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OK, so my friend's looking to build a budget gaming rig, and has asked me to choose the parts. The budget is AUD$860, which I've reached, here's what I've got:

Intel i5-2500
Asus P8H61
Palit GeForce GTX460 768Mb
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1333
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Samsung Spinpoint F3
Casecom 6788 Black Mid-Tower
TP-Link Wireless-N 300Mbps Card
(Note: no optical drive)

Thanks for any help!
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I would get a cheaper card and get an i7 for hyper threading. My GTX 260 plays any game at full res and all settings on high so.
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i'd drop the 8 gigs down to 4, and the i5 to maybe an i3 @ 3.1ghz. theres always overclocking! with that, you can upgrade to a 560Ti, granted, the 460 is significantly cheap nowadays...

and with the saved money you can ditch that ugly case and get a nice antec 300 or haf 912!
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I would get a cheaper card and get an i7 for hyper threading. My GTX 260 plays any game at full res and all settings on high so.
Wow, what terrible advice.

This is for GAMING. Hyperthreading is completely irrelevant for games, in some cases it makes it slower.

And your GTX260 does NOT play any game at full res (what the hell is full res anyway? 2560x1600? Yeah fat chance) on high settings.


No just no.
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post #5 of 33
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I would get a cheaper card and get an i7 for hyper threading. My GTX 260 plays any game at full res and all settings on high so.
Seeing as his current build (which he can only use on weekends) get's lag on the games he plays, and it has:

i7-980X
12GB RAM
111GB SSD, 1TB
ATi Radeon HD5970 3GB
1080p Monitor

I think I should go with a good graphics card. He can always save and upgrade to an i7 in the future.
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i'd drop the 8 gigs down to 4, and the i5 to maybe an i3 @ 3.1ghz. theres always overclocking! with that, you can upgrade to a 560Ti, granted, the 460 is significantly cheap nowadays...

and with the saved money you can ditch that ugly case and get a nice antec 300 or haf 912!
I agree with going from 8Gb to 4Gb, but theres no need to spend the extra to get a GTX560 over a GTX460, theyre similar in performance, theres a thread on here asking that same question, everyone said GTX460.
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If it's for gaming and you're looking to get the best value out of it I would recommend you go for the 2500k instead of just the 2500. The 2500k would only be around $10-$20 more than the 2500 and it's unlocked so the performance potential is so much higher.

Other than that, everything else looks fine to me. The 460 is alright but if you can get a 560 instead for minimal difference in price definitely go for it.

This is what I'd consider to be a fairly mid-ranged gaming PC

I don't think you need a 2600k since games currently are not able to utilize the full 8 threads that a 2600k would be able to offer. If you're looking at media encoding and such then I guess more threads would be more beneficial. As far as I'm concerned most games right now still are only able to utilize 2 cores at most.

You're definitely on the right track!
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post #8 of 33
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I would get a cheaper card and get an i7 for hyper threading. My GTX 260 plays any game at full res and all settings on high so.
No. I would stick with the 2500 (non K right?) and keep the better GPU. Can you drop it down to a 2300 and get a 560ti? Also, if he got a K series CPU, he would have to get a P67 motherboard. That raises cost. 4GB is also a good way to save some money. You have to get that wireless card?
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why the heck does he have a sig rig like that when he BARELY games...


and he's lagging?


not sure if serious
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If it's for gaming and you're looking to get the best value out of it I would recommend you go for the 2500k instead of just the 2500. The 2500k would only be around $10-$20 more than the 2500 and it's unlocked so the performance potential is so much higher.

Other than that, everything else looks fine to me. The 460 is alright but if you can get a 560 instead for minimal difference in price definitely go for it.

This is what I'd consider to be a fairly mid-ranged gaming PC

I don't think you need a 2600k since games currently are not able to utilize the full 8 threads that a 2600k would be able to offer. If you're looking at media encoding and such then I guess more threads would be more beneficial. As far as I'm concerned most games right now still are only able to utilize 2 cores at most.

You're definitely on the right track!
He would then need to buy a P67 mobo which costs more and this is a budget build.

And anyway, unless he's playing at 1024x768, the FPS difference between 3.3Ghz 2500 and a 4.4ghz 2500k is neglible, as proven by a members tests on this forum.


I give up on this thread already, so much bad advice.
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