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August 15, 2012 4:13:08 PM

So recently my gaming PC of 8 years went down, and I am in need of a new PC, my only requirement is that I can play CS:GO, and have a system that I will be able to easily add on. I have a hd I can use and a crappy Nvidia Geforce 210 as well, plus a case if I part out my old computer for the time being, also I get free Win 7. So basically, I am looking at:

Processor
Motherboard
Ram
Powersupply
Video Card (Maybe, 210 can probably run CS:GO, not sure how well)

I want to eventually upgrade the parts over time, but would like to establish a nice baseline system that I can work off of. I was thinking something like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Processor

My main questions stem from whether I should go Ivy Bridge or Sandy, is it worth it to have the onboard gfx over a Nvidia 210? Also, I have read about compatibility issues with Ivy bridge with some motherboards, is this anything to really be concerned about?

Also I am from Michigan.

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August 15, 2012 4:31:04 PM

Those links aren't very descriptive. What mobo etc.?
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August 15, 2012 5:15:00 PM

There is a MicroCenter in Detroit,MI. They currently offer a bundle with the i5 2500k. Purchase CPU and get an instant 50 dollars off of Z77 Mobo.
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August 15, 2012 5:20:59 PM

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August 15, 2012 5:26:06 PM

Sorry didn't realize it cut the links.

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
PS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186

MSI B75A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 15, 2012 5:53:32 PM

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August 15, 2012 6:24:10 PM

Superman55 said:
Sorry didn't realize it cut the links.

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
PS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186

MSI B75A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's better - I don't want to bother opening the links when you saying 3470 is enough for me to know what's going on.

Anyway, I would downgrade the CPU to a 3450 - you won't know the difference.

The PSU is a bomb. In a bad way. It'll take out your system when it goes :p 

RAM and mobo are good to go - have a look at H77/Z75 mobos though they're a bit better for similar prices often.
August 15, 2012 6:47:42 PM

for $450, you can get a better system with a Llano build:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.82 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($33.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $377.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 14:46 EDT-0400)

this will game a high on 720P, medium-high at 1600x900, and low-medium at 1920x1080 for modern games. games before 2009, high/ultra at 1920x1080
(the 6550D + 6670 is just about equal to a 6770 in ability in most games)

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August 15, 2012 8:27:11 PM
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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 $124.99
Mobo: MSI Z77A-G41 $94.99 (before $10 MIR)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $42.99
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ BRONZE $36.99 (before $5.99 shipping)

Subtotal: $305.95 (after $5.99 shipping and before $10 MIR)

Optional
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 $149.99 (before $10 MIR)

Total: $455.94 (after $5.99 shipping and before $20 MIR)

I picked a Z77 platform because you said you wanted the ability to upgrade. However, you could save $25 by going with this ASRock H77M. I believe the biggest difference betwene Z77 and H77 is you can't overclock on H77, but you'd need a more expensive, unlocked CPU to overclock anyway.

$450 is a pretty good budget for just the PC guts. CS:GO, like all Source engine games, probably won't be very demanding, but 210 is not a gaming card at all. I suggest getting something decent. The 6850 I picked out has a nice factory overclock too.
August 16, 2012 3:11:43 PM

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