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Friend's been gaming on a crappy laptop forever and it died. Wants to dive into some real gaming. Less than 900 is preferred but if its worth the money it should be fine. So far..

Case : Corsair Graphite 600T
CPU : 2500k
MB : MSI P67A-G45 (B3)
RAM : 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 (6-8-6-24)
GPU : XFX 6870
PSU : Corsair Professional HX650
HD : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
DVD/CD : LG SuperMulti OEM
COOLING : CM Hyper 212+

Newegg (with combos) : 901.21 before shipping

Just wanted to see what you guys thought about it, anything I might need to change.
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Pretty nice build, there is one thing that I would change and that would be the GPU. I'm not sure which XFX 6870 you chose from Newegg but they all hover between $180-$210.

For that price you could really benefit from upgrading to a 560ti or 6950 if you don't mind dealing with rebates. If you want to do some serious gaming its recommended that you get at least a 560ti/6950.

I'm assuming that you're not going to be playing at super high resolutions (higher then 1900x1200) so I recommend the 560ti.

This 560ti is overclocked out of the box and has lifetime warranty. $220 AR:


Cheaper 560ti's can be found for about $200 as well on Amazon.
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1.) You could find a better motherboard. Head on over to the link in my sig to see a full comparison of every P67 and Z68 motherboard in detail, to decide which features you need and which you don't

2.) You wouldn't see a great performance improvement with CAS-6 RAM over CAS-9, so I'd save money right there.

3.) With that money, I would definitely go ahead and get the HD 6950. If you unlock it, it could potentially perform as high as the GTX 580 in certain games.

4.) I would also go ahead and change the HDD to 2TB. The price difference is way less than double the price.

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1.) You could find a better motherboard. Head on over to the link in my sig to see a full comparison of every P67 and Z68 motherboard in detail, to decide which features you need and which you don't

2.) You wouldn't see a great performance improvement with CAS-6 RAM over CAS-9, so I'd save money right there.

3.) With that money, I would definitely go ahead and get the HD 6950. If you unlock it, it could potentially perform as high as the GTX 580 in certain games.

4.) I would also go ahead and change the HDD to 2TB. The price difference is way less than double the price.

Enjoy!
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Those RAMs are awesome for benching, in everday usage you won't be able to tell the difference between latency 9 and latency 6. If your going to be doing some benching ie. super pi then those RAMS are perfect if not then a regular 1.5 CL9 kit would be the way forward.

Read about the RAM here (just recently added some info to this thread, so it might help): http://www.overclock.net/intel-memor...e-p67-z68.html


Apart from that build looks good, not a fan of MSI mobo's but it should be good enough.


Hope that helps

EDIT:

If your looking for a budget mobo, I would certainly recommend the Asrcock P67 Extreme4 or the BIOSTAR TP67XE. They are highly recommended and I have heard nothing but good things about the asrock one.

Here's an open box Biostar for only $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813138317R
Edited by munaim1 - 8/8/11 at 6:43pm
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I have to agree with Munaim on the MSI issue. I prefer Gigabyte to MSI. ASUS are good if you really want UEFI, but I find Gigabyte offer more features/$.

As for the reccomendation for the GTX 560 Ti.. it's sad to see it.

The GTX 580 is twice as powerful as the GTX 560 Ti. An unlocked 180$ HD 6950 could be as powerful as a GTX 580, where as the GTX 560 Ti costs more.
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