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Need Advice on Budget under 700

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June 26, 2012 5:22:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: 500-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and movies

Parts Not Required: I have Sapphire 1GB 6850 want to keep it and 1TB hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Parts Preferences: I was looking at the i5 3570k but I dont know which Mobo would go well with this. I also need a cool looking gaming tower ( under 100)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

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June 26, 2012 7:00:33 PM

Mobo: Asrock z77 extreme4

NZXT Apollo black case

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W PSU

These are the best parts you will get. $352 all up. The motherboard is the best you will get. And if you do decide to overclock then go for the antec kuhler 920. I suggest to get the kuhler anyway as it is only $91.99 and it is much better than most air coolers. My Q6600 is @ 3.4GHz at 35c idle, 55c load. And my CPU is 65nm the i5 3570k is only 22nm so it will produce less heat and be very cool with this cooler. Intels stock coolers arnt to good.

kuhler 920.

Hope i could help.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 26, 2012 8:24:43 PM

You need to decide if your going to crossfire BEFORE anyone can recommend a motherboard or power supply.

Otherwise your just wasting money. Nobody needs a Z77 if your not overclocking or crossfiring and you certainly don't need a $160 psu LOL, even if you WERE crossfiring, that is a complete waste of money.
June 26, 2012 8:31:18 PM

Im not going to OC so i might just stick with 3570 instead of the K. I already bought the PSU from couple months back. Now that being said which mobo do i need that really can does the job and help me with my budget. Thanks all

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June 26, 2012 8:57:50 PM

Im just saying. You may want to upgrade cpu for overclocking in the future. And the PSU i suggested is because SLI and Crossfire generally suck a lot of juice out of the PSU. And if you will be overclocking then a good PSU is recommended. I looked at the link you posted and if you have the money i say get the CPU & Motherboard Combo. Even if you dont want to overclock you may change your mind in the future, so future proofing your rig is the best bet instead of having to upgrade again later on. You could scrape by with a 650w PSU for SLI/crossfire if you want to save money.
June 26, 2012 9:20:47 PM

@wonder: do you have the link to the one that ur suggesting? Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
June 26, 2012 11:49:04 PM

A 650w psu would not be "scraping by" with dual 6850's. It would be MORE than enough, in fact a quality 550w would be fine.

Both cards together use less than 250w. The cpu is 95w, so that leaves you 205w for peripherals. If your planning on overclocking anything I would suggest 650w.
June 26, 2012 11:55:19 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 4:45:29 PM

Dude has no clue what he's talking about lol