
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2400-Socket-LGA1155-Processor/dp/B004EBUXIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334163731&sr=1-1
Motherboard: 70
ASRock H61M/U3S3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236&Tpk=ASRock%20H61M%2fU3S3
Ram: 40
PNY Optima 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PC3-10666-1333MHz-Desktop-MD8192KD3-1333/dp/B004DHNAGM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334166009&sr=1-1
Graphics Card: 160
Radeon 6850 or 6870

Storage: 80
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334166569&sr=1-1
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  1. Great build!
  2. Thanks, see any problems with this power supply?
  3. I don't see the problem of using ncix, but I would encourage buying as many products from the same company as possible. That motherboard is very cheap. I never accept anything but major brands for my motherboards, and they won't add to the cost too much. That psu is too powerful for what you have, even if you're going to crossfire the 6870s. I suggest getting a 7770, 550w psu, and a nicer motherboard. Also, there are 1tb hard drives out there now for $100 if you want to consider that..
  4. For gaming purposes, the build is graphics bottlenecked right now. Your card will top out long before your processor runs out of juice.

    I would suggest a 2120 and putting the extra $55 into a 6950 or a 560 Ti. Even with that, you'd still have a stronger processor than graphics (a G860 is about balanced with those cards), but it's much closer to balanced and will give you better gaming performance.
  5. Good Points.

    Got any recommendations for a motherboard for this cpu? (i5 2400)
  6. If I do go i3 sandy bridge, is there a good mother board that allows me to use a i5 later on?

    Will an i3 sandy bridge be enough to play diabloe 3. WoW, LoL?
  7. The 7770 would be a bad decision. Performs worse than the 6850 for around the same price. Although the 7770 would still be instock, the price/performance isn't worth it.

    I actually disagree with that statement. "For gaming purposes, the build is graphics bottlenecked right now. Your card will top out long before your processor runs out of juice." That makes no sense because if your graphics is bottlenecked that means your CPU is too weak. You'll never have too much of a bottleneck with a better CPU.

    Also, the motherboard is fine, your build is very similar to the $650 build I have here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    As for going to an i3, you can do that if you want. From there I'd use the saved money to allocate a 7850. Something that will be in stock when you buy another card to Crossfire and it's temps, power consumption and overclocks are all improved from the previous gen.
  8. Nice $650 build, I referenced it in a previous post and can't thank you enough!
  9. I think the i5 2400 is the way to go when looking at gaming benchmarks
  10. TBH, the i5 2400 is the sweet spot in a chip. It can handle even demanding apps like Adobe CS5 and other progs like that. It has pretty solid FPS gains and it will last a while in my opinion.
  11. aznshinobi said:

    I actually disagree with that statement. "For gaming purposes, the build is graphics bottlenecked right now. Your card will top out long before your processor runs out of juice." That makes no sense because if your graphics is bottlenecked that means your CPU is too weak. You'll never have too much of a bottleneck with a better CPU.


    Perhaps I wasn't clear. I didn't say the graphics card is being bottlenecked,. I said the graphics card IS the bottleneck.

    In the current build, the graphics card will run out of juice long before the cpu does. In other words, the card isn't fully utilizing the CPU. You'll see framerates cap out before the CPU goes over 50% utilization.

    for gaming@1920x1080, a G860/7850 ($340 total) will trounce a 2400/6870 ($350). A 2400 for a 6870 is like an olympic swimming pool for a goldfish.

    I'd suggest lowering your processor by a few steps and putting the money towards a beefier card. Get an ivy bridge mobo, so that when the time comes when you actually do get more graphics muscle than the processor can handle, you can just pop in a new one, and not feel bad about having spent almost $200 on the first one...
  12. he can stick to 6850 sapphire for a gpu with an i5 2400 then just upgrade later in like 6-7 months or so like what TS said.

    he may be upgrading to 850/7870 or even the 7970 areas or 680gtx, who knows, at least in 6/7 months he said he will upgrade and with the i5 2400 + an upgraded card would give him more performance that g680/7850

    what other cards are better than 6850, that would take him 6/7 months to upgrade, I can think of 7850 or even 7870 or those new 660 or something.

    si I agree with the 6850 as a holding pen with the i5 2400, performance wise it would benefit more (ego wise also) and having a 2nd gen i5 is L337

    but if ivy is getting near he should just wait for a few weeks for it to come out, no need getting ivy bridge if the sandy bridge would drop in price and if it looks like a steal
  13. Well, I won't speak for bragging rights, only from a purely practical standpoint.

    If he swaps out the 6870 later on, he loses $150 ($130 with a 6850). By swapping out the G860, he only loses $100 and in the meantime, he enjoys better gaming performance than the 2400/6870 as well.

    *well, maybe I am speaking for bragging rights of highest framerate for the $ :)
  14. I see where you're coming from Quilciri, It is true he could probably go with the G860, but I think having the i5 2400 now, he won't have to upgrade later on the CPU. It's a solid CPU and would last awhile. Plus you never know what OP might do in the future. If it makes use of those 4 cores and threads. I know I didn't think I'd need something for Photoshop when I first bought my computer.
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