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August 17, 2012 3:02:25 PM

i have a 650$ budget build here, and i would appreciate if someone looked over it,

to see if all the parts are compatible and if im getting the best bang for my buck

i already have a good case sitting, waiting to get built in, so i dont need a new one.

CPU
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
220$

PSU
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
60$

Graphics Card
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
120$

Motherboard
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
95$

RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
45$

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
60$

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August 17, 2012 4:25:14 PM

Your parts are compatible.
But, if your use is for gaming, as indicated by a discrete graphics card, I think you can do better by reallocating your budget.
For gaming, the graphics card is all important, more so than the cpu.

The 3550 is a nice cpu, but most games only use 2-3 cores. A good dual core would cost much less and still be a good performer.
Read this on <$200 gaming cpu's:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

My rule of thumb is to allocate twice your cpu budget for the graphics card.
With your combined budget, that would pair a $120 cpu with a $240 graphics card.

I would look at a $125 i3-2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And pair it with a $240 graphics card like a GTX560ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can manage it, the newly announced GTX660ti @$300 is a blockbuster.

The 520W psu you selected is a good one, and will power any of these cards.
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August 17, 2012 4:51:50 PM

so i should replace the cpu with this

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

and replace the graphics card with this

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

and that will get the most out of this build?
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August 17, 2012 4:52:16 PM

I'd aim for the HD 7850 or GTX 660Ti for your graphics card, even if it means a cheaper CPU. As the previous poster said, GPU is more important than CPU in like 90% of games.
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August 17, 2012 5:17:35 PM

BadAssTurtle said:
so i should replace the cpu with this

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

and replace the graphics card with this

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

and that will get the most out of this build?


Yes, I think that is a better balance for your budget.

If you can manage a $300 graphics card, the GTX660ti is a big jump that is probably worth it.
I like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 23, 2012 11:54:20 PM

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