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May 27, 2012 9:48:39 PM

Hello,
I am trying to build a computer that can run some games like Battlefield 3, TF2 and Diablo 3, but I don't really care if it has to be ultra or super graphics, but possibly high or even medium would be nice. I'd much rather prefer 50-60 FPS than have amazing awesome graphics. I've been looking around on Newegg and WITHOUT research I just chose some random parts that had relatively good reviews:
DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This altogether along with Windows 7 costs about 780 dollars, which is a little bit higher than what I can afford. Thanks for your help!
May 27, 2012 10:12:04 PM

No point for the hyper 212 fan, you will not need to overclock because your main bottleneck is your gpu. Save 30$ from the cpu cooler and buy a 560 ti or a 6950.
May 27, 2012 10:15:20 PM

You are missing a motherboard, I would aim for something like this at your budget:

i3-2120
H77/H61 Motherboard
4GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM
HD 6850 1GB
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Corsair CX-430 430W PSU
Case of choice (Antec 100/300, Coolermaster HAF 912/Elite 430 are good)
DVD Burner

You shouldn't need an aftermarket cooler.
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May 27, 2012 11:17:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $685.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 19:25 EDT-0400) you could actually get a different good 500watt PSU i just never skimp on PSU and always add breathing room ;) 
May 28, 2012 12:17:37 AM

Alright so I don't need a fan, and I also totally forgot about the mobo lol... Do you guys think I would be able to play BF3 or a fairly high intensity game on those setups without lag?
May 28, 2012 12:49:13 AM

I don't know if you would get ultra high settings on BF3 but you should certainly be able to play it on high.
May 28, 2012 2:02:07 AM

So basically all the parts I need is the case, mobo, processor/cpu, video card, memory, hard drive, dvd burner, and power supply, correct? Thanks
May 28, 2012 2:19:54 AM

alexguy96 said:
So basically all the parts I need is the case, mobo, processor/cpu, video card, memory, hard drive, dvd burner, and power supply, correct? Thanks
assuming you have os then yes that all you need ;) 
May 28, 2012 2:22:58 AM

alexguy96 said:
Alright so I don't need a fan, and I also totally forgot about the mobo lol... Do you guys think I would be able to play BF3 or a fairly high intensity game on those setups without lag?
you would be able to play on mid settings with a 6850 on BF3 if you get a 7850 you could play on ultra settings ;) 
May 28, 2012 2:29:22 AM

You could still do better honestly. The Pro3 isn't needed, costs more than you need to spend. The XFX is after MIR so be weary of that.
May 28, 2012 2:39:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $708.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 22:51 EDT-0400) A bit over budget but if you want to play on ultra settings this would get the job done. ;) 
May 28, 2012 2:43:59 AM

aznshinobi said:
You could still do better honestly. The Pro3 isn't needed, costs more than you need to spend. The XFX is after MIR so be weary of that.
This is true but it's best not to skimp on mobo however if you want to buy a different cheaper mobo it's totally your right to do so i just don't recommend it
May 28, 2012 2:58:20 AM

I've noticed you guys are all recommending me Intel i3s. Do I not need a great processor for games like BF3? I'm also wondering if $700 pre built PCs (HP, Asus) are up to par with making your own PC.
May 28, 2012 3:04:01 AM

A i5 would be better however it's not in your budget for what you want to do and you would need to link us to what pre built your talking about before we could say if it's up to par
May 28, 2012 3:15:40 AM

Something like these
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yeah, I'll add a few more if i find some.

Parts based on your guys' edits:
Samsung DVD Burner - $15
Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower Case - $50
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - $80
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 - $150
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB - $44
Intel BOXDH67BLB3 Intel H67 Motherboard - $85
Intel i3-2120 - $125
Windows 7 Home Premium - $100
Corsair CX430 - $45
Total is about $694
May 28, 2012 3:31:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $692.29
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 23:28 EDT-0400) heres one last build i threw together you might be able to do better but that's the best i can recommend for what your trying to do good luck!
May 28, 2012 3:35:44 AM

alexguy96 said:
Something like these
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yeah, I'll add a few more if i find some.

Parts based on your guys' edits:
Samsung DVD Burner - $15
Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower Case - $50
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - $80
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 - $150
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB - $44
Intel BOXDH67BLB3 Intel H67 Motherboard - $85
Intel i3-2120 - $125
Windows 7 Home Premium - $100
Corsair CX430 - $45
Total is about $694

that's not to bad i guess
May 28, 2012 3:55:33 AM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $708.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 22:51 EDT-0400) A bit over budget but if you want to play on ultra settings this would get the job done. ;) 


my vote
May 28, 2012 4:22:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $716.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 00:21 EDT-0400)

Bigcyco1, you forgot the OS in both your builds.
An i3 will do absolutely fine and won't bottleneck any of the above suggested cards.
May 28, 2012 4:40:26 AM

Ironslice said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/90tG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $716.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 00:21 EDT-0400)

Bigcyco1, you forgot the OS in both your builds.
An i3 will do absolutely fine and won't bottleneck any of the above suggested cards.
:pfff:  oh yeah :lol:  your right mate my bad he should still wait till he has another 100 bucks saved up and go with my 7850 build but your build is nice as well :) 
May 28, 2012 5:33:56 AM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Seriously doe. OP doesn't need the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 or a Z68 board in general. Any B75 or H61 board is more than capable and for the games OP listed, he will never need more than a single card to run them.
The 6870 is more than enough, and the i5 3450 will last you for a very long time. After OS, my build is pretty much IronSlice's cost but with a better CPU. Maybe you can make the argument you don't have 8x/8x but you'll still have 16x/4x if you even wanted to Crossfire.


IronSlice, you do have to keep in mind the GTX 560 and OCZ 600w are both after rebate prices.
May 28, 2012 5:42:58 AM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Seriously doe. OP doesn't need the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 or a Z68 board in general. Any B75 or H61 board is more than capable and for the games OP listed, he will never need more than a single card to run them.
The 6870 is more than enough, and the i5 3450 will last you for a very long time. After OS, my build is pretty much IronSlice's cost but with a better CPU. Maybe you can make the argument you don't have 8x/8x but you'll still have 16x/4x if you even wanted to Crossfire.


IronSlice, you do have to keep in mind the GTX 560 and OCZ 600w are both after rebate prices.
I would never recommend a micro mobo on a 700 dollar budget that's up to other person if he would be happy with that i know i wouldn't but maybe he would your build is nice though but i get rid of that mobo ;) 
May 28, 2012 5:55:52 AM

o.o Well it's true, mATX isn't the best. But for the price. It's a solid board with good features. Hard to argue with a $75 board offering PCI 3.0, 16x/4x Crossfire, SATA 3 and USB 3 plus IB/SB support. Not to mention the fact that the Z68 Pro3 that ya recommended only runs Crossfire at 16x/4x too but for $30 more.

I mean the Pro3 isn't bad but for the price ehhh...
May 28, 2012 6:00:55 AM

aznshinobi said:
o.o Well it's true, mATX isn't the best. But for the price. It's a solid board with good features. Hard to argue with a $75 board offering PCI 3.0, 16x/4x Crossfire, SATA 3 and USB 3 plus IB/SB support. Not to mention the fact that the Z68 Pro3 that ya recommended only runs Crossfire at 16x/4x too but for $30 more.

I mean the Pro3 isn't bad but for the price ehhh...
True it's really up to op i think we all have provided him awesome options for 700 bucks you can't expect to much :lol: 
May 28, 2012 6:17:05 AM

mATX is JUST FINE. If you're not going to use some features, why get a board that has them? Not everyone wants expandability.
May 28, 2012 7:57:44 AM

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$14.99


NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146061
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$49.99
$39.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136795
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Recover Your Data(expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$104.99
$99.99


XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
Item #: N82E16814150605
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$364.99
$349.99
1

XFX Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800989011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving
$49.99
$0.00
1

AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995124
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00


CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139027
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99
$59.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231468
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$59.99
1

G.SKILL 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG4GA-C4
Item #: N82E16820231509
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.99 Saving
$4.99
$0.00

Sorry for the copy paste, but I have to work in the morning. Those items total 583.94 with 40.00 of rebates netting 543.94. That leaves you with around 160 give or take 10 bucks for the mobo/cpu. I notice that no one is suggesting an AMD rig which is weird as the fx4100 and the i3 everyone seems to love so much, are pretty much the same in gaming...*** even a pentium with a 7870 is better then all these builds. Bigcyco1 build is ok but mine gets you a 7870 instead of a 7850. And he is assuming you have a microcenter next to your house. If you do, get the FX4100 and a asrock 970extreme 3 for 162.97 for a total of 706.91, You also get 2 games BTW. In no way shape or form will his rig not gets its lunch ate purely due to the 7870 instead of the 7850. Add that to a black HDD and 2133 memory and you have a better build. AMD or intel is really the least important choice in gaming, but on average AMD is cheaper for similar gaming results. SO, having said that that is my AMD build in response to the 50 intel builds you already have.

If you don't have a microcenter near you, let me first say sorry, and then suggest a 3670k(yes I know but overclock it a tiny bit) for 104 from newegg and a ASRock A55M-HVS from new egg for 53 for adding up to 742.92. You get 40 in rebates, a 15 dollar card and 2 games for a total of 687.92. It will still blast a i3 with a 7850 out of the water, and cost a LOT less. If you don't have a MC, a i3 mobo combo costs you 220. If 77 bucks is worth the 3 extra frame rates you will get with an i3(cpu only) over a 3670k(cpu only) then go for it. But the difference between a 7850 and a 7870 will more then negate that advantage.
May 28, 2012 7:59:45 AM

BTW that total also has promo codes attached to most of the items that end so I would make a choice soon lol.
May 28, 2012 8:09:50 AM

I also notice that I didn't add in a OS. Why cant you use the one you have now? Or "evaluate" a copy off of a "microsoft" downloading site? Or wait an extra week and buy the OS then? You can get a trial of win8 right now on the real microsoft site. Use it till you save up some cash for a full OS.
May 28, 2012 8:28:32 AM

Oh BTW if you combo the 3670K right now with the as rock a55 you save 20 bucks so its 667 not 687. Your getting into territory that can move you up from a 7870 to a 7950 or a 580 and stay close to your price point.
May 28, 2012 8:41:13 AM

Please Edit your post, don't spam the thread.

But also Liquid, many people's prior builds have OEM OS's as is most of our suggestions, therefore you can only use the code on 1 motherboard.

May 28, 2012 8:41:38 AM

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$14.99


NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146061
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$49.99
$39.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136795
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Recover Your Data(expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$104.99
$99.99


Galaxy 58NLH5DI5TXX MDT X4 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Multi-Display ...
Item #: N82E16814162092
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$28.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$419.99
$391.99


CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139027
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99
$59.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231468
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$59.99
1

G.SKILL 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG4GA-C4
Item #: N82E16820231509
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.99 Saving
$4.99
$0.00



AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD ...
Item #: N82E16819106002
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157277
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-$20.00 Combo
$158.98
$138.98
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001

734 with rebates. I don't know if it will bottleneck but you have a 580 so its pretty much owns. Just turn up the rez and the bottleneck will disapear.
May 28, 2012 1:11:52 PM

Yeah, I'm trying to find anywhere else where I can go Windows 7. If I install a different OS on my old computer like Windows Vista or something, can I install Windows 7 from an ISO and use the old code? Or would that be considered piracy?

I am also not familiar with what bottlenecking is, can someone explain this to me? Thanks :p 
May 28, 2012 1:32:09 PM

There is other ways of getting windows 7 but i don't recommend it and we can't talk about that here it's against the rules and yes if would be considered piracy
May 28, 2012 2:13:39 PM

Can someone explain bottlenecking and how to prevent it? Thanks
May 28, 2012 5:57:50 PM

Quick google would solve that.

But... a Bottleneck in short is the GPU is too powerful for the CPU so the CPU is holding back the GPU.

To prevent it, it's actually pretty hard to bottleneck as of now. So no need to worry.
May 29, 2012 2:50:13 AM

Alright I've solved my Windows 7 issue and found a copy so I don't need it.
My Setup 2.0
Samsung DVD Burner - $15
Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower Case - $50
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - $80
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $200 after rebate (Microcenter deal)
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB - $44
Intel BOXDH67BLB3 Intel H67 Motherboard - $85
Intel i5-3450 - $150 (Microcenter deal)
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Supply - $48

Question, GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870? 6950?
May 29, 2012 3:38:28 AM

6950 beats it in almost every game but only by a few frames per second. I would go AMD but I like AMD over intel and nvidia...you might like green better and you wont notice a difference between 45FPS and 49FPS. The higher rez you run at the better the 6950 gets though, and if you run multi monitors the 6950 is the only choice. Both will do what you want and EVGA is the best green brand IMO. So go with what ever is cheapest. Looking online they have a SAPPHIRE 6950 2GB for 199 with no tax and free shipping. I would do that over the EVGA. They also have a double D XFX 6950 2GB with a lifetime warranty for 199 with rebate if you ever plan on overclocking.
May 30, 2012 12:05:04 AM

The 560 Ti however can overclock better. Being able to get to the performance a 570 which is better. Also it runs cooler. Both are solid though so it's all choice.
May 30, 2012 1:35:40 AM

Final Consultations?

Samsung DVD Burner

Rosewill Challenger Gaming Computer Case

Seagate Spinpoint 500 GB HDD

XFX Radeon HD 6950

Rosewill Stallion Series 500W Power Supply

G.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB RAM

ASUS P8H61-M H61 Motherboard

Intel Core i5 3450
May 30, 2012 7:47:56 AM

Everything is good to me except that PSU. Its a total *** part made by a company called soly-tech...which in english means "fireworks box". The corsair CX430 or CX500 are in that price range. With a rebate the CX500 and the CX430 are cheaper actually.
May 30, 2012 7:53:04 AM

The Stallion series isnt bad.
May 30, 2012 8:14:04 PM

azeem40 said:
The Stallion series isnt bad.

First off...yes it is. It has no hardwaresecrets review and no jonnyguru review, which throws up redflags. Second, Is it better then a corsair that is 10 bucks cheaper? Is it a diablotek.... no, but its no where near a CX430 or 500 even it the corsair parts were more expensive, which they aren't. In fact after some searching I found a direct quote from jonnyguru himself stating that this product is junk. http://www.********.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1777 It doesn't get more damning then that.
May 30, 2012 8:16:14 PM

I must have confused it with the Capstone or HIVE series. Sorry.
May 31, 2012 3:30:10 PM

azeem40 said:
I must have confused it with the Capstone or HIVE series. Sorry.
I wasn't trying to be rude, but I came off that way. I am sorry. 2 builds ago I used a "bargain" PSU and it fried 700 bucks of equipment. So that 30 bucks I saved really bit me. I wanted to make sure he didn't make the same mistake. PSU's are the most important part of the build. PSU's are like lineman in a football game, They get none of the glory but if you don't have one your dead in the water no matter how many hot WR's you got. I would only put Corsair, Enermax(or Lepa G series), and Seasonic in my case.
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