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I'm building a computer for a friend. The game that he plays is SC2, and I know it's overkill for that game. Any comments on any of the parts and/or cheaper prices? I'm still looking over the GPU options. What about crossfire 6850's?

CPU: i5 2500k $215

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 $187

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-478-_-Product

Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 $315 after MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130622

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233144

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148697

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB $280

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227714

Case: CM690 II Advanced $80 after MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

Power Supply: CORSAIR TX750 V2 750W $95 after MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-021-_-Product

CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H70 $99



The total so far is ~$1420.
Edited by cory1234 - 5/5/11 at 8:14pm
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I'd say buy only 4gb, there isn't any performance increase in games anything over 4gb. I would also suggest some form of modular power supply.
    
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looks solid except for the video card... If it's Reference design I'd go with EVGA for the lifetime warranty.

If you want the non-reference design then get this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121432


EDIT
Also get atleast 1600mhz memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
Edited by bratas - 5/4/11 at 3:08pm
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looks solid except for the video card... If it's Reference design I'd go with EVGA for the lifetime warranty.

If you want the non-reference design then get this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121432


EDIT
Also get atleast 1600mhz memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
Good catch on the RAM, although RAM timings don't limit overclock on these chips. Switched it to Corsair Vengeance 1600.

The video card was more of a temp place holder for price. I'm still debating on AMD/Nvida.
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post #5 of 29
AMD Radeon HD6950 with shaders unlocked - best price/performance ratio

If you save on the RAM try to see if the Silverstone Raven RV03 is something for him. Looks like emmensive cooling to be, and the build will be so clean!

You didn't say anything about OC'ing, so might as well throw in another suggestion:

How about getting the Antec Kühler 620 - maybe even the 920?

Maybe cut down on the data drive as well - maybe a Spinpoint F3 1Tb. would do?


Hope it was helpful!
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My rig (not including OS) is ~$1500 on Newegg
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My rig (not including OS) is ~$1500 on Newegg
LOL@16Gb. RAM for gaming

But anyway - awesome rig!
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AMD Radeon HD6950 with shaders unlocked - best price/performance ratio

If you save on the RAM try to see if the Silverstone Raven RV03 is something for him. Looks like emmensive cooling to be, and the build will be so clean!

You didn't say anything about OC'ing, so might as well throw in another suggestion:

How about getting the Antec Kühler 620 - maybe even the 920?

Maybe cut down on the data drive as well - maybe a Spinpoint F3 1Tb. would do?


Hope it was helpful!
He has never overclocked before, but hopefully he will. The Antec Kühler 620 is just a rebranded H60. The heatsink that I have now is just as good, if not better.

1TB vs 2TB is only $20 more for another whole Terrabyte..so why not .

@6950: I don't think he would want to mess with flashing the bios. I don't think he has ever built a computer.

@Silverstone Raven RV03: The case is a little on the high side, I like the NZXT Phantom better at that price.

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My rig (not including OS) is ~$1500 on Newegg
SSD is required .
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LOL@16Gb. RAM for gaming

But anyway - awesome rig!
Hey, I have 16GB also. It's just kind of cool to say you have all your DIMMs to the max!
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Hey, I have 16GB also. It's just kind of cool to say you have all your DIMMs to the max!
Haha! I hear you



But - still just 4 Gb. 1600Mhz. CL9 are fine for gaming That's where I'm at
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