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650 USD Gaming Build
Jul 22, 2012, 10:17 PM
So far I've got:
Sapphire HD 6950 from Amazon (200 after rebates).
2x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM from Newegg (57)
600W OCZ ModXStream PSU from Newegg (50 after rebates)
Something cheap/good (like Antec 300) (50-70)
What I need help with is the CPU and the Motherboard:
CPU considering: i5-2500K, i5-2400, i5-3450, i5-3550 (160-200, from MicroCenter)
motherboard: ??? (70-90 or close)
Trying to keep the price at about 650, and prioritize around gaming and nothing else. No plans for overclocking. Unlikely to add a second video card.
Any suggestions on the parts choose? And what to pick for CPU and MB?
Thanks in advance.
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 22, 2012, 10:21 PM
Microcenter gives $50 off the motherboard when you get an i5-3570K. So, get the i5-3570K and Asrock Pro 3 for for $44.99 after the $50 is taken off. Then, you pay $235 for mobo+CPU.
Jul 22, 2012, 10:45 PM
That's worth considering, how does the i5-3570K hold up against the i5-2500K?
Also, is it worth changing the GPU to an HD 7850?
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Jul 22, 2012, 10:47 PM
i5-3570k is similar at a lower OC.
Jul 22, 2012, 11:10 PM
well a 7850 can be overclocked close to a 580 so i would say yes it worth upgrading to a 7850
Jul 22, 2012, 11:17 PM
Yep, when Oced, the 7850 is a bit better than the 570 and close to the 580, while using A LOT less power.
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