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post #11 of 22
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Save some more money and get a decent GTX 460. The GTX 560 is essentially an overclocked GTX 460. Currently, I have no problems playing any of the current games out there (granted, my card is overclocked to 900mhz @ the core and 2000mhz @ the memory with temps under 60 degrees C). The GTX 460 is still a very capable card and shouldn't be underestimated. Also, realize that many people here in the forum must have the "best of the best, all of the time", and often downplay the usefulness and capability of previous-gen tech.

As far as my recommendation goes, try not to skimp out on the essential hardware of the build (processor/motherboard/memory). This is how I tackled my recent build (see my sig), and just stuck in a GTX 460. I couldn't have made a better choice. Now, with the money I saved and the money I have been saving since my build, I'll be able to upgrade my video card during the next gen releases.

I think I spend a total of $625-675 for my build (again, see sig), minus the OS and peripherals. You just gotta be patient and find the deals!

Good luck!
Thank you for the input, I think you're right. My main concern has been the motherboard and cpu. And I think you're right, the performance of s gtx 460 should be enough to run the games she wants. Maybe not at maximum quality, but good enough for the budget of the pc.
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Thank you for the video, I think the i3 build might work. Anyone know if there is an i3 that can be overclocked? Last I checked a few months ago that was a no, but not sure if things have changed.
Looks to me that Intel has no plans on releasing an overclockable Sandy Bridge i3.
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Go with regular i3 2100, not 2100T. 2100T is like the crippled version of 2100. If you want to save power get 2100 then reduce multipliers to 25x.

Any CPU that ends with T or S is not worth to get period. You can underclock it from their respective parents (T/S series CPU is more expensive).
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Go with regular i3 2100, not 2100T. 2100T is like the crippled version of 2100. If you want to save power get 2100 then reduce multipliers to 25x.

Any CPU that ends with T or S is not worth to get period. You can underclock it from their respective parents (T/S series CPU is more expensive).
Just wondering, why are you using a non-overclockable i3 on a Z68 motherboard?? Are you using the SRT or Lucid Virtu??
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Hello all,

I am trying to help a friend build a PC for mid-level gaming, we have about $600 in funds and all we have are the peripherals and a copy of Windows 7.

As you might imagine, it is a daunting task for me with that budget. So my thoughts were perhaps that a cheaper i3 would bottle neck with an HD 6770 or a gtx 550. I would prefer an i5 but the prices are still a bit high, with the mobo+cpu being in the $350 range.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
If you have a microcenter around you, you can get a 1155 board and i5 for $219.99....

I have beein buying them for people on OCN who dont have microcenters around... they are doing a i5 for 179.99 and get $60 off any board... so... you can effectivly get a complete setup for about $220....samep rice as getting an i3 and board.

if you are interested, shoot me a PM... I am going down this weekend to pick up 2 more setups for people.
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Just wondering, why are you using a non-overclockable i3 on a Z68 motherboard?? Are you using the SRT or Lucid Virtu??
I have plans to upgrade to IB or 2500K later on. Plus ASRock Z68 Pro3 is very cheap ($109), so even if I don't OC it is still a good buy (yes I do use Virtu for Quick Sync).
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post #17 of 22
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I might have to bite the bullet and drive down to Santa Clara and get me a bundle at Micro Center. Any good deals on RAM/Cases/PSU that anyone would recommend while I'm there? Or should I order from Newegg/Tiger Direct/Amazon?

Also, I am torn between the GTX 460 and the HD 6850. Newegg has both for ~$150.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500202
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102908

Any thoughts?
post #18 of 22
Go to Microcenter... the 460 is cheaper there... and i used a 460 for a bit to play BF3 in my LAN rig... was getting 40-50FPS on high settings.

RAM you can get 8GB of Corsair XMS3 forl ike $40
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Go to Microcenter... the 460 is cheaper there... and i used a 460 for a bit to play BF3 in my LAN rig... was getting 40-50FPS on high settings.

RAM you can get 8GB of Corsair XMS3 forl ike $40
Thank you sir. If I can get the i5 and the mobo for ~$250 then the rest should be pretty easy to manage.
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There ya go! Good luck! We just built an i5 system for a buddy for like, $450... it can be done! Where theres a will, theres a way!
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