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June 13, 2012 3:59:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: I hope to have it up and running within 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $800-900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Game Server Hosting (Minecraft), Websurfing, Miscellaneous Office Tasks

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but open to other options

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Open to either AMD or Intel, based on performance/price

Overclocking: Maybe (want my machine very stable for server hosting, but if I can overclock with my machine running 20+ hours a day without damage, I'm open to the possibility)

SLI or Crossfire: No (I have sensitive eyes, and am concerned about micro-stutter)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 2 monitor setup

Additional Comments: Having a 2-monitor setup would be ideal, so that I can game fullscreen on one monitor while still managing other software on the side (server management, forums, voicechat, etc), and I have a desk with a lot of space for this.

Ideally, this computer will be capable of running a minecraft server with an uptime of a minimum of 16 hours a day while still simultaneously being able to game and perform other normal computing tasks. I anticipate a need for 2 GB dedicated ram and at least one dedicated core, but minecraft servers aren't terribly data intensive.

My primary questions are:
-Is this possible at my budget level (for example, with the build you see below)?
-Is overclocking a bad idea on a machine that will be regularly running for long periods of time?
-If I'm running 2 monitors, will it strain the gpu to maintain different resolutions on each one? I'm considering buying one cheap monitor and one expensive one, but want to make sure they're compatible.

Parts List so Far:

Primary Monitor - ASUS VH236H {$150 after Rebate}
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB {$55}
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz {$220}
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - EVGA Z68 SLI Micro {$99 after rebate}
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec ATX Mid Tower Computer Case {$75}
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU - Antec EarthWatts {$90}
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5 TB {$100}
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti {$120 after rebate}
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I'm currently $10 over the high end budget with only one monitor, which isn't ideal, but the second monitor is always something I can pick up in a month or two when I have more spending money. Are there any components you wouldn't recommend/have a better alternative for?

Hopefully, my research was incomplete, and you folks can come up with some more cost-efficient alternatives (or tell me where I'm making a dastardly mistake :D  )
June 13, 2012 4:52:06 PM

That is about right if you want two monitors you will need 1000 minimum

here is what I would do

Proccessor i3-2120

GPU- 6870

everything else the same and two of the monitors you listed.






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June 13, 2012 5:04:26 PM

Ditch the mATX motherboard - EVGA makes excellent video cards but they do not make the best motherboards.

I definitely agree about getting the 6870 over the 550TI - the 550TI is not the greatest card on the market and the 6870 will make your setup far easier if you're running multiple displays.

I also would not use a 5900 RPM hard drive as your primary - that will be a huge bottleneck. You'll have to trade speed for space so go with something like this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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June 13, 2012 9:55:19 PM

I like the suggestion for hard drive, 1 TB should be more than enough.

Would HIS be a decent brand for the video card? And what is your suggestion for a better motherboard brand?
HIS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I would also still like some feedback on the overclocking as well. Should I avoid it because of the long server uptime? I'm still very new to the overclocking world.

Thanks for the great responses so far!
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June 13, 2012 10:02:24 PM

so wait, are you ordering off the canadian newegg or the U.S newegg
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June 13, 2012 10:03:31 PM

MirrorMinx said:
I like the suggestion for hard drive, 1 TB should be more than enough.

Would HIS be a decent brand for the video card? And what is your suggestion for a better motherboard brand?
HIS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I would also still like some feedback on the overclocking as well. Should I avoid it because of the long server uptime? I'm still very new to the overclocking world.

Thanks for the great responses so far!


What motherboard brand and chipset you want to get depends entirely on if you want to overclock - if the answer is yes go with a Z77 (Gigabyte, Asus, or Asrock). If the answer is no go with an H77 (same brands). But make sure it's a full size ATX board and not a micro.
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June 13, 2012 10:33:36 PM

@dudewitbow: Nice catch. That's what I get for copypasting links off of various other builds I suppose! I'll try to assemble all the parts onto the US newegg later today.

I'm a bit concerned that downgrading my cpu might put more stress on it while running a server (minecraft is a lot more cpu intensive than most games), so I think I might bump my budget up another 100, or try to wait for a sale on one of the pricier components.

Also, what are people's thoughts on the new IvyBridge Intel CPUs? They seem comparably priced for similar performance, but they run hotter and/or have additional features? Also, would it bump up my motherboard costs at all?
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June 13, 2012 10:35:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
What motherboard brand and chipset you want to get depends entirely on if you want to overclock - if the answer is yes go with a Z77 (Gigabyte, Asus, or Asrock). If the answer is no go with an H77 (same brands). But make sure it's a full size ATX board and not a micro.
+1 it's solid advice. I will add since your going with the i5-2500K the z68 is also a fine choice and will overclock well ;) 
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June 13, 2012 10:38:23 PM

Since this is U.S here you go

CPU + MOBO

To be honest you are overpaying for PSU and Case for this build. if you are using a micro atx board. a 500w-550w will power most single card builds(no double gpu builds) I can possibly do tweaks in order to bump that 550ti to a 560 though


what i usually recommend for people on a budget and want the saftey of a 650w psu, as rosewill(neweggs company) only charges 5$ for 100w increments on the combo

brb trying to conjure up something for the budget
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June 13, 2012 10:46:28 PM

dudewitbow said:
Since this is U.S here you go

CPU + MOBO

To be honest you are overpaying for PSU and Case for this build. if you are using a micro atx board. a 500w-550w will power most single card builds(no double gpu builds) I can possibly do tweaks in order to bump that 550ti to a 560 though


From the sound of other contributors, I'm strongly considering changing motherboard brands, and upgrading to a full-size ATX board, as it sounds like I'll get better performance.

I love to hear when I'm overpaying, so what case/PSU options would you suggest? I don't want to completely rule out future upgrades, but I don't see myself running 2 gpus (my friend has a CrossFireX build, and the micro-stutter bothers me a lot)
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June 13, 2012 10:54:13 PM

Your HDD(note that its a green drive, so it will suffer a tiny bit of read speeds vs a 7200 rpm drive)
Challenger + 650w hive combo
Your monitor choice
GTX 560 + Corsair vengeance ram
Lower Price end z68 Asrock Pro3 Gen 3 mobo + i5-2500k

Came out to me as 928.77 with shipping, there's a 30$ rebate on the gpu and 20$ rebate on the monitor leaving if both rebates go through, final price would be

878.77, though if you plan on overclocking the cpu to high levels, you will need a dedicated cpu cooler, which you can buy at a later date if you want.


edit: you will also need a cd/dvd drive if you dont have one already to instal os unless your doing it off a usb and somehow can get it to work
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June 13, 2012 11:03:03 PM

Mobo + HDD:$189.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

bundled with:

1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows Home Premium $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ODD:LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6&SID=#top

Case:NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $35.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 146061#top

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Primary Monitor - ASUS VH236H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GPU:HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 this is over budget it comes out to around 950 not including tax but if you don't need windows 7 you can deduct 100 bucks right there ;) 
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