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New Gaming Build $600

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August 14, 2012 12:45:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-650 USD) Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games Like Dayz, all cods, BF3 maybe. Minecraft. Also progras like C4d After effects and Sony vegas

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but do not include in that budget. i need a good size monitor that could also be used for my xbox but mainly for pc




Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Ohio

Parts Preferences:None



Additional Comments: Would like to have Radeon 6870

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August 14, 2012 12:47:50 AM

here you go buddy:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $555.23

just add a case, i recommend you the HAF 912.

If that's it then pick a best answer and close this thread.
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August 14, 2012 12:55:21 PM

There are a couple of things with that build:
1. The microcenter price for the 2500K is in store only. I don't know if that will work for the OP. Online prices are significantly higher.
2. Getting an OCable processor without an aftermarket HSF seems like a bit of a waste.
3. Some of those prices are AR and the OP wanted to keep it below $650 before rebates.

I just checked out some prices on Newegg and this is what I came up with:

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 + ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard combo $166.98

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 combo $124.98

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply + SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition) combo $259.98

Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99 with promo code EMCNBNA42 until 8/15

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM $17.99

Total: 649.92 (before $40 in rebates) - free shipping on all

So a downgraded processor/mb, but upgrades to pretty much everything else (video card, memory, hard drive, PSU)
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August 15, 2012 1:18:35 AM

lighter17 said:
There are a couple of things with that build:
1. The microcenter price for the 2500K is in store only. I don't know if that will work for the OP. Online prices are significantly higher.
2. Getting an OCable processor without an aftermarket HSF seems like a bit of a waste.
3. Some of those prices are AR and the OP wanted to keep it below $650 before rebates.

I just checked out some prices on Newegg and this is what I came up with:

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 + ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard combo $166.98

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply + CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 combo $124.98

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply + SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition) combo $259.98

Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99 with promo code EMCNBNA42 until 8/15

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM $17.99

Total: 649.92 (before $40 in rebates) - free shipping on all

So a downgraded processor/mb, but upgrades to pretty much everything else (video card, memory, hard drive, PSU)



In this kind of stuff the budgets can be stretched by almost 100$, why? because it means a HUGE performance gain and those extra 100$ will help you A LOT with future games.

1)i didnt include an aftermarket heatskin simply because he can buy one later.

2)the OP hasn't told us where he lives.
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August 15, 2012 3:17:39 AM

I generally agree with you that cutting corners to reach an arbitrary price goal is foolish. But sometimes people only have a fixed amount to spend. In this case the OP indicated he's buying ASAP and wanted to spend no more the $650 before rebate/after shipping which implies to me that that's how much he has to spend now.

Upgrading to a 2500k is certainly a good move for the long term, but it adds $100 to the upfront cost. And it's only going to really pay off if the system is OCed and the OP didn't give any indication if that's an option he would consider.

Replacing a HSF after a system is already built is a major job that is probably not in the cards for a beginning system builder. It's better to just spend the $30 upfront and do it right from the start.
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