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July 30, 2012 10:32:30 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~$600 / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Graphics Card, RAM, Power Supply

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com / I have a microcenter near me, so also microcenter.com

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, nvidia for gfx

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I currently have a 250 GTX that I plan on keeping and using for SLI. I also plan on keeping my case as well as hard drives. I also don't mind buying parts from microcenter and newegg separately if the deal is good enough. If you guys can find a hard drive that can fit in my budget that would be great. I currently have a 75gb raptor and a 250gb wd caviar. I don't use all the space.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having trouble running new games :/ 

List of Parts(Open to change):
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAD3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Thanks for your help!
July 30, 2012 11:08:37 AM

You'll want to stay away from the CM PSU, they are not known for very good PSU's. I included a Corsair below. Also, I would go with IB i5-3570K. I saved you $107.14 :) 

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($106.90 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.86


Quick edit...750W PSU is way too much for what you have, hence the 500W that I suggested. That will be more then enough.

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July 30, 2012 11:22:13 AM

is the price difference between the i5-3570k vs. 2500k worth it?

thanks for the quick reply :) 
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July 30, 2012 11:34:53 AM

lolcheelol said:
is the price difference between the i5-3570k vs. 2500k worth it?

thanks for the quick reply :) 



There is a great back and forth right here ---> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/334547-28-2500k-3570k

But the biggest arguement there is that there was a $55 difference betweeen them making the 2500 and better choice for the money. Now there is only a $30 difference...soooo I guess it is up to you at this point. They are both great processors, like I said I would personally choose the 3570. GL

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July 30, 2012 11:35:19 AM

I'm confused about your SLI statement. Are you going to get another GTX 250, or are you going to get a totally new card? If you're getting a new card (which you probably should), I would definitely not get a 550 Ti. In terms of game performance, your video card is generally way more important than your CPU. For 1680x1050, you are fortunate in that you can safely get a last-generation card with 1GB of VRAM and have no trouble. I'd recommend a 560 or 560 Ti (better) as long as your preference is nvidia. You could also get an HD 6870.

If your'e on a tight budget, the deal at microcenter for a 2500k is definitely the better choice than spending another $30 on the 3570k. They are almost identical processors, especially overclocked. The slightly lower power usage and PCIe 3 are more or less irrelevant, and the small per-clock edge is also unimportant for gaming (and other stuff, really). If they were closer in price, then of course the 3570k would be the right choice, but I wouldn't do that here.

In fact, since you have the 2500k but no aftermarket cooler in the current build, you could consider getting an Ivy Bridge i5-3450 instead. It's another ten bucks cheaper at microcenter, and for gaming its top clock speed of 3.5GHz is totally fine. (You can do gimped overclocking to get it up a little higher, too.) Remember, if you want to OC the 2500k or 3570k, you will need a cooler, which adds at a bare minimum $25. Better to take this net $35 and put it toward at least a 560, preferably a 560 Ti.
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July 30, 2012 11:43:46 AM

motorneuron said:
I'm confused about your SLI statement. Are you going to get another GTX 250, or are you going to get a totally new card? If you're getting a new card (which you probably should), I would definitely not get a 550 Ti. In terms of game performance, your video card is generally way more important than your CPU. For 1680x1050, you are fortunate in that you can safely get a last-generation card with 1GB of VRAM and have no trouble. I'd recommend a 560 or 560 Ti (better) as long as your preference is nvidia. You could also get an HD 6870.

If your'e on a tight budget, the deal at microcenter for a 2500k is definitely the better choice than spending another $30 on the 3570k. They are almost identical processors, especially overclocked. The slightly lower power usage and PCIe 3 are more or less irrelevant, and the small per-clock edge is also unimportant for gaming (and other stuff, really). If they were closer in price, then of course the 3570k would be the right choice, but I wouldn't do that here.

In fact, since you have the 2500k but no aftermarket cooler in the current build, you could consider getting an Ivy Bridge i5-3450 instead. It's another ten bucks cheaper at microcenter, and for gaming its top clock speed of 3.5GHz is totally fine. (You can do gimped overclocking to get it up a little higher, too.) Remember, if you want to OC the 2500k or 3570k, you will need a cooler, which adds at a bare minimum $25. Better to take this net $35 and put it toward at least a 560, preferably a 560 Ti.


that was my mistake about the SLI statement. completely forget about it lol.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($159.99)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... ($227.99)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.86

i'm assuming the 560 ti is a lot better then just the 560? this brings the total up to 583.95 using huntriks build swapping out the video card and cpu.
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July 30, 2012 11:49:26 AM

Motor makes a good point about the CPU cooler, definately something you want to consider if you're going to be messing with the clock speed.
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July 30, 2012 11:50:30 AM

i don't think i will be messing with the clock speeds, it was something my friend mentioned. edited on the main post now.
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July 30, 2012 1:38:21 PM

If you're definitely not going to OC, you can also get a cheaper, non-Z-series motherboard. But the lineup for the 70s series motherboards is a bit wider-ranging than the 60s, so you're not necessarily making a mistake. Just make sure you actually need all the features you're getting.

As for the 560 Ti, yes, it's significantly faster. Here's a good set of benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=543 About 8-15%, worth your while over the 560.
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July 30, 2012 5:25:03 PM

I like your choice of micro center, it provides the cheapest CPU's in internet market, but if you havent noticed they dont do shiping you need to pick it up.
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July 30, 2012 5:29:11 PM

lolcheelol said:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com / I have a microcenter near me, so also microcenter.com



He covered this in the OP
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July 30, 2012 5:32:46 PM

cheers =D
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July 30, 2012 5:34:06 PM

Actually MC does $50 off a z77 mobo if you buy an i5 2500k or 3570k
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