I have decided between 2 builds.

Is the price increase worth the performance gained? Gaming/Video Editing/Whatever else.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $588.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

VS. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.50 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $788.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
As you can see, I spend an extra 200$ to get:
- ivy bridge i5 (sandy bridge i3 on budget build)
- slightly better gpu (radeon hd 7850 vs. 560 ti)
- ssd (7200 rpm on budget build)
- usb 3.0/pcie 3.0 (2.0 on budget build)
- 1866 ram (1333 on budget build)

More than likely I won't upgrade my ram/mobo/cpu until a new generation (3 years) either way.
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  1. I'd go with the second build - but I wouldn't get either HD, you trade speed for space and that's never a good thing. Plus you shouldn't use laptop hard drives (Scorpio Blue) on a desktop build. Get a Caviar Blue 500GB for your HD, you can add the SSD later on.

    You will also need at least a 500W PSU for that 7850, and if you're going to be using a i5-3450, this will be a better choice for motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550

    Also 1866 RAM will be useless, by default your motherboard runs the lowest speeds it can handle, and Intel frowns on using RAM above 1600 due to the design of Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge having the RAM controller on the chip instead of the north bridge.

    Try this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $977.88
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  2. i agree on the psu go to 500w just in case but motherboard not so much so i dont think that need a top notch board or a z chipset for that matter as you have a non overclocking cpu you could get away with your budget one im just not sure about ram speed support although memory controller is on the cpu (look into that) unless you are looking to get into crossfiring that is. get a 3.5 inch hdd to as g unit mentioned will be better bang for your buck. gigabyte boards are solid i have one in my current rig and have had plenty in the past my main gripe with them is fan speed control within bios sucks it only works on cpu header i have resorted to buying a fan controller.if you wanna save some cash on a case maybe an antec one is like 40 bucks
  3. The Radeon uses 150w on max load. The 450w is on one rail. It's more than enough power.
  4. ^ i like that you quote what they told you on your other forum good job defend your psu :)
  5. I built a computer for my brother and dad on friday and they used an i3 and a 560ti and the xfx 450w.

    I really like the xfx 450 power supply. They are really high quality and they use single rail technology, they have been awarded by johnnyguru or w/e as well.

    Multiple rails don't really give you all the wattage, plus the xfx power supplies are rated on continuous power. I would have at least 100w left at all times on this system if I used this PSU
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