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I have a friend who is considering getting a Macbook Air and an $850 Gaming PC, OR getting just a Macbook Pro.
I am trying to convince him to get a the combo with the gaming PC.

If you could, I'd really appreciate it if you could put together a list of parts for the most powerful gaming PC for $850, not including monitor, KB, mouse, or Windows.
Thanks in advance.

PS. No preference of specific brand name parts, just the most bang for the buck would be appreciated.

Thanks a lot in advance, hoping to convert a console gamer!
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post #2 of 14
CPU
i5 2500Khttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219.99
Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 $169.99 < price of this has inc by like $15 over the last week.
RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2x DDR3 1600http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 $44.99
Graphics card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr IIhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 $244.99
PSU
XFX CORE 550Whttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013 $69.99

XFX CORE 650W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014&Tpk=xfx%20650 $59.99 After Rebate.. and 650 will take SLI 560Tis smile.gif

HDD
Flood has inc prices
CASE
HAF 912http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99
Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $26.00

Total $845.94



Maybe this mobo if the price is too much..

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $124.99
Edited by andrewmchugh - 11/11/11 at 5:27am
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^ Nice.
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post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks! Any other options? Maybe AMD?
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post #5 of 14
AMD isn't worth it if you are really trying to convert him - if you guys are near a Microcenter you can save quite a bit on the 2500k at 179.99 and 60 bucks off a mobo that way you can put some more umph into other parts

You can save another 6 bucks on shipping by getting the HAF 912 from best buy

I'd recommend just getting a 128gb SSD until the HDD prices drop back down again
Crucial m4 128

and then get a samsung f3 when the prices drop back down to the $50 range
Edited by sn0w - 11/11/11 at 9:31am
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post #6 of 14
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What do you mean AMD isn't worth it?
If they offered a stronger build for the price it would be worth it, do they no longer offer good budget processors?
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by greenPlastic View Post

What do you mean AMD isn't worth it?
If they offered a stronger build for the price it would be worth it, do they no longer offer good budget processors?

You can't beat the Price/Performance of a 2500K. I've been trying for MONTHS!
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by greenPlastic View Post

What do you mean AMD isn't worth it?
If they offered a stronger build for the price it would be worth it, do they no longer offer good budget processors?

If you are going low end, then they still have some competitive price/performance CPUs.

But if a 2500K is in budget, it's much better than any AMD offering at that price point.
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 case

COUGAR A-Series A560 (CGR B3-560) 560W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE PSU

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SSD

Intel Core i5-2500K
+
HD 6870 1GB



Total shipped: $850.79 (Before rebates & after promo codes)

Promo codes: EMCJJJJ48 & EMCJJJJ22

$60 in mail in rebates

Crossfire ready (480w on the +12v rail, crossfire HD 6870s pull ~420w)

The promo codes won't last long. I think they expire on the 13th and the RAM IDK how long will last.

HD 6870 + HD 6870 crossfire review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-crossfirex-review/7

Here's a comparison of the GTX 570 and 580 in SLI. The price of one of those setups are at least $400 more just for the GTX 570 SLI: http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/6

You'll find it's the best single card in price/performance and when crossfired there's no competition in sight.

The 120GB SSD should last in terms of storage capacity until HDD prices come back down to the $50 - 60 range. Don't worry about the OCZ firmware problems, those were resolved a while ago and the OCZ 3 series SSDs demolish the M4s. The M4s have just become recommended because of the previous OCZ FW problems and people haven't stopped doing it for some stupid reason.

You can also throw in the CoolerMaster Hyper212+ to overclock the CPU for $26. Maybe after the rebates are sent back?
Edited by pLuhhmm - 11/11/11 at 12:26pm
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post

The 120GB SSD should last in terms of storage capacity until HDD prices come back down to the $50 - 60 range. Don't worry about the OCZ firmware problems, those were resolved a while ago and the OCZ 3 series SSDs demolish the M4s. The M4s have just become recommended because of the previous OCZ FW problems and people haven't stopped doing it for some stupid reason.

When you actually own an OCZ and recommend a m4 - there's a reason. The m4's also received an update that significantly increased performance that added on to their already stellar performance AND well-known reliability. FW issues resolved or not - people are still having problems with them... not so much with the m4's or c300's.... just saying its not such a stupid reason to continue to push them for use especially considering there is no price difference when comparing to a dead ssd. If you're up for the challenge.. go for the OCZ Vertex 3... its fast.
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