New Rig 2500k + 7850 ? Tags: Build Systems Last response: June 8, 2012 3:18 AM in Systems Share tj223 May 30, 2012 11:53:32 PM Hey guys, I am building a second gaming/work rig for my office and I need a little help. Basically I have a 955BE + HD6870 rig at home that does a pretty decent job (It is Xfire Ready with a Lepa 850W PSU). I am looking to build a second for my office and possibly upgrading my current rig. I am thinking a 2500K + HD7850 build, but I am looking for the best performance for my $$ from both. I will only be purchasing 1 GPU at this time. I am considering a few options. OPTION #1 - Build New rig nearly identical to my current one (955+6870). Then later have the option to put the two 6870's in one and upgrade the other with 7850's. OPTION #2 - Build new rig with 2500k+6870. Then i can eventually have a 955 w/ (2) 6870's and a 2500k w/ (2) 7850's. OPTION #3 - (Cheap Option) Build new rig without Xfire maybe an i3-2120? + 6870 (from my current system). Then upgrade my 955 rig with a new card. OPTION #4 - My whole plan is terrible and my TH peers have a totally better option. Assumption 1 - I see less than 2 fps average over all the games listed from the 955 underclocked @2.9ghz all the way to 4.2ghz, so the single 6870 is my current bottleneck. Question 1 - Would the 955 become a bottleneck with a 7850? Xfired 6870's? Xfired 7850's? Assumption 2 - The HD 6870 is the best deal under $200 atm. And the HD 7850 is the best deal under $300 atm. Question 2 - Is there a better card for the money in my price range? Any and all help/suggestions would be appreciated. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two. Budget Range: $700 (Flexible) System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Mass Effect 3, WoW, Diablo 3, Witcher 2. Parts Not Required: No Peripherals Needed. Only the Box. Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon, etc Country: USA Parts Preferences: AMD, ASUS, WD, Antec Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Yes Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: Will be at my office mainly used for work. (Web Design, Some mild PHP and Py Coding) More about : rig 2500k 7850 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove azeem40 May 31, 2012 12:11:15 AM 7850 all the way. I suggest reading http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2248494&hi... . | Report abuse tj223 May 31, 2012 7:04:11 PM Ok well your single solution comment prompted more research on my part and now I have been introduced to microstuddering... I have had CF in mind when planning my budget. So now I am considering a better single card. What of the 7870? It seems incredibly popular. Would a 2500k become a bottleneck with 1 7870? What about 7870 CF? Recap: I am now considering a second 6870 for my current 955 rig and the new rig to be a 2500k+7870 w/ CF for future proofing? Does that sound like the best plan? | Report abuse azeem40 May 31, 2012 7:38:12 PM The 7870 is in a tough spot, with the 7850 $100 less and OCs to its level and the GTX 670 $30 higher and performs better. 7870 is not good price/performance. | Report abuse Related ressources I5 2500k with 7850 or i3 3220 with 7870 - Forum Help on new build based on i5-2500K & Radeon 7850 - Forum 2 x radeon HD 7850 or 1 x radeon HD 7950? - Forum Radeon 7850 1gb or gtx 660 non ti 2gb oc - Forum HD 7850 or gtx 660 - Forum Ask the community Publish tj223 June 1, 2012 7:26:30 PM Ok well I have decided to basically go with my option #2. Which basically means I am getting a second 6870 to put into this new rig, and when i want to upgrade i can put it into my 955 machine. Then I can buy the best GPU for my money at that time. I will post what I have worked up in a few minutes. I need some help with MoBo and psu options. | Report abuse tj223 June 1, 2012 9:11:58 PM My Plan So Far: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $122 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220 - $15 Code = $205 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70 - $15 Code = $55 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110 - $30 Code = $80 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 - $5 Code = $55 OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $110 - $20 Code = $90 (Already have a DVD Drive and all peripherals) TOTAL $807 - $40 MIR = $767 Possible changes: MoBo: I am only interested in ASUS or ASRock unless someone has a very compelling argument for performance vs price. Other MoBo's I am considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi... RAM: I have used G.Skill for my last 2 builds and have been very satisfied. I chose the 2133 memory mainly bc of the code i found which makes it only $55. Is there any reason I should not choose it over the 1866 which is $50 atm? G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case: Last 2 builds were Antec nine hundred and CM HAF 922. I will gladly go back to either of these, but will the Three Hundred have enough room? Is it as good of quality as the Nine Hundred? Antec Nine Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Also I wouldnt mind if someone could suggest a case that is more of an "understated" look since this will be in my office. But size, durability, and cooling take precedence over appearance. PSU: I usually buy Corsair for my rigs, but I most recently used a LEPA PSU. No experience with OCZ, but have always heard good things. Open to any suggestions here. No real preference, just want quality. Thanks in advance! | Report abuse azeem40 June 1, 2012 9:56:54 PM That build looks ok for $767. I am sure you could fit a 560ti in there, though. I managed to fit in a $260 Radeon 7850 into my $800 build. | Report abuse tj223 June 2, 2012 3:25:47 AM Well the idea is to get the 6870 now and upgrade later, hopefully getting more bang for my buck when i actually need it. Then move the 6870 to my 955 rig. So for all intents and purposes you can consider this a "no GPU build". But I want 7850 CFX future proofing. So will this mobo handle 7850's and possibly OCing the GPUs and CPU? Will that PSU handle all that as well? Would a SSD increase any of my performance? | Report abuse tj223 June 2, 2012 3:27:30 AM Oh and the 6870 just dropped $10 bucks so the build is now at $757. | Report abuse tj223 June 8, 2012 3:18:17 AM This build has totally changed to a 3570k z77. So I may make a new thread for it if I still need any help. Thanks recon and azeem for your time and help! | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>New Rig 2500k + 7850 ?> Related ressources: ForumGaming computer: 2500k vs 2700k vs a new GPU ForumI3-3220 + GTX 660 2GB VS i5-3470 + HD 7850 1GB ForumI5 2500 with 7950 3GB or i5 2500K with 7850 2GB ForumGTX 560Ti 448 Vs HD 7850 ForumWill my crappy processor bottleneck a HD 7850 ? ForumI5 2500k , compatibility and performance of new build, please comment ForumToxic 4850 to 7850 in i5 2500k ? 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