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April 29, 2012 3:11:55 AM

Hey guys, I'm trying to build a diablo build here and it would be cool if you guys could help me out. :ange: 

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week, definitely before May 15

Budget Range: ~$750 or less for Computer, ~$250 or less for a monitor and keyboard/mouse

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo 3, Downloads, TV shows, Movies

Parts Not Required: I need ALL parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com(no tax for me in CA), Newegg.com(only if it's cheaper after an 8.75% tax)

Country: California, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: I want to learn about it.

SLI or Crossfire: I want to learn about it.

Monitor Resolution: I want to run this with a new monitor with HDMI, I don't know how this will affect my budget though

Additional Comments: I have compiled a list of parts that I looked up. It would be great if you guys could check it out to see if I could save a couple bucks somewhere or make it better.

My Goal: Run Diablo 3 on Max Settings with a little fluff in case of future games. Should I invest in a SSD Drive?

Here is my build so far.

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MOBO:
Gigabyte Intel H77 LGA1155 AMD CrossFireX HDMI/DVI Dual UEFI BIOS mATX Motherboard GA-H77M-D3H
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JYA/ref=ox_sc_a...
$94.99

POWER SUPPLY:
Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2U6/ref=ox_sc_a...
$52.24

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXIA/ref=ox_sc_a...
$189.99


CPU cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a...
$34.95

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=ox_sc_a...
$49.99


HD:
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EALX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461LT6S/ref=ox_sc_a...
$99.99

GPU:
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005C8RTTU/ref=ox_sc_a...
$169.99

DVD Drive:
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_a...
$22.48

Wireless PCI:
TP-Link TL-WN951N 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034CL2ZI/ref=ox_sc_a...
$32.64

Case:
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-...
$65 Brand New from a person on Craigslist

TOTAL:
$813.72


Any suggestions where I could save, and what I could replace them with would really help.
I really want to get this build to about $750 give or take.
Then I will have some money to spend on a new monitor/keyboard/mouse.
Suggestions for monitors/keyboard/mouse would help as well.

Thank you all in advance.
April 29, 2012 3:53:18 AM

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April 29, 2012 3:53:58 AM

Ditch the i5-2500k and go with the i5-2400 since you're not OCing.
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April 29, 2012 3:57:42 AM

azeem40 said:
Ditch the i5-2500k and go with the i5-2400 since you're not OCing.


What's the difference between the two?

And when would it be a good time to overclock?
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April 29, 2012 4:14:24 AM

When you get a Z77 board instead of H77, then you can OC. :) 
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April 29, 2012 4:19:36 AM

azeem40 said:
When you get a Z77 board instead of H77, then you can OC. :) 


So it's pointless for the i5 - 2500k if I'm not gonna OC?
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April 29, 2012 4:21:15 AM

Yep. The i5-2400 is best for non OCers.
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April 29, 2012 4:25:41 AM

Yes, that is good. The reason the i5-2500 is not worth it is because at the same price range, you can get the i5-2500k.
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April 29, 2012 4:29:40 AM

azeem40 said:
Yes, that is good. The reason the i5-2500 is not worth it is because at the same price range, you can get the i5-2500k.



Ahhh..I see

Is there anything else my build could use? or be replaced with something else to make it better?
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April 29, 2012 4:30:52 AM

Everything is top-notch!
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April 29, 2012 4:32:31 AM

azeem40 said:
Everything is top-notch!



alright cool thanks a lot for your help

one question, is there a big difference between my ram sticks 1333mhz rather than getting 1600 mhz?
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April 29, 2012 4:33:25 AM

1333 MHz to 1600 MHz is still noticeable, so if you could get a 1600 MHz kit for $5 more than a 1333 MHz kit, get it. :) 
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April 29, 2012 4:40:15 AM

They should be better value.
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April 29, 2012 6:26:21 AM

azeem40 said:
They should be better value.


thank you
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April 29, 2012 6:34:34 AM

great build so far . if you're not overclocking you can stick with the stock CPU heat sink , that will save you some money for a better psu for crossfire in future.
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April 29, 2012 7:56:09 AM

9_breaker said:
great build so far . if you're not overclocking you can stick with the stock CPU heat sink , that will save you some money for a better psu for crossfire in future.


so the stock heat sink will do?
would it be better safe than sorry to get the better cpu cooler?
or would it be pretty much a waste of money?

thanks
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April 29, 2012 8:04:32 AM

Also, since the new ivy bridge came out today, should i stick with my i5-2400 sandy bridge or get the new ivy bridge for $20 more

would it be worth the upgrade and what would be the differences?

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX806237I53450

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 30, 2012 1:17:07 AM

Best answer selected by gooji18x.
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