New Rig 2500k + 7850 ? Tags: Build Systems Product 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 azeem40 May 31, 2012 12:11:15 AM 7850 all the way. I suggest reading http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2248494&hi... . m 0 l 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? m 0 l Related resources I5 2500k or i5 3570k??? (New Gaming Rig) - Forum Looking for some feedback on parts list for a new i5 2500K rig... - Forum CPU OC crashes my new rig 2500k & 670 WC - Forum PSU question for new rig - i5 2500k quad core - Forum Which card for my new rig? 6870, 560-Ti, 7850? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer 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. m 0 l 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. m 0 l 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! m 0 l 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. m 0 l 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? m 0 l tj223 June 2, 2012 3:27:30 AM Oh and the 6870 just dropped $10 bucks so the build is now at $757. m 0 l 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! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedPSU needed for ATI 7850 crossfire with i5 2500k NO OVERCLOCKING Forum Solvedintel i5 2500k and radeon hd 7850? Forum SolvedI-5 2500k with 6870 vs i-3 2120 with 7850 Forum SolvedNeed Budget Build with i5 2500k and HD 7850 Forum SolvedNew Radeon HD 7850 No Signal Forum Solvedshould i buy sapphire HD7850 2gb or 7770 1gb for old rig ? Forum SolvedWill my rig be able handle an 7850? Forum SolvedNew at this, overclocking my I5 2500K (ASROCK P67 Extreme4 v3) Forum SolvedBuilding a new pc for a friend...upgrade my Radeon 7850 GPU or crossfire? 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