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December 24, 2012 2:04:00 AM

Hey guys, im going to be doing a build right after christmas and i have everything picked out except im stuck on my graphics card. i have a budget of $1000(can go 50-100 higher if i have to) and i want to be able to play any game out there and i want to have the best settings available, one game i will be playing for sure is guild wars 2. Its going to be my 1st computer for gaming so im really excited! heres my build so far:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Mboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU:CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
HD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD:SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

So i have all of these parts in a cart on newegg.com and it came out to $772.93...im actually going to be going to Microcenter because there is a store close to where i live and im going to get all the parts there. ik theres dscounts on some of the parts listed so its not going to cost the same when i go to the Microcenter so if you guys have any suggestions on the other parts that would be awsome! i did a lot of research on all the parts so hopefully i did good :D  also as far as the case if there is a case out there that has a cear side panel that would be great cause i have been looking for one ad i couldnt find one that would fit in my budget. And also between getting an AMD or Nvidia card it really doesent matter for me.

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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 2:26:33 AM

I don't think your gonna get max settings on a 100$ GPU unless your playing a older game or a low end game.. Now the best card you can get to achieve decent settings is a 7750 or a GTX 650. thats 100$. if you moved your budget up another 50-100$ you'd be much better .
December 24, 2012 2:28:33 AM

jbarrows said:
Hey guys, im going to be doing a build right after christmas and i have everything picked out except im stuck on my graphics card. i have a budget of $1000(can go 50-100 higher if i have to) and i want to be able to play any game out there and i want to have the best settings available, one game i will be playing for sure is guild wars 2. Its going to be my 1st computer for gaming so im really excited! heres my build so far:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Mboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU:CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
HD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD:SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

So i have all of these parts in a cart on newegg.com and it came out to $772.93...im actually going to be going to Microcenter because there is a store close to where i live and im going to get all the parts there. ik theres dscounts on some of the parts listed so its not going to cost the same when i go to the Microcenter so if you guys have any suggestions on the other parts that would be awsome! i did a lot of research on all the parts so hopefully i did good :D  also as far as the case if there is a case out there that has a cear side panel that would be great cause i have been looking for one ad i couldnt find one that would fit in my budget. And also between getting an AMD or Nvidia card it really doesent matter for me.



Do you know if you want a full tower or a mid tower case? Full tower cases are bigger than mid tower and they allow for more airflow, room,etc. Mid tower cases are fine aswell. Also, how much are you willing to spend on a case?
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 2:45:07 AM

I would look in the $150 range for a video card. Like the GTX 650 ti or the 7770 Ghz edition.

Some decent budget cases:

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

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

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

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

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

The Ostrog is VERY good for the price, as is the BitFenix Shinobi.

If you wanted to upgrade there are a number of excellent cases in the $100 range, but these are all nice for budget rigs.

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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 3:05:26 AM
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jbarrows said:
Hey guys, im going to be doing a build right after christmas and i have everything picked out except im stuck on my graphics card. i have a budget of $1000(can go 50-100 higher if i have to) and i want to be able to play any game out there and i want to have the best settings available, one game i will be playing for sure is guild wars 2. Its going to be my 1st computer for gaming so im really excited! heres my build so far:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
Mboard:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU:CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
HD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD:SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

So i have all of these parts in a cart on newegg.com and it came out to $772.93...im actually going to be going to Microcenter because there is a store close to where i live and im going to get all the parts there. ik theres dscounts on some of the parts listed so its not going to cost the same when i go to the Microcenter so if you guys have any suggestions on the other parts that would be awsome! i did a lot of research on all the parts so hopefully i did good :D  also as far as the case if there is a case out there that has a cear side panel that would be great cause i have been looking for one ad i couldnt find one that would fit in my budget. And also between getting an AMD or Nvidia card it really doesent matter for me.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.48 @ NCIX US)
Total: $641.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 00:09 EST-0500)



You can get the i5 3570k + the asrock extreme 4 for $304 @ microcenter together.
December 24, 2012 3:58:43 AM

yeah i mean ill have with the parts i have right now 250 dollars so im hoping to get a good high-end card but yeah if you guys have any suggestions with the build so i could save a couple extra bucks i would greatly appreciate it. @maxalge do you know if Microcenter has those parts? and between the 2500k and the 3570k i5 is it worth spending the extra money for it? that bundle wth the motherboards sounds great..
December 24, 2012 3:59:10 AM

Microcenter has the best CPU plus mobo combos. I got my I5 3570K for $169.99 with $40 off of any motherboard I wanted. I got an ASUS Z77-V LK for $70.00. I highly recommend getting the 3570k because first of all you are getting a Z77 mobo which is meant for 3rd gen intel CPU's. If you really want the 2500k, just get a Z68 mobo which will be cheaper. As far as GPU's go, a Radeon 7850 will be the best for your buck. Im pretty sure it is around 180-200 dollars.
December 24, 2012 4:01:00 AM

oh and for the case im trying to spend most of my money on my budget on the gpu and other main parts but i really want a case with a clear side panel just because it would show off the parts :)  but yeah i think id be willing to push up to $1100
December 24, 2012 4:02:02 AM

Oh yah, also get 8 gb of 1600 MHz ram if you want to over clock your ram because 1333 can not over clock that much
December 24, 2012 4:03:42 AM

ok yeah that sounds good..ive just heard a lot about the ivy bridge processors getting really hot and having heat problems so i wasnt so sure about the 3570k. and i also heard you can overclock the hell out of the 2500k to 4 gigs? is that the same with the 3570?
a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 3:44:57 PM

Actually you can get either at 5ghz. The 2500k can get 5ghz easier. But a 3570k at 4.5 GHz is good enough
December 24, 2012 3:58:12 PM

jbarrows said:
ok yeah that sounds good..ive just heard a lot about the ivy bridge processors getting really hot and having heat problems so i wasnt so sure about the 3570k. and i also heard you can overclock the hell out of the 2500k to 4 gigs? is that the same with the 3570?


Its not that they get hotter, but are not as good as getting rid of the heat they make. The thing is, they are faster at the same clock speed.

If you were to OC a 2500k to its avg OC speed, and then OC a 3570K to its avg OC speed, the 3570K would have a lower frequency, but be faster because of its arch.

really, anything over 4.2 is enough for either cpu in games, and really, even with apps you wont see a huge diff. Preformance does not scale as 1:1 with clock speed.

I would go with the 3570k becasue its less likely you will have to do a bios flash to get a z77 to boot.
December 25, 2012 4:29:36 AM

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