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June 20, 2012 5:55:01 PM

Motherboard : Biostar TZ68K+ $65
CPU : Intel I5 2500k 3.3ghz (overclockable) $170
GPU : Radeon 7850 or something from the 6000 series or I might go with GTX 560 or 570. Open to suggestions. $150 - 300
Ram : G skill Ares 2x4 8gb $46
PSU : Coolmax 700 watt atx12v $50
Case : Raidmax Typhoon ATX $25
HDD : Already got one

What should I upgrade to not bottleneck anything? By the way, is everything compatible? I dont know if the atx mobo and atx12v psu fit together. I will be using this for gaming. thanks for reading, please suggest ideas.

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June 20, 2012 7:36:53 PM

I'll sell you mine for that price. Any chance you are in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area? o.O
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June 20, 2012 7:51:39 PM

I used to live in lubbock 3 years ago, sorry. In florida now.
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June 20, 2012 8:15:06 PM

I'm visiting Lubbock next week! ha Good luck with the build.
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June 20, 2012 8:39:21 PM
June 20, 2012 8:41:00 PM

buddhabelly34 said:
I'll sell you mine for that price. Any chance you are in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area? o.O

I by chance do live in the DFW area and I'm interested in your build can you post the specs?
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June 20, 2012 8:52:52 PM

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Can play diablo3 on max settings, 1920x1080, with 40-70fps. I have an i7 in that case with a 680gtx reference and everything stays below 65C when gaming. I think the new push in gaming will be mini itx solutions where 1 fan gives better cooling than loads of fans in large cases. I promise if you bought this you wouldn't be disappointed. Having a high quality case and psu are key for when you upgrade a few years down the road. Just remove the hdd case completely, unless you absolutely need more than 128g. When I put the hd bay back in the case in the i7 build the temps rose to about 70c. Having it removed helps, but you definitely don't have to remove it to have great cooling. I know it doesn't make sense because its one fan, but its like 1/8th inch thick solid aluminum everywhere, it cools great.

When I built another clients computer in a full size nzxt phantom the temps were only 4C cooler than in the lian li case (for the graphics card).

Plus that handle is sturdy as heck, you could jog with it, and beat someone with it.

Of course I could list a build that would give better fps in some crappy case with a crappy 500w psu, but I highly reccomend people buy quality cases and psu's first, motherboards 2nd, and make sure you dont have bottle necks with everything else.
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June 20, 2012 9:51:01 PM

Thanks, I just edited it. can you guys read it again?
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June 20, 2012 10:27:29 PM



I have that motherboard. Never had a problem with it.

@emeraldarcher7: i think i sent you a PM with the CL ad i have up.
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June 20, 2012 11:07:20 PM

buddhabelly34 said:
I have that motherboard. Never had a problem with it.

@emeraldarcher7: i think i sent you a PM with the CL ad i have up.


It's quite cheaper than the i5 im buying, is the performance difference extreme or just a few fps?
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June 20, 2012 11:25:48 PM

chaoticly said:
It's quite cheaper than the i5 im buying, is the performance difference extreme or just a few fps?


It's my understanding that the motherboard quality is only a real factor when overclocking. But I'm not that savvy with computer building. I get great performance with my build. I can play any game on high/highest settings with 30+ fps (1080p). High for BF3 and Skyrim, Highest for pretty much everything else. That GTX 460 is a beast.
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June 20, 2012 11:29:07 PM

buddhabelly34 said:
It's my understanding that the motherboard quality is only a real factor when overclocking. But I'm not that savvy with computer building. I get great performance with my build. I can play any game on high/highest settings with 30+ fps (1080p). High for BF3 and Skyrim, Highest for pretty much everything else. That GTX 460 is a beast.


Havent put much thought into mobos. Can you review the one i chose and see if that ones capable since i don't know anything about mobos.
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June 20, 2012 11:32:09 PM

buddhabelly34 said:
I'll sell you mine for that price. Any chance you are in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area? o.O

I lived in Garland most of my young years. Then I moved to Fort Worth. I lived in Arlington before, also.

I lived on 6th Ave in Fort Worth for a while - just off of 8th ave/McCart.

Small world.
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June 21, 2012 12:00:35 AM

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June 21, 2012 12:03:36 AM

Small world indeed! I grew up in Garland. 18 years. Now I'm in Irving.

So ready to leave the metro though. The traffic is getting worse every day.

@OP: i see now you meant the i5-2500k versus the i5-2400. i went with the 2400 because i had no intentions of overclocking. the 1-3fps increase was not good enough to justify the extra $30 at the time. the 2400 is best bang for buck gaming cpu around, imo (because ive never crunched the numbers i cant say for sure). for resell value, the 2500k is definitely the way to go. it may have a slightly longer lifespan if you overclock it later on.

as for that motherboard, i have used biostar before and never had issues, but i dont have any experience with that model. i would suggest a motherboard with an x16, x8 sli setup if you really think youll eventually go sli
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June 21, 2012 12:08:10 AM

@loops, is your setup better than the one i listed?
I don't need dvd burner and the hdd.
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June 21, 2012 1:02:59 AM

chaoticly said:
@loops, is your setup better than the one i listed?
I don't need dvd burner and the hdd.

No. A 2500 K AND 7850 IS BETTER. your psu need to be changed. Ill see if I cant tweek my buid given extra cash.
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June 21, 2012 1:35:34 AM

You seem to be at the bleeding edge of you budget. I could not to a whole lot better...have a good look at the psu tho.

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$89.99
$54.99
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June 21, 2012 2:37:42 AM

Thanks! you sure they all work together? Ill use the case I listed, making me right on budget :D 
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June 21, 2012 2:39:54 AM

Oh and i decided to go with the non over clockable version of the i5, so that might brush some $ off, do you have any suggestions?
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June 21, 2012 10:35:13 AM

buddhabelly34 said:
Small world indeed! I grew up in Garland. 18 years. Now I'm in Irving.

So ready to leave the metro though. The traffic is getting worse every day.

@OP: i see now you meant the i5-2500k versus the i5-2400. i went with the 2400 because i had no intentions of overclocking. the 1-3fps increase was not good enough to justify the extra $30 at the time. the 2400 is best bang for buck gaming cpu around, imo (because ive never crunched the numbers i cant say for sure). for resell value, the 2500k is definitely the way to go. it may have a slightly longer lifespan if you overclock it later on.

as for that motherboard, i have used biostar before and never had issues, but i dont have any experience with that model. i would suggest a motherboard with an x16, x8 sli setup if you really think youll eventually go sli

Yes, the traffic is terrible. Especially on I-30/I-20 right smack in the middle of the Metroplex - where you are in Irving!

I got out of Texas for the time being and live in Ohio now. The weather is milder and the grass is pretty and green, with deer and ducks - I love it.
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June 21, 2012 10:36:53 AM

I would definitely go with the 2500k over the 2400, BTW. The extra money is small compared to the leap in performance and overclocking ability.

I also recommend the 7870, as it is about the best price to performance GPU currently on the market IMO.
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