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May 31, 2012 1:22:22 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: $700-1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming, recording/editing, surfing the internet, school papers
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Operating System (Windows 7), mouse, Monitor, CD/DVD Burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: No personal preference
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I don't really know much about computers, learning little bits here and there. I am mostly going to play Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Tera, Skyrim, etc. A couple weeks ago I requested a build for a tighter budget pc, but I happened to come across some extra money, so that is the reason I am asking again.
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Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

.Intel Core i5-2500K Processor - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 - $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 -$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB -$99.99
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

These parts total to ~$682
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I would like to know if this is a good build, if I should change anything to make it better (and still in my budget obviously), and what I should add. I still need a case and a PSU.

Thank you very much for your help :) 

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May 31, 2012 1:29:37 AM
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There are a few things you can do.

1. Change the GPU to a Radeon 7850 and OC it. It OCs really well and, depending on the non-reference design, runs very cool.
2. For PSU, since you're not CF/SLIng it, get a 550W XFX Core for $75 or the Antec NEO 520W for $50.
3. Get an aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO.
May 31, 2012 1:40:24 AM

Thanks for the quick reply as usual azeem. You brought up a couple questions for me. Is it worth it to CF/SLI? I am not even completely sure what CF/SLI is and would possibly be up for it if it is useful. Also, is the 7850 noticeably better than the 6870?
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May 31, 2012 3:24:32 AM

I used to believe CF/SLI is worth it, but I no longer believe it is. You add unneeded heat and not all games are compatible. What games do you play? And yes, the 7850 is significantly better.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=540
As you can see, in every game, the difference is 10 or more fps.
May 31, 2012 3:35:31 AM

Horrible reason to go with AMD. That is the lazy way out. OP, keep your components.
May 31, 2012 4:53:42 AM

Thank you azeem40, that is exactly what I am looking for. I am going to be playing a lot of MMOs and some of the mainstream games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Dirt 3 so I think I will do without CF/SLI. I will possibly OC though, may need a second opinion on that.

I have decided to keep all of my parts and go with the 7850 instead. Thank you abhop26 for your input though.

Now all I have to do is purchase this badboy and get it set up :) 

Thank you again!
May 31, 2012 4:54:37 AM

Best answer selected by legitasl3alls.
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