Possible builds

I have 2 possible builds. I might start one but want to check in to make sure the systems can handle modern games and RTS games on high/ultra graphics.

http://www.myeavs.com/products/Intel-Core-i5%252d2500K-Processor-%252d%252d-3RAKO004ROHKUD99.html
Intel i5-2500k


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315
Micro Atx Mother Board

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX560-Graphics-01G-P3-1464-KR/dp/B007TMXFE0
GeForce GTX 560


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7275073&CatId=1845
----Case + 500w power + 120mm fan + keyboard/ mouse

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

Plus whatever 2x4gb RAM on ebay.

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AMD phenom II X4 955 - 3.2GHz 4 core

Radeon HD 6750

Motherboard ASUS M4A87TD

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

Whatever RAM on ebay


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7275073&CatId=1845
----Case + 500w power + 120mm fan + keyboard/ mouse

I am on a budget so any ways to save money in these builds and be able to play modern RTS games or possibly other new games on high setting will be helpful!
*I am new to the whole pc building world*
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  1. 64mb of cache on the HDD would make your build feel as you dont need an SSD

    id go for the 2500K

    whats your budget?
  2. do not use cases with built in psus for things outside of low power consuming builds like basic computers or htpcs.
  3. dosdecarnitas said:
    64mb of cache on the HDD would make your build feel as you dont need an SSD

    id go for the 2500K

    whats your budget?

    I don't really have an exact amount but I want it as cheap as possible for it to be able to run all games at least decently without horrible lag.
  4. dosdecarnitas said:
    64mb of cache on the HDD would make your build feel as you dont need an SSD

    id go for the 2500K

    whats your budget?

    A traditional hard drive can never compare to a good SSD, however on a tight budget (less than $1000 dollars) its generally not worth considering if it cuts into your budget if you have to sacrifice on the video card or CPU for it. Since an SSD can't improve gaming performance, merely reduce the time needed to load.

    As far as the OPs budget, the kind of games I'm assuming hes talking about really aren't going to be too system usage heavy, I'd like to know a few games specifically.

    Also, it helps if you fill out this form:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice

    A final dollar amount budget, really is ideal. I could recommend builds all day, but if I don't have a budget in mind, I'm just shooting in the dark.
  5. i never said it could replace an SSD but usually alot of cache makes an HDD the smoothest and a good 64mb cache drive can be found for the same price just have to look for it, with low cache even loading windows will feel horrible
  6. mmm the cheapest possible you should go for an i3 with a 7850 and , well let me show you

    mobo (solid but cheap)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121550
    cpu enough to game
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    HDD smooth on a low budget
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236181
    PSU cheap but good enough
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    CASE simple but great airflow
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009
    optical drive cheapest
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    GPU hard gaming and low power REQ
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102986
    Memory enough to have no issues
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    all for 615 dlls keep in mind that better cpu or better or older gen GPU will make spend more money on PSU

    low wattage low heat and no aftermarket coolers

    i3 is a very fair gaming choice for a LOW budget still the 7850 can be a great overclocker (7870 levels)

    if budget was not the issue an i5 K series (2500K) and hyper evo 212 might get things better with a 620watt seasonic PSU and GTX670 (lol my build :P) but i am abiding to what you asked on LOW budget and thought in making it so it delivers good gaming for a long period of days without issues of heat, failing psu or buying aftermarket nonsens that makes you spend

    reviews show that anything above 4gb of ram is nice (i have 8 :P) but still doesnt gain a performance worthy of spending more
  7. Ok so Im probably going to go with the i5 build. I am still wondering if it will be enough for games such as Supreme Commander 2 or SC2. Also, is it worth the extra money to get a 3570k or even a i7 3770k instead of a 2500k? I found good prices but do these sellers look legit?

    http://bedinbar.sourcevide.co.uk/intel-bx80637i53570k-core-i5-3570k-ivy-bridge-34-ghz-socket-1155-77w-quadcore-desktop-processor-computers-amp-accessories_p2818.html?offer_id=B007ZDZTEW

    http://www.myeavs.com/products/Intel-Core-i7-3770K-processor-3.5-4-LGA-1155-BX80637I73770K-%252d%252d-3CJWO007FM0RBJ99.html
  8. The only difference between an i5 and an i7 is HyperThreading, no game on the market uses it, and I doubt they ever will. Certainly not before the Sandy/Ivy Bridge CPUs have long outlived their usefulness. Take that to the bank.

    As far as 3570Ks vs 2500Ks, for gaming, no difference at all. In productivity type work, the 3570K is about 6% better on average. Both of the tend to perform identically when they reach their typical maximum overclocking (The 3570K tends to have a lower final overclock than a 2500K) which balances out their differences.

    As far as those 2 merchants, the first link is dead. Neither of them I have ever heard of before, nor would I recommend shopping with them. The 2nd merchant shows the 3770K being suspiciously cheap. There is a very real risk of getting a fake CPU from an unknown merchant. (Meaning they might have altered the CPU printing and packaging to say its a 3770K but it might actually be an i5-2400 or something). Or it just might be stolen property. Hairs on the back of my neck stand on end when I see an unknown merchant selling a product at half the price it is anywhere else.
  9. Ok so I am wondering if I should get a GtX 560 or the Radeon HD 6870. They are both of about the same price. Another option is to crossfire 2 Radeon HD 6750s. 2 6750s will be less $ but I want good graphics so... which option is best?
  10. caltiger123 said:
    Ok so I am wondering if I should get a GtX 560 or the Radeon HD 6870. They are both of about the same price. Another option is to crossfire 2 Radeon HD 6750s. 2 6750s will be less $ but I want good graphics so... which option is best?


    tecnically the best performance would be the 6750 cf, but if you want my opinion, wait and save more money till you can hit the 200$ gpu marks
  11. dudewitbow said:
    tecnically the best performance would be the 6750 cf, but if you want my opinion, wait and save more money till you can hit the 200$ gpu marks

    Ditto on this, single video card setups are the better option. In a pinch, quick and dirty a crossfire or Sli can do the job, but for the sake keeping it neat and clean, I'd take a single 7850 or a 6870 any day over a crossfire setup if I can help it.
  12. So that narrows it down to either the GTX 560 or the Radeon HD 6870. Which one is better for RTS games or gaming in general? On a side note... will a Intel i5 2500k with on of the 2 graphic cards be able to handle Supcom 2 or SC2 on high settings?
  13. caltiger123 said:
    So that narrows it down to either the GTX 560 or the Radeon HD 6870. Which one is better for RTS games or gaming in general? On a side note... will a Intel i5 2500k with on of the 2 graphic cards be able to handle Supcom 2 or SC2 on high settings?



    if its SC2, the 560 will perform better, as for the others, it is up in the air.
  14. Is a i5 2500k with overclock capabilities and a GTX 560 card starting to get a little overkill for just playing games?
  15. The CPU is a little bit overkill yes, the video card, not so much.

    A Phenom II 965 or i3-2120 could easily handle the type of games you're looking to play, even so if you have the budget for the i5, its still the best route to go for the sake of system longevity.
  16. With a i5 2500k and a gtx 560, what resolution of a monitor should I be looking for? Also, should this build be able to keep all games above 60 fps on like high settings?
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