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What would you do if you had my system with $600? (this was a gift from my Grandmother.)


Edit: System used for gaming and some in-game video recording/editing and folding. (In that order of priority.) I would like to be able to actually stream video, too. I play League of Legends.



SYSTEM UPGRADED.





Edited by Siigari - 10/19/11 at 11:03pm
     
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Is the system to be used for gaming?
    
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What do you use it for? Gaming? If so, slam a GTX580 or a 6870. If you are not gaming, go with a 2600K and a nice ASrock motherboard.
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Add an SSD, 4GB-8GB RAM and another GTX 260 if your mobo allows it; save the rest for a whole new build.

    
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Originally Posted by Jaguarbamf View Post
Is the system to be used for gaming?
Yes it is.


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Originally Posted by nckid4u View Post
What do you use it for? Gaming? If so, slam a GTX580 or a 6870. If you are not gaming, go with a 2600K and a nice ASrock motherboard.
What about memory?
     
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post #6 of 55
Well, if you can come up with 50 bucks of your own to chip in to this adventure you should do this...

i5 2500k

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo

8GB G-SKILL 1600mhz CAS9 RAM

Sapphire 6870 1GB vid card ($15 MIR too)

Windows 7 64-bit OEM

Comes out to 657, $8 shipping total, and then $15 MIR off that that you'll get back in a couple months or so.

Completely revamp that entire rig for $650

EDIT: For those saying to add stuff to that rig, upgrading a Core 2 Duo would not be beneficial, 2 cores of SB will smash 2 cores of Core 2, nor would slapping an SSD in it. For gaming performance, he needs a nice DX11 card, faster processor with 4 cores (BF3 will utilize it, as many more will down the line). DDR3 RAM is cheap as anything, and he needs Win7 64bit to take advantage of more memory. His H50 should have mounting capability for 1155 no problem.

SECOND EDIT: You could also sell the chip/motherboard/RAM/video card to recoup all + some more of your out of pocket costs. Or, use the planned income (start an appraisal for the stuff) to go bigger on the video card if you so choose.
Edited by DaClownie - 10/16/11 at 6:36am
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post #7 of 55
socket 1155.. or sli if your psu is up to the task of course. sli 260s are nice i used to run that.
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post #8 of 55
This might sound stupid, but I do not think 775 is dead get a high end core 2 quad, overclock it, and get a awsome gpu, like a 570
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On newegg.com this comes out to 582 after promo code for 2500k:



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That's with a gtx560ti w/ free Batman game. You could go w/ a hd6950 w/ Dirt 3 for about $10 more if you wanted, still putting you under $600. Plus there are $45 MIR on that build I spec'd if you actually care to send them in.

That biostar board isn't bad from what I've read from other OCN members, and 8gb RAM is nice to have these days.
Edited by anubis1127 - 10/16/11 at 6:38am
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On newegg.com this comes out to 582 after promo code for 2500k:



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That's with a gtx560ti w/ free Batman game. You could go w/ a hd6950 w/ Dirt 3 for about $10 more if you wanted, still putting you under $600.
You forgot about 64 bit OS, whats the point in the increased memory if he can't utilize it?

EDIT: I've never really trusted Patriot memory, or BIOSTAR motherboards either. I know BIOSTAR has come a long way, but they still got a long way to go, IMO
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