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July 23, 2012 6:54:34 PM

Hello all,
I'm on a budget of $700 and not going to go any higher. The only thing I need to do is play WOW. I really want an Ivy Bridge i3 processor, an amd video card preferably the radeon 6670, a 500 w psu, win7, the cheapest case, a nice z77 mobo, a really cheap optical drive, and a 500 gb 7200 rpm hard drive. I will not be oc -ing, nor crossfiring.

I thougt this build would be good


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

??? mobo

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

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

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

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

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

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

This should cost about 650 including the os

If you can find a cheaper case, windows os, or optical drive, or anything cheaper that can run wow tell me and if any of the links are deactivated can you tell me.

Thanks.

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July 23, 2012 7:43:10 PM

here's a wow-capable PC, with Win 7, but a better GPU


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $574.84
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 15:43 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2012 8:58:54 PM

hmm this looks pretty nice but i don't need that cpu.
the one i picked is cheaper and good for now.
the mobo looks good and i'll check it out later
the ram is pretty low but it will do
the hdd seems too good to be true, but i'll check
the gpu looks great
the case is very cheap so i might wanna check the reviews
the psu might be a little lower than i need so i might change it
the optical drive is perfect
and the os is great

i might get the price even lower with a different cpu

i prefer to get the parts from newegg but it looks pretty nice
thanks
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July 23, 2012 9:02:30 PM

A Phenom II 965 only costs $110 and will easily max out WoW will allow you to get a better video card like a 6870.
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July 23, 2012 9:08:10 PM

CPU- Phenom II 965 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- Asus M5A97 EV0 $95 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card- 6870 $160 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- 1TB $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- CoolerMaster Elite 430 (supports full size ATX boards, better for future builds) $35 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply Corsair CX430- $25 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive- 18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- 8GB $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows7- $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total- 688 with all rebates
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July 23, 2012 9:22:40 PM

Solid z 77 mobo and 2x4Gb 1600 mhz ram, a much stronger GPU so that you can turn up the wow factor in WOW (run at ultra setting in 1920x1080). the PSU/combo with your case is the best PSU that CM makes. it is stronger on the 12v rail than the corsair CX500 (read the reviews, I built with it before and never had an issue).

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16827106289
$17.99

Case/PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171060

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119227
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$92.98

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16822152185
$89.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16814130770
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820231544
$43.99

MB/OS combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
$209.98

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16819115077
$124.99
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659.91 and free Shipping + $35 MIR

even without the combos it should still be with in budget.

note: with the MIR's and the combo savings you could upgrade to quad core CPU or upgrade the GPU to a full GTX560 and still be under $700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: i just noticed your preference to AMD GPU's. the HD 7770 is the same performance as the GTX 560se I listed above. its $10 more and will play WOW on ultra.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2012 9:25:48 PM

Well I actually calculated the price of my build and it's $644.
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July 23, 2012 9:28:58 PM

jerreddredd said:
Solid z 77 mobo and 2x4Gb 1600 mhz ram, a much stronger GPU so that you can turn up the wow factor in WOW (run at ultra setting in 1920x1080). the PSU/combo with your case is the best PSU that CM makes. it is stronger on the 12v rail than the corsair CX500 (read the reviews, I built with it before and never had an issue).

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16827106289
$17.99

Case/PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171060

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119227
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$92.98

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16822152185
$89.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16814130770
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820231544
$43.99

MB/OS combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157296

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
$209.98

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16819115077
$124.99
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659.91 and free Shipping + $35 MIR

even without the combos it should still be with in budget.

note: with the MIR's and the combo savings you could upgrade to quad core CPU or upgrade the GPU to a full GTX560 and still be under $700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Why's your Cooler Master 430 $92.98?
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July 23, 2012 9:37:16 PM

WOW (no pun intended)
I was looking for a case on newegg and I got so many responses.
The Phenom looks nice and good idea about the 6870. $660 is pretty good but I think I might be able to lower the price a little with some minor tweaks. I'll be back. I'm gonna tweak your ideas to make a good desktop.
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July 23, 2012 9:37:55 PM

Patflute said:
Why's your Cooler Master 430 $92.98?


its combo'd with the CM GX 450 PSU
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July 23, 2012 9:38:53 PM

I recommend an NVIDIA video card if WoW is your game of choice. Blizzard titles perform better using NVIDIA cards. Any card that gives the same performance or better than the GTX 560 will max out World of Warcraft.

As far as the processor - Warcraft does like a beefier processor than some games when you are in a raid situation. Also the lag you may experience around the AH in Org or SW when many people are around is better when your processor can handle it. Having said that... the newly re-available Phenom 965 BE is a great choice. On the Intel side the i3 2120 is a good choice too...

I have also found that in the raid and AH situations 8 gb of RAM is noticeably better than 4 Gb.
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July 23, 2012 9:50:36 PM

Quote:
CPU- Phenom II 965 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card- 6870 $160 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply Corsair CX430- $25 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think you will be pushing that CX 430 pretty hard. it only has a 28A 12v rail in it. if the OP OC's any thing....


CPU 125W lots more if OC'd
GPU 151W pulling a load
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276W 28A @12v is 336 82% load with out OCing.

I recommend a stronger PSU CX 500 or even the CM GX 450 to be on the safe side and allow for future OC or upgrades.
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July 23, 2012 9:50:50 PM

so i looked on newegg and mixed up some of your ideas. patflute gave me some good choices like the combos.
this is what i chose

the mobo/os combo
the lite on dvd burner
the case/psu combo
the phenom 2 cpu
the radeon 6850 gpu
those ram that you suggested
but i cant seem to find a good hdd

the total is now 570 but i would like to stay at 650.
I only really need 500 gb. i want one with good reviews and with a good price of about 80
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July 23, 2012 9:54:44 PM

jerreddredd said:
Quote:
CPU- Phenom II 965 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card- 6870 $160 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply Corsair CX430- $25 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think you will be pushing that CX 430 pretty hard. it only has a 28A 12v rail in it. if the OP OC's any thing....


CPU 125W lots more if OC'd
GPU 151W pulling a load
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276W 28A @12v is 336 82% load with out OCing.

I recommend a stronger PSU CX 500 or even the CM GX 450 to be on the safe side and allow for future OC or upgrades.


then i'll just buy the same case but a different psu.
this is going to be hard.
i might just cut the 6850 and get get a 6670. you can max it out pretty well. i watch people on utube with that and they max it out. oh and btw i wont be maxing. i am gonna turn off shadows and make everything on med. or good.
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July 23, 2012 9:59:30 PM

the hdd's ok but the reviews are pretty mixed
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July 23, 2012 10:04:30 PM

jerreddredd said:
Quote:
CPU- Phenom II 965 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card- 6870 $160 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply Corsair CX430- $25 with mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think you will be pushing that CX 430 pretty hard. it only has a 28A 12v rail in it. if the OP OC's any thing....


CPU 125W lots more if OC'd
GPU 151W pulling a load
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276W 28A @12v is 336 82% load with out OCing.

I recommend a stronger PSU CX 500 or even the CM GX 450 to be on the safe side and allow for future OC or upgrades.

Maybe. Its just so hard to pass up a decent PSU for under 30 bucks lol.
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July 23, 2012 10:05:24 PM

i don't live near a microcenter
but btw i think a amd radeon hd xfx 7770 would be better
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July 23, 2012 10:05:42 PM

Read the reviews... and you'll see why... People are upset that Samsung sold it's highly regarded HDD unit to Seagate... But Seagate left the factory untouched and kept producing the same quality drives.
It is under new management but the drives are not getting marked down due to failures. They are getting dinged for the Seagate buyout...

There are 486 5 star reviews...
The negative reviews are largely from people that don't even own the drives...
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July 23, 2012 10:07:29 PM

i'm gonna list the parts i think would be good
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July 23, 2012 10:08:07 PM

moosy8 said:
i don't live near a microcenter
but btw i think a amd radeon hd xfx 7770 would be better

6870/6850/7770 are all decent entry-mid level gaming cards, between them all the 6870 is the best.
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July 23, 2012 10:28:19 PM

moosy8 said:
so i looked on newegg and mixed up some of your ideas. patflute gave me some good choices like the combos.
this is what i chose

the mobo/os combo
the lite on dvd burner
the case/psu combo
the phenom 2 cpu
the radeon 6850 gpu
those ram that you suggested
but i cant seem to find a good hdd

the total is now 570 but i would like to stay at 650.
I only really need 500 gb. i want one with good reviews and with a good price of about 80

Wasn't me with the combos. :pt1cable: 
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July 23, 2012 10:35:38 PM

mobo/os- ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $100/ windows7 $190

cpu- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX $110

gpu- XFX FX-775A-ZNP4 Radeon HD 7750 Core Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $110

ram- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL $26

hdd- Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500 Gb $70

optical drive- LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $17

psu- CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $60

case- COOLER MASTER RC-692A-KKN5 Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90

subtotal- $673
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July 23, 2012 10:45:32 PM

moosy: the AMD processor will not work in the ASRock Z77 motherboard. you need either an AM3/3+ socket motherboard, or a intel i3/5/7 cpu for the motherboard you have
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July 23, 2012 11:02:37 PM

i'll get a compatible mobo
is there any cheaper mobo that will work with my cpu
or is there a cheaper intel cpu that will work with an amd cpu
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July 23, 2012 11:09:24 PM

No AMD nor Intel motherboards have been cross-compatible since the 1980s.

Aside from the fact that they're not compatible simply due to brand differences, the CPUs themselves physically will not fit in each other.

AMD CPUs use a Pin Grid Array Design and Intel uses a Land Grid Array.

AMD socket-

Intel socket-



As far as a cheaper Mobo for AMD, you can go a little cheaper for a Phenom II 965, I haven't found any mobos cheaper than this one that I feel comfortable recommending for AMD CPUs however.

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

For Intel, I actually recently found a pretty decent mobo fairly cheap. Although you should know it does have less features, but for $50 bucks appears pretty solid. It does not have SATA III nor USB 3.0. It only supports 2 DIMMS (RAM sticks) and will not support more than a single video card, which means no SLi/Crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2012 11:23:16 PM

let me try another $700 build.

here is an Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $700.36
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 19:16 EDT-0400)

the H61 *is* already set for an ivy bridge chip.


Here is an AMD build using a Phenom chip:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $668.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 19:20 EDT-0400)

and one using an 8-core FX 8120

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $682.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 19:23 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2012 11:30:03 PM

i'm going to get an intel processor and mobo. The ivy bridge 2120 is good for me. The radeon hd 6670 is also good for me. I would prefer a case with good cable management. The ivy bridge is 120 and the radeon is 110. I want a decent 50 buck case. a cheap psu. 4gb ram. 1 tb hard drive.
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July 23, 2012 11:48:55 PM

The 2120 is Sandy Bridge. They haven't released Ivy Bridge i3s yet to my knowledge.

And I want a unicorn and a billion dollars in gold, doesn't mean it's going to happen.
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July 23, 2012 11:54:59 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
let me try another $700 build.

here is an Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $700.36
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 19:16 EDT-0400)

the H61 *is* already set for an ivy bridge chip.


Here is an AMD build using a Phenom chip:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $668.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 19:20 EDT-0400)

and one using an 8-core FX 8120

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $682.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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i really don't need such a high end video card. I'm only playing wow which isnt that gpu dependent. the 6670 is more than enough.
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July 23, 2012 11:57:34 PM

moosy8 said:
i'm going to get an intel processor and mobo. The ivy bridge 2120 is good for me. The radeon hd 6670 is also good for me. I would prefer a case with good cable management. The ivy bridge is 120 and the radeon is 110. I want a decent 50 buck case. a cheap psu. 4gb ram. 1 tb hard drive.

Not really....
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6670/17.html

And this is a pre-Panda expansion benchmark. 1280x1024 is the bench I'm specifically looking at, that doesn't impress me at all.
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July 23, 2012 11:57:44 PM

inanition02 said:
The 2120 is Sandy Bridge. They haven't released Ivy Bridge i3s yet to my knowledge.

And I want a unicorn and a billion dollars in gold, doesn't mean it's going to happen.

oops sorry i meant to say sandy bridge. i'm getting the parts in feb 2013 so when ivy bridge comes out i'll buy sandy bridge for cheaper and who knows, maybe all the parts i want will be cheaper by then
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July 24, 2012 12:01:54 AM

moosy8 said:
oops sorry i meant to say sandy bridge. i'm getting the parts in feb 2013 so when ivy bridge comes out i'll buy sandy bridge for cheaper and who knows, maybe all the parts i want will be cheaper by then

You mean to tell me, you're not planning on doing this build until 8 months from now? *Sigh*, I have nothing more to add to this thread, seek the pearls of wisdom when you're closer to your goal, too much can change in 8 months to be really hypothesizing this soon. :sleep: 
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July 24, 2012 12:02:14 AM

nekulturny said:
Not really....
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6670/17.html

And this is a pre-Panda expansion benchmark. 1280x1024 is the bench I'm specifically looking at, that doesn't impress me at all.

so is the gtx 550 ti compatible and better. it can get 30 to 80 fps. it costs 125 from evga.
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July 24, 2012 12:05:27 AM

nekulturny said:
You mean to tell me, you're not planning on doing this build until 8 months from now? *Sigh*, I have nothing more to add to this thread, seek the pearls of wisdom when you're closer to your goal, too much can change in 8 months to be really hypothesizing this soon. :sleep: 

i know a lot can change but i really need to get at least an idea. please help. is it compatible at least?
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July 24, 2012 12:22:44 AM

Its compatible yes, but by the time you're ready to buy, you'll probably be looking at completely new parts to fit in your $700 budget. I will say that you can do better than a 550 TI if you were purchasing today, (take it from someone that owns one) if you were purchasing today, both in the 6850 and 6870, 7770 even the older GTX 460. The 560 TI gets turned into dogmeat by the 7850 currently in their respective price ranges.

Ivy Bridge is already out, just not in i3. But you will find Intel CPUs will not drop in price despite being prior generation. You can look at some of the older Intel CPUs like Lynefield and even the Core2s that are still around, they're still the same price they were when they were new. Although Phenom IIs by then will probably no longer be an option at all. Sandys will probably dial down completely on the Intel side, so Ivy Bridge (unless PileDriver on AMD's side turns out okay) will probably be the most viable option at the time.

Video card options also will drastically change in that time as Nvidia fully brings their 6xx series online, and AMD might even be launching their 8xxx series.

Hard drives, optical drives, power supplies, RAM, cases will pretty much stay the same. But since the GPU and CPU are going to be the most "mission critical" components these are the ones that are impossible to speculate about this soon.
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July 24, 2012 12:40:39 AM

well actually i'm prob ordering the parts in jan but i want to know by at least nov. actually let me rephrase. i need to know by november. so should i start looking in october. i need to know the parts by november. i will confirm in december. order in jan. and build feb.
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July 24, 2012 12:49:13 AM

if you build in feb, start planning in Jan, no sooner. thwe general rule is there is always something new coming down the pike. 8 months is an ETERNITY in computer parts -- we run on internet time
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July 24, 2012 12:52:41 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
if you build in feb, start planning in Jan, no sooner. thwe general rule is there is always something new coming down the pike. 8 months is an ETERNITY in computer parts -- we run on internet time

ok but is choosing ram, hdd, and psu okay for now
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July 24, 2012 12:53:47 AM

Best answer selected by moosy8.
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July 24, 2012 5:37:10 AM

nekulturny said:
Maybe. Its just so hard to pass up a decent PSU for under 30 bucks lol.


if the OP went with a HD 6870 and a locked intel CPU it would be just fine as entry level PSU. the temptation for OC'ing the 965 CPU is too great. though he would be perfectly fine play just WOW.

I just wanted to point it out for those others that may get ideas from this thread.

$30 is a good deal on the CX430 for a budget gamer.
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July 24, 2012 3:08:49 PM

What a massive waste of time and energy...
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