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Hey OCN,

I haven't really been paying attention to the hardware market lately, so I think you guys can do a MUCH better job than I could.

I am posting for a friend that is interested in building a computer for gaming. At the moment he is playing Starcraft 2 and Skyrim, which he wants to run at high settings. The only thing he has is a monitor and a copy of windows 7.

He didn't list any other preferences as well. I posted this in Intel, but it can be an AMD rig too.

I will try to convince him to get an account here so he can answer stuff as well. Take note that he is new to building computers, so being as specific as possible will help the most smile.gif

Thanks,
Big Al
Edited by bigal1542 - 1/6/12 at 1:39am
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post #2 of 18
Do we know what resolution he'll be playing at? Makes a huge difference when choosing a GPU smile.gif


Here's what I came up with real quick (I chose an HD6870, I am almost exclusively NVidia but the 6870 is quite a bit better for basically the same price):

Case: NZXT Source 210 Good cheap case, many alternatives

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Very solid board from a company that's gained a lot of respect in recent years.

CPU: 2500k Pretty much speaks for itself

Memory: 8GB GSkill Ripjaws X I have this kit, good price and works great.

GPU: HD6870 Great performance for the money.

PSU: 620W Seasonic Solid brand with plenty of power for this system.

HDD: 500GB WD Caviar Black Couldn't really decide on this as hard drive prices are ridiculous. There are many options around this price point.

ODD: Lite-ON ODD Not much to say about this one...

HSF: Hyper 212 Plus Great little HSF, quiet and inexpensive too.

Total comes to ~$855 before tax and shipping, there's a rebate on the GPU for $20 and I believe NEWCUSTOMER10 is still working for 10% off, so this should be able to be had within his budget. Also sign up for the free trial of shoprunner for free 2-day shipping on most of the parts! Hope it helps biggrin.gif
Edited by BigHops323 - 1/6/12 at 7:09am
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post #3 of 18
Pick a i5 2500k first and then nothing can go wrong since both games do rely on cpu more than on gpu

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for $850..2500k + Ocing board+6950 2Gb should be possible..may have to yard sale for mouse/kb though :lachen.gif:
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The build bighops listed looks good.

Just wanted to add that a 2GB 6950 should be doable just by getting a good deal on the GPU and HDD.

1TBs have been selling around $100 for a while now (and even less during the holiday sales)
If you can avoid it, I'd recommend getting an SSD (especially if you already have storage)

Also, Corsair's TX series power supplies are OEM Seasonics and are more likely to be on sale. a TX650 v2 should be enough to power a single card.
 
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post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by SpiritGear View Post

The build bighops listed looks good.
Just wanted to add that a 2GB 6950 should be doable just by getting a good deal on the GPU and HDD.
1TBs have been selling around $100 for a while now (and even less during the holiday sales)
If you can avoid it, I'd recommend getting an SSD (especially if you already have storage)
Also, Corsair's TX series power supplies are OEM Seasonics and are more likely to be on sale. a TX650 v2 should be enough to power a single card.

Agreed step up to a 6950 since he primarily games, you can find decent deals on HDD and PSU's.
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Hey guys, I'm friend building the computer. Thanks a ton for your help, and the 10% off and free shipping tips. I'll probably go with pretty much the build you suggested.

Well, I had a few questions, then when I checked back here, you guys had answered most.

A couple other things I was wondering:

For cases (not the most important part) , is there anything I need to specifically look out for that would make any of the parts not fit?

Also, what is the difference between the 2gb 6850 and 6950?
I see the specs difference with a faster memory clock, etc. but is it the 2gb memory space that's the most important, or the clock speed/etc. ?

Thanks again,
Edited by Compy386 - 1/6/12 at 12:40pm
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Originally Posted by Compy386 View Post

Hey guys, I'm friend building the computer. Thanks a ton for your help, and the 10% off and free shipping tips. I'll probably go with pretty much the build you suggested.
Well, I had a few questions, then when I checked back here, you guys had answered most.
A couple other things I was wondering:
For cases (not the most important part) , is there anything I need to specifically look out for that would make any of the parts not fit?
Also, what is the difference between the 2gb 6850 and 6950?
I see the specs difference with a faster memory clock, etc. but is it the 2gb memory space that's the most important, or the clock speed/etc. ?
Thanks again,

Nice to see you on here tongue.gif

For the question about cases, where you just want to have enough airflow. and room for your components. Most of the time you won't have to worry about space. The only times you need to worry if you're getting some special motherboard, super high end and huge graphics cards, or some other odd parts. For airflow, just read the reviews and they will help you with that aspect.

As for the graphics cards, the 6950 is a little better. You're going to get more memory (2GB vs 1GB). I may be wrong here, so I'd like someone else with current knowledge to comment.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Compy386 View Post

Hey guys, I'm friend building the computer. Thanks a ton for your help, and the 10% off and free shipping tips. I'll probably go with pretty much the build you suggested.
Well, I had a few questions, then when I checked back here, you guys had answered most.
A couple other things I was wondering:
For cases (not the most important part) , is there anything I need to specifically look out for that would make any of the parts not fit?
Also, what is the difference between the 2gb 6850 and 6950?
I see the specs difference with a faster memory clock, etc. but is it the 2gb memory space that's the most important, or the clock speed/etc. ?
Thanks again,

It is the steam processors that are the most important I would get a used 2GB 6950 myself the monitor is 1080p right?
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RAM and clock speed are both important. But as long as you have enough ram for the settings/resolution you use, adding more won't increase your performance.

Clock speed is a little more important and you'll see better performance scaling there. It'll cost you though.
 
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