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Since Bulldozer looks like its going to suck even after making me wait two months(and counting), I've decided to stop waiting and switch to Intel.

I want an I5-2500k since that sounds like its the **** these days for gaming. Gonna do some light overclocking, not to set world record benchmarks or anything, but just to push my comp to be a bit faster than what I paid for. I'm an elite gamer, usually play SC2 for about 12 hours straight on max settings 1080p so I don't expect to do anything crazy OC-wise cuz I want this rig to last a while. I know there's a bunch of people here who can keep stable rigs at crazy high clock speeds while running it for long times... yea not me

So i5-2500K, $1200
post #2 of 12
I'd be glad to help you out, I just built the rig in my sig for less then $900 (worth ~$1300).

Need a little more info though. Are you going to be reusing any parts? Seems like you have a rig in your sig already.
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Do you need a monitor, keyboard, OS, case, etc.?

Main component list:

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro - ~$180
CPU: Core i5-2500k - ~$210
GPU: HD6950 or GTX570 - ~$250 - $300
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB - ~$50
RAM: Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600Mhz or higher - ~$70
SSD (if you desire): Crucial m4 64GB - ~$100
PSU: Corsair HX650 or go HX750/850 if you plan to SLI/crossfire in the future - ~$110
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster 212+ - ~$25

That leaves about $200 for a case or any other things you might need. If you have no other needs, either keep your money or upgrade the GPU with SLI/Crossfire or a GTX580.
Edited by tcobb51 - 8/11/11 at 8:17pm
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i5-2500k - $200
Asus P8P67 Pro Rev. 3 - $185
MSI GTX560Ti TFII SLI - $450
8GB Ripjaw X DDR3 1600 - $60
1TB Spinpoint F3 HDD - $50
Corsair HX750 - $130
CM Hyper 212+ - $30
Case - your choice.

Total for those parts is $1105. You can always go with one GTX560Ti right now and upgrade to SLI down the road. Alternatively, if you don't want to SLI, just get one card and put the money into a 120GB SSD

Edit: looks like person above me posted a couple minutes before with identical parts list! Prices above are *rough* prices and you can save money by buying CPU+MoBo combo from Microcenter if you live near one and getting that 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 at Fry's B&M for $25.
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Sorry, ooops. I'm keeping my sig rig in my house for friends to LAN with. So I'm not reusing anything. My visitors need to bring their own mouse, I have spare keyboard and monitor. I have SATA cables, ethernets, nuts, bolts, screws, paste, and all that stuff.

I just need a tower, a case and everything inside!
Edited by kchris - 8/11/11 at 8:22pm
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"looks like person above me posted a couple minutes before with identical parts list! "

I love when people give similar build lists... Helps me know what the reliable parts are, especially when some of them are in the advisers sig rigs.
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Since you need a case, the Coolermaster CM690 II case is a solid price/performance case at ~$90. That would leave still room to go with a better graphics card or to SLI/crossfire and stay within the $1200 budget.
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post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tcobb51 View Post
Do you need a monitor, keyboard, OS, case, etc.?

Main component list:

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro - ~$180
CPU: Core i5-2500k - ~$210
GPU: HD6950 or GTX570 - ~$250 - $300
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB - ~$50
RAM: Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600Mhz or higher - ~$70
SSD (if you desire): Crucial m4 64GB - ~$100
PSU: Corsair HX650 or go HX750/850 if you plan to SLI/crossfire in the future - ~$110
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster 212+ - ~$25

That leaves about $200 for a case or any other things you might need. If you have no other needs, either keep your money or upgrade the GPU with SLI/Crossfire or a GTX580.
Awesome man. This sounds perfect, especially with that SSD to put my games and OS on. I didn't realize I could get this much with $1200! I didn't think SLI/Crossfire would be possible, but based on how much this rig will cost looks like I'd be able to do it real soon(within 2 months after I build this).

Thanks everybody! + rep all
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The lists posted above are nice and all but not exactly tailored to your needs. You say you're a hardcore SC2 player so the machine I would build for you would be a little different because SC2 is NOT a demanding game whatsoever ( a single 560ti will have you at a consistent 80+ fps mostly hovering over 100). Plus in SC2, the only load time you go through is at the beginning. And if you have an SSD that makes you load faster then your opponent, you have to end up waiting for them so no real point . I would allocate those funds elsewhere.

i5-2500k - $210
Asus P8P67 Pro - $180 (you need this for sli/xfire proof)
EVGA 560ti SC - $220 AR
G.Skill Ram 8gb 1600 - $60
1tb F3 Samsung - $50 (on sale at amazon now)
Corsair HX650 - $110 AR
CM Hyper 212+ - $25
Lite-on CD/DVD - $20

Total: $875

Why spend more then you need to?

You have a LOT of extra money to invest in a solid case. Some high recommendations: Corsair 600t, 800d; HAF 932 or HAF x; NZXT Phantom; Lian Li case.

That should come out to be less then $1100 after the case.

Save the rest of the money. No need to spend more, really, if SC2 is your primary goal. Down the road if you want to SLI grab another 560ti with the money you saved. A HX650w will run that setup fine, no need for other upgrades!
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post #10 of 12
I agree with fstop that for SC2 you won't need to spend $1200. I tried to tailor a rig to your budget and you're getting a lot for your money at that price point, in my opinion. However, you could save money and see similar SC2 performance for sure.
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