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May 2, 2012 1:03:09 AM

Hello,
I was wondering what all of you over here would think of this build. I'm trying to keep it under $850. (This total is after rebates, as evidenced by my parts list) I was wondering if there were any modifications suggested for this parts list, as I play WoW, SWTOR, SC2, Diablo, and various other games with none of them being especially demanding. I don't need 100 fps on Ultra settings, because I currently game on a laptop with integrated graphics, so really anything is an improvement. Mostly just want a consistently good framerate and somewhat decent graphics.
Case: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Chaser-VN300M1W2N-Tow...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOX80623I52500K-Core-i5-250...
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD-ROM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(RW%20Drives)-_-ASUS-_-27135204&AID=10440897&PID=2787415&SID=
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-...
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry for the parts being slightly disorganized, but that's just the order they're open in on my browser.

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May 2, 2012 1:08:34 AM

for that budget, WAAY to much for the case, and not enough PSU voltage, but other than that nice build, just gotta make sure that u have monitor and OS cuz im not seen that, although, you dont have to make the switch to NVIDIA, i would highly recommend it.

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May 2, 2012 1:12:01 AM

Yeah, I've got a monitor, mouse, and OS I can use. However, I was unable to find a Nvidia card with the same performance of the 6870 for under $200, which breaks my price point. The 560 TI was what I looked at, but you probably know more about Nvidia than I do. (I mostly built with Radeon before besides if it came with a prebuilt computer)
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May 2, 2012 1:15:56 AM

I'll look for a GTX 560 Ti under $200 for you
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May 2, 2012 1:17:24 AM

Ok. Closest I saw was about $205 from Tiger Direct, and haven't had good experiences with them in the past. That was also after rebate, and I haven't gotten a single rebate back from them yet, not to mention a few packaging mishaps.
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May 2, 2012 1:30:33 AM

Newegg recently posted a lot of deals. All the intel ones are for an i7 2600k, so out of my price range for a reasonable graphics card and cpu cooler, but I don't know about the AMD cards really. Anyone know if http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has good cooling for possible graphics overclocks in the future?
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May 2, 2012 2:03:27 AM

in my honest opinion, using money for an i7 is using up to much of the cost. they gave you a 40$ case(which at this price range, ones around 50~60 which have 3-4 fans are better). if i had that budget, it would be similar to the one i have on my signature, but increase the i3-2120 to a i5-2500k(~77-100$) or 3550k, increase motherboard cost(add like 30ish dollars), and slightly increase my psu cost(could have gotten +100w for 10$ more). the one in my sig was about 730ish dollars.
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May 2, 2012 2:06:32 AM

For this much money you need to get a I5 2500K and a Amd 7850 which is possible. Cut the case out and get a case for 60$ also just saying get a Antec PSU they have great Price/Performance.
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May 2, 2012 2:15:47 AM

jdwii said:
Really i know right? WTH is up with the Amd haters Amd is beating Nvidia dollar to dollar in this segment.


Its human nature to prefer things you own. So say one had a Xbox 360, they would typically say that their choice is better than the other choices due to it being the choice you picked. I mean I have nothing against Nvidia, they make powerful cards with great drivers to back them up, but like you said, dollar to dollar wise for performance, AMD just has an advantage right now.
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May 2, 2012 2:32:41 AM

Ok, so change out for a cheaper case and get a 7850 as well as a beefier PSU?
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May 2, 2012 2:59:14 AM

New Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
New PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-341-...
I got the card added that was suggested earlier, as it's the cheapest 7850 I can find without going to places off the beaten internet paths. However, this puts me at $888.90 after all rebates, not counting shipping. Anyone know where I could possibly snip off an extra $50, or is it not worth it for the drop in performance it would create?
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May 2, 2012 3:16:38 AM

Pizzaa said:
I found a different MoBo for cheaper, but not sure what you guys think on the switch.
Old MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
New MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'm attempting to not be biased because its the mobo im using, but the reason why im using it is the fact that

1. I do plan to use a ivy bridge processor later in the year
2. I do not have any plans to crossfire/sli, the boards 2nd pci express slot is x4 speed(i more or less wanted the pcie 3.0 for future uses)
3. I was on budget
4. My goal was high framerate at 1680x1050, which the 7850 is more than enough to handle it

if you plan to do either 2 or upgrade 4, (more or less 2), then a better mobo will probably be better overall

edit: first hand experience, your going to hate where some of the pins are placed. if your case is a bottom psu like mines was, your going to have a good amount of time doing some cable management, and i had a semi-modular psu =X
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May 2, 2012 1:27:29 PM

My PSU isn't modular, but there's a modular 700w one for the same price, but cheaper after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure because I heard a few reviews about it causing a fire, but the person said it might've been the MoBo. Also, I live near a dedicated computer store, and a Best Buy which I know has some cable extensions if I need them.
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May 3, 2012 1:42:42 AM

Well, the 7850 outstrips the GTX 560 by quite a bit.
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