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July 12, 2012 8:49:47 PM

I'm in the process of upgrading my PC and was thinking of buying the following parts. What do you think about these:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was thinking of buying this CPU but wasn't sure:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the following PSU and was wondering if this is strong enough to handle this setup including a new WD 2TB 6.0GBS HDD?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also taking recommendations on Different Motherboards - CPU - Ram Setups

Thanks

PS: Also wondering if I should change over to Intel considering they seem to have the upper hand over AMD? I'[m thinking that if I do go with Intel parts over AMD I'd also need to change my Graphics card and definitely have to up my power supply to at least a 650W. Anyone agree/disagree have any recommendations as to what I should get for Intel parts over these AMD parts? I'd like to try and keep the prices about the same within a $100 difference.

I use my PC for Gaming, Light MS Office stuff, Email, Web Surfing etc..

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July 12, 2012 10:07:49 PM

I strongly suggest going intel, it is much more powerful and there will be no need to change it for a loooong time, only video card though. Spend the extra cash for the better, and the link for your RAM is the same as the mobo..
Ok so here is a little list for ya. The power supply i chose should be able to handle any single GPU. what gpu do you plan on getting?

$120 Intel Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$220 Intel chip
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 12, 2012 11:41:36 PM

Depending on whether or not you want to overclock, I'd recommend getting either the i5 3570k ($229.99 on Newegg, for oc'ing) or the i5 3550 ($209.99 on Newegg, not so much for oc'ing). Only a ten dollar price difference from the 2500k, and they both outperform it while using less power. I'm not sure what GPU you'll be using so I can't say for sure that your PSU can handle it, but judging from the rest of your build, I'm pretty sure we can safely assume that you'll be alright. If you do end up going with either of the CPUs I've mentioned, you'll want to get a z77 mobo, which'll run you a couple bucks more (I'd recommend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).
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July 13, 2012 2:32:55 AM

samuraimastr said:
Depending on whether or not you want to overclock, I'd recommend getting either the i5 3570k ($229.99 on Newegg, for oc'ing) or the i5 3550 ($209.99 on Newegg, not so much for oc'ing). Only a ten dollar price difference from the 2500k, and they both outperform it while using less power. I'm not sure what GPU you'll be using so I can't say for sure that your PSU can handle it, but judging from the rest of your build, I'm pretty sure we can safely assume that you'll be alright. If you do end up going with either of the CPUs I've mentioned, you'll want to get a z77 mobo, which'll run you a couple bucks more (I'd recommend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).



GPU I'm assuming is short for Graphics Card? As for which one I'm not sure because I've never owned an intel build myself, only built them for other people and even that has been awhile. Any suggestions as to what I should get would be helpful.
July 14, 2012 5:47:45 PM

anyone feel like answering my last question?
July 15, 2012 11:38:58 PM

If you don't want to read this, skip to the bottom for my ranking on what to get. Some of the cards in the rank aren't in what immediately follows.

Well, best bang for your buck in graphics cards right now is most likely the GTX 670. Their are multiple models, but the Gigabyte Windforce will run the coolest (because it has three fans). The EVGA FTW edition comes pre-overclocked, but it costs the same as the other models. However, the starting price is $400. I'm not sure what you're budget is, but if that's a bit too much, you have a couple of options. Seeing as nVidia has neglected to release it's lower end graphics cards in it's 600 series thus far, AMD becomes your best bet for good performance at a decent price. The HD 7850 and 7870 will both give you decent performance in most any game at 1920x1080, and they will run you $240 and $300, respectively. But, honestly, if you're willing to spend money on the 7870, I'd go ahead and break the bank for a week or two and go with the GTX 670. Check out this link ~http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... to see where the graphics card you're looking at stands. The 670 gives slightly better performance than the 7970 (AMD's flagship), and is only 7%ish shy of it's older brother, the 680 (which is currently the fastest single chip GPU in the world). We're down to the final stretch here, and this is only if you're willing to wait a little bit; nVidia should be releasing the 660Ti soon (say, within the next two or three months), and it's essentially the 670 with half a gig of memory cut off (their's more it than that, but that's close enough to the truth). The article I was looking at put it at $300.

Rank:
1. GTX 670
2. Wait for the GTX 660Ti
3. HD 7870
4. HD 7850
5. HD 6950
6. HD 6870
July 20, 2012 1:04:26 AM

Unless you were talking about which CPU you should get, in which case just get the i5 3570k (or i5 3550 if you don't overclock), anything more than that is overkill for gaming. Don't go with an i3, don't go with any AMD CPU.
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