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post #11 of 28
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t3chaddict... that PSU is only a 650W... is that gonna be okay if i decided to throw in a 2nd graphics card in the future?
post #12 of 28
This is what I would do:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4GB
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX850
GPU: Either a 560 Ti or a 570 (Because you want nVidia)
Misc: Case, kb/mouse/dvd drive, etc. (A nice case makes a build easier, and keeps parts cooler. There are a lot of nice cases for ~$100. Ex. Link)

Use this as a jumping point. Adjust as needed based on budget. Remember the 2 things you never skimp on are: Power supply, Motherboard. (I also wouldn't skimp on the CPU. However, a good midrange CPU is where it is at. After you overclock it of course )

When buying your motherboard I would stick with: Asus or Gigabyte. Both have been around for a long time, and most users will go with these so if you have issues there is a large user base that can help.

MSI, AsRock, and Biostar can also be good, but they also put out more crap. (IMO) Although, recently all three have stepped up their game.


I see that this is your first build, and you are new to this. My advise: Start reading, and never stop reading everything you can click on. Way to many people on here assemble computers with far too little knowledge. Read up on how to troubleshoot issues that may arise.


An example:

It is sickening to see a post where a person has built a new computer without using motherboard standoffs, and then wonders why it won't POST. All it would have taken is 5min of reading to prevent that. (Not that you would do that)
Edited by AtomicFrost - 5/9/11 at 3:33am
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post #13 of 28
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i guess my biggest concern was buying the wrong parts (keyword was). Luckily newegg and has great return policy that makes my a little bit easier, so i guess my next concern would be buying a good computer but not understand how it works thus leading to not knowing how to apply maintenance to it if one day it did decide to die out.
post #14 of 28
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oh yeah.. so i bought a cheap MSI graphics card for my old desktop because the older card just died out and all i was looking for was a graphics card with an HDMI port....

... and i hear the term "overclocking" alot... anyone wanna explain exactly what that means? (i heard alot about MSI afterburner? and my card being able to overclock but never knew what it meant).
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by SpammisT View Post
Here's the catch,

Sandy Bridges follow a socket numbered as 1155
Don't mistaken them for the 1156, they're the "i3/5/7" family I believe, 2nd generation?
And the first generation i7s were socket 1366.

Oh you could say they're the 1967's Mustang for 1366
and... the 1155 are the new, shiny, Dodge Vipers.
Hope you got this so far LOL.

Cars are similar to computers, the way I explain a CPU to car wheels and the GPU to the engine. Catching my drift?

(drift, haha, terrible joke)
They have i7's for 1156 socket as well.
     
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Here is a general build
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post #17 of 28
Intel Core i5-2500 (I chose this over the 2500K because the 2500K only offers a better integrated graphics processor which is no contest compared to a 6950/6970 and has an extra feature or so. Check out Intel's specifications on their site)
Asus P8P67 EVO
Mushkin Enchanced Blackline 8GB or a set of GSkill Trident or Ripjaws
Asus Radeon HD6950 2GB (you can unclock it to a 6970)
Seasonic X series 760w or 660w or Corsair AX750 or AX850
Samsung F3 (hurry up and get them before they're out of stock. They just sold their HDD department to Seagate)

I'm out of time but I'll come back and edit this later.
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post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Intel Core i5-2500 (I chose this over the 2500K because the 2500K only offers a better integrated graphics processor which is no contest compared to a 6950/6970 and has an extra feature or so. Check out Intel's specifications on their site)
Asus P8P67 EVO
Mushkin Enchanced Blackline 8GB or a set of GSkill Trident or Ripjaws
Asus Radeon HD6950 2GB (you can unclock it to a 6970)
Seasonic X series 760w or 660w or Corsair AX750 or AX850
Samsung F3 (hurry up and get them before they're out of stock. They just sold their HDD department to Seagate)

I'm out of time but I'll come back and edit this later.

and the 2500k's have an unlocked multiplier which means they can be overclocked. I thought that would be more important then the integrated graphics processor?
post #19 of 28
If you just want to play SC2 on ultra settings you don't need to spend THAT much go with this:
Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131713
Graphics Card (MSI 6950)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102921
Raidmax PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152028
2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
G.Skill 1333 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231179
WD 1TB HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136490
Cheap DVDRW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151233
Win 7 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986
Cooler Master Hyper N 520 (best cooler under $30 IMHO):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103057

Just throw in a case and you're set! All under $900
Edited by CarlosSpiceyWeiner - 5/9/11 at 4:53am
    
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umm... yeah i didn't really catch any of that =/
Yeah, sorry about that I was at work and didn't have much time, otherwise I would've compiled you a nice setup but now it seems I'm way too late By Sandy Bridge I mean the new Intel processors, especially Intel 2500K. And by HD6950 I mean the AMD HD6950 2GB GPU obviously, but if you want a nVidia GPU then I would definately go with 560Ti. Once you start building your own setups you'll never go back!
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