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October 10, 2012 4:14:55 AM

I'm building my first ordered build. I need some help picking out the parts though. I want a set that can compete with this barebones kit, or a barebones kit similar and along the same price range. I don't want to spend more than $550 post rebate. This is the barebones I'm looking at for the time being,

ASUS P8H67-M LE B3 Sandy Bridge Barebones Kit - ASUS P8H67-M LE B3 Mobo, Intel Core i5-2500K CPU, Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM, Seagate 1TB HDD, 22x DVDRW, GeForce 210 1GB, Thermaltake V3 BE Case, 600W PSU

and here's a link

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. I'd like to have a good build ready to be ordered by tomorrow night, or I'll probably end up going with a barebones.
October 10, 2012 4:24:17 AM

The Barebones still looks goods to me.
The only upgrade you'll need is a GPU, and maybe another RAM module.

I doubt you can find a build for ~$550 that's a big upgrade from what you currently have.
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October 10, 2012 4:27:58 AM

A ~$300 GPU good?
Nvidia = 660 Ti
AMD = HD 7950

They are both priced almost the same, but the 7950 outperforms it.
Get the 660 Ti though if you want to make use of CUDA cores or if you prioritize Nvidia-based games.
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October 10, 2012 4:28:46 AM

The main reason I asked for a similar compatible build layout is because this barebones kit is currently all out of stock on any site I've looked for it on. That's why I turned to toms!
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October 10, 2012 4:32:39 AM

Ohh. I thought you already owned it and you're looking for an upgrade. :p 
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October 10, 2012 3:01:42 PM

Oh, no excella! Sorry I didn't specify too much. haha. Thanks anyway for your assistance.

This looks like a great package jrgong. Thanks for the direct. I have a monitor, keyboard, and os, but thanks for asking. I'll probably end up getting a fresh keyboard to go with the set since your package is going to save me some dough.

If anybody else has any other suggestions, I'm still open-ears!
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October 10, 2012 3:04:51 PM

oh, and jrgong, do you think it'd be wise to get a 650w psu from Corsair instead? I intend to eventually upgrade the graphics card and I don't want to have to end up buying a psu that I won't need in a few months.
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October 11, 2012 2:12:55 AM

Would the system you mapped out be able to manage the amd hd7950 pretty well if I exchanged the power unit for a Corsair TX650?
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October 12, 2012 12:48:43 AM

Alright. I may end up going for the 550 instead. I'm considering ordering the graphics card right now as well. How do you feel about the radeon hd6850 for this build. I want something that can manage The Old Republic on the highest graphics setting, although it's not entirely necessary.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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