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Last thoughts before purchasing? Guild Wars 2 'Budget' Rig

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September 27, 2012 1:17:27 PM

This guy is going to be used almost exclusively for playing GW2 and browsing the interwebs. I might get a Black Magic card down the line and do some live streaming with it. Just wondering if anyone had any comments or criticism for the build. I'm planning on OCing the 2500k. I was trying to stay under $600 dollars, but with the rebates, what I have listed, everything winds up at $751.77.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before October 1st

Budget Range: Trying to stay as close as possible to $600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strictly for Guild Wars 2, surfing the web, and possibly live streaming in the future.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: N/A New build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon; I'm open to anyone with the best deal.

Location: Tampa, FL

Parts Preferences: Would like to stick with Intel i5-2500k, fairly content with the ASUS Mobo. Everything else I'm flexible with

Overclocking: Definitely OCing processor, in the air about touching the GPU

SLI or Crossfire: Would rather not.

Your Monitor Resolution: Capable of 1080

Additional Comments: As stated earlier; primarily building this to play GW2. I'd like to make sure I have a SSD for quick booting.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My MacBook can't handle live streaming or GW2.

For your consideration:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($207.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $751.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Already ordered the case as I'm rather fond of it, I'm also planning to apply for one of the Newegg preferred accounts so I can get another $20 off (puts me at $731.77, effectively. Just pondering the rest of my selections. Just debating on the GPU. I was hoping I could get something similar in the $180's, but nothing seemed to be as good as the MSI card. I was shooting for something with a similar benchmark to the Radeon 7850, the 6950 came close for $30 less, but it's probably better to spend the little extra.

Some other GPUs I was considering:
HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 02G-P3-1559-KR

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3L

Just having a lot of issues picking out the best mix of value and performance amongst those GPUs.




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September 27, 2012 1:23:36 PM

Good to go but I dont trust that OCZ SSD. :/  They have been fairly unstable recently (except for the Vertex 4) Maybe get one from Crucial, Kingston or Samsung.
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September 27, 2012 1:30:52 PM

Nw333 said:
Good to go but I dont trust that OCZ SSD. :/  They have been fairly unstable recently (except for the Vertex 4) Maybe get one from Crucial, Kingston or Samsung.


I know it's kind of greedy, but I was trying to get a 120/128GB SSD in the $80 range. My brother purchased a SanDisk one and it has been very good to him thus far. From what I've understood the Agility 4 is supposed to be much better than the Vertex 3 which I was initially going to get.
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September 27, 2012 1:41:05 PM

Sandisk is also a good brand, also check out Mushkin. They have some great SSDs up. :D  If your fine with the failure rates, (which you might want to research more on) on OCZ SSDs, its okay to buy, I guess.
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September 27, 2012 2:01:52 PM

Save yourself the possible trouble and get the OCZ Vertex 4. It's reliable, stable, and it has great reviews for only $99.99.
The rest of the build, as Nw333 said, is a go show.
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September 27, 2012 2:05:47 PM

I see you added some GPU options. Dont mind the 6950 and 550Ti. Especially the 550Ti. They were last gen-cards. Although the 6950 still does perform reasonably good, consumes more power though.

I would go for the HIS IceQ since it is a very good card, but the MSI card and the rest over there still fit the job right.
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September 27, 2012 2:09:50 PM

+1 on the 7850s.
They're the best among the GPUs you listed.
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