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post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by Blaze051806 View Post
or how about..

cpu-80 ( amd tri core )
and the rest of money into a more powerfull GPU?
Kinda weak. I would not buy my cpu again right now with all the awesome options out there.

If you're going p67 I highly recommended the p8p67.
post #22 of 39
If you're patient you can look around for deals or even check out OCN's market. I got CPU/RAM deal on here and saved me $60 right away from buying retail.

CPU (i5 2500k) - $190 ~Depends on sellers price
Memory (8GB) - $95
Mobo (ASRock P67 Extreme4) - $160 ~Or maybe even Biostar
PSU (Antec Truepower 650w) - $80
Case (Rosewill Challenger) - $55
GPU (GTX 460) - $150 - $170

Total: ~$750

This is just my example. Obviously you might not find same priced deals, but you can change out things like a different case, maybe a Haf 912, and less memory if you don't want 8GB, saves you around $40 right there for a better GPU or motherboard or whatever else.

Gotta look around a bit. I say it can be done with some patience.

EDIT: Forgot you said the sound card, so go with 4GB Memory and the cash you save there goes to the ASUS Xonar DS.
Edited by Nightz2k - 5/4/11 at 7:04pm
post #23 of 39
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So here's what I have so far:

GTX 460: $155 ($30MIR)
CM HAF 912: $56
i5 2500k: $220
ASUS P8P67: $180
4GB 2x2 DDR3: $50
Antec EarthWatts 650w: $70
ASUS Xonar DS: $50

which comes out to $781. I guess I should just bite the bullet and spend the extra few bucks to get quality components.

How does this look to everyone?
post #24 of 39
As much as I love AMD, right now, imo, Sandy Bridge is where it's at for best price/performance gaming rig. I think you're good to go.

(I didn't wanna wait for Bulldozer either)
post #25 of 39
build looks good . dont forget to add a cheap dvd drive. i baught the 20 dollar liteon drive from newegg. or maybe get the asus one about the same price .
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Sticking with stock cooler?
    
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yes def stick with the SB build. you can get a aftermarket cooler later on to overclock if you want, the stock cooler is fine for stock clocks
    
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post #28 of 39
CPU: Core i5 2500k ($215 with promo)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) ($130)
RAM: G.skill 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz 9-9-9-24, 1.5v ($48)
Power supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ($55 after rebate. Maybe cheaper with promo code)

Total so far: $448.

You apparently have a hard disk and peripherals. I'm not sure if you have a copy of Windows or not, so that leaves us needing a case and a GPU.

The list of GPUs I'd suggest for the price:
Asus HD 6850 1GB with shogun 2 ($140 after rebate)

Gigabyte 5850 1GB with shogun 2 ($155 after rebate)

That would bring your total to approximately $600 of your $750 budget, allowing you to buy a case and a copy of Windows.


Why did I pick all of this out?

The CPU is the best out there for gaming and won't become outdated for a long, long time.

The Motherboard is just about the cheapest you can get that supports crossfire and so would let you expand later on, save throwing out the mobo and buying new.

The RAM is the cheapest respectable looking 1600 Mhz DDR3 with reasonable timings.

The power supply is good, it's modular and it's cheap. While the ModXstream series aren't the best power supplies in the world, they are actually very, very good for the price. It should also cover crossfiring later for $5 more than the 500W supply (which probably wouldn't).

The GPUs are a little more problematic, but they seem to be cheaper than the GTX 460, and outperform or perform approximately equally to it in all situations.

The 5850 is the stronger card, but the 6850 is very comparable, better in Dx11, cheaper, and has marginally better scaling. What this means is that 6850s in crossfire end up competing with 470's in sli rather than 460's, despite being similar in performance on their own.




Ultimately, you'll probably still want a DVD drive, maybe an extra hard drive and a CPU Cooler, but I've heard that the stock cooler on these new i5's is fine for some minor overclocking and you've not really specified what else you need, but if you don't need to buy Windows (say, by taking XP from an older machine), you'll have more than enough budget to spend on little things like that.




Please note: I use newegg because it's easy and I'm not from the US. You can probably find some items cheaper elsewhere if you shop around.



I hope that that looks something like a machine you'd like. Please bear in mind the unlisted items too


Edit:

I went with the MSI mobo due to price, but the Asus is probably better. While the Antec PSU is better, I'd still advocate the ModXStream based on price, and I'd suggest the 6850 if you're looking at crossfire later on. If not, then go with whatever's cheapest.

Oh, and as coolers, I'd look at the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ - largely due to price/performance. However, there are plenty of others with similar levels of performance.
Edited by Korlus - 5/5/11 at 5:02am
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post #29 of 39
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Wow Korlus, thanks for the post. I don't need to buy a copy of Windows as I'll be using Linux, and I already have DVD drive, HDD, and mouse/keyboard/monitor/speakers.

I'm gonna be buying from Frys because it's close and because I have to pay tax and S&H from Newegg items anyway, so the prices are gonna be about the same.

The motherboard is the only thing I'm uncertain about. I don't care about SLi/XFire. I just want it to be stable and to OC well.

I found a GTX460 for $155 with a $30MIR, I have yet to find a better card for that price. Plus, Linux drivers for ATi aren't as good as nVidia, which is why I'm sticking with nV.

I'll get a cooler a little bit later. I just want a working build for now.
post #30 of 39
750 is more than enough for a decent intel rig. 1156 i5 750 or 760.

edit: or the 2500k like the other guy mentioned. Didnt realize you had peripherals and hdd already.
Edited by AliceInChains - 5/5/11 at 9:11am
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