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June 24, 2012 2:08:25 AM

Hey guys, I'm building my first computer and was hoping to get pretty good gaming performance for max $750 (including tax, shipping, etc.). This is what I put together and was hoping someone could give me an idea of what I can expect out of this build. If you have any suggestions let me know, but I honestly cannot spend any more than I have allotted here. If you suggest that I look at a more expensive component, please also let me know what component I should spend less money on to balance it. Thanks in advance.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77A ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total (after tax/shipping): just under $760

Here are links to all the components: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aHVY
June 24, 2012 2:21:29 AM

You did a pretty decent job of making a cost effective gaming build. I like the Core I-5 2500k for $169. That is a great deal.

I guess you could expect something shy of the benchmarks below for the 6950. Basically you are going to have a great gaming experience.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
June 24, 2012 2:23:31 AM

Get the motherboard from microcenter. Id get the Pro3 Gen3. It is $60 if you combo with the 3570k.
June 24, 2012 2:37:51 AM

rwayne said:
You did a pretty decent job of making a cost effective gaming build. I like the Core I-5 2500k for $169. That is a great deal.

I guess you could expect something shy of the benchmarks below for the 6950. Basically you are going to have a great gaming experience.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...


Thanks for the input! I've been gaming on laptops for about 5 years, so getting anything close to those benchmarks will be amazing by my standards lol. Looking forward to the upgrade.

azeem40 said:
Get the motherboard from microcenter. Id get the Pro3 Gen3. It is $60 if you combo with the 3570k.


I think I can get that bundled with the 2500k as well. Why do you recommend the ASRock over the Biostar? Also, if I were to get the ASRock, why not the Pro4 considering it's the same price?
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