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Hey Tom's Hardware!

I used to keep up with everything cpu/gpu/ram/hdd, but no more. I've been using my work laptop to play D3 and it just isn't cutting it.

Purchasing: Next couple of weeks

Budget range: Cap is $800

Usage: Gaming

Overlocking: Yes, moderately

Parts not required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Here are the pieces I'm looking to put together into a nice modular machine which will also allow me to upgrade down the road:

Core i5 2500k (will OC it moderately, forums said stock cooler was good enough for this and I will monitor temperatures) ($220)

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($184)

OR

Open Box ASUS Maximum IV Gene-Z ($128)


Radeon HD 6870 1GB $(170)

Seagate Momentux XT 500gb 7200 rpm hybrid drive ($100)

8gb ddr ram ($50)

Still looking for a tower/PSU. What's the minimum PSU I should accept? Would like the keep options open for SLI later...

Any recommendations on improvements in the same price range?

I really appreciate the advice!
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  1. ahartzog said:
    Hey Tom's Hardware!

    I used to keep up with everything cpu/gpu/ram/hdd, but no more. I've been using my work laptop to play D3 and it just isn't cutting it.

    Purchasing: Next couple of weeks

    Budget range: Cap is $800

    Usage: Gaming

    Overlocking: Yes, moderately

    Parts not required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

    Here are the pieces I'm looking to put together into a nice modular machine which will also allow me to upgrade down the road:

    Core i5 2500k (will OC it moderately, forums said stock cooler was good enough for this and I will monitor temperatures) ($220)

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($184)

    OR

    Open Box ASUS Maximum IV Gene-Z ($128)


    Radeon HD 6870 1GB $(170)

    Seagate Momentux XT 500gb 7200 rpm hybrid drive ($100)

    8gb ddr ram ($50)

    Still looking for a tower/PSU. What's the minimum PSU I should accept? Would like the keep options open for SLI later...

    Any recommendations on improvements in the same price range?

    I really appreciate the advice!


    Dont get an openbox motherboard...its not worth it. If you are considering sli, i'd prob get a 750W psu. And any tower will work. I have had god experiences with rosewill. Id probably just get a 7200 rpm barracuda and use the extra money to buy this gpu...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196
  2. Here's a build with a better GPU, have a look:

    Case: $55- Antec Three Hundred Black

    GPU: $240- XFX 7850

    PSU & Optical Drive: $53- CM GX450 & Asus

    Motherboard & RAM: $142- Asrock Z68 Pro3 & Corsair Vengeance 8GB

    CPU & HDD: $302- i5-2500K & WD Cavier Blue 1TB

    Total( Excluding Rebates): 802 USD

    Rebates: 20 USD
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