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One more of those for friend threads, however I need Windows as well, is there still a student discount on those or no? where is the cheapest to get windows 7?

$1500 budget

parts already have
22 inch monitor
keyboard
mouse

parts needed
windows 7 and rest of computer

planned parts
i5 2500k
p8p67 asus mobo
seasonic or corsair psu 650W bronze
nzxt havik cooler
some dvd burner
8gb ram
sound card, if money left over, probably asus xonar d1 or something
maybe another monitor, depends on money left over and if there is space

undecided parts
GPU need help with this the most, needs to play BF3 on at least medium but I don't know what I can get on the budget SLI 560ti? 570? What to get?
case(decide later due to taste)

thanks for the help
   
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda View Post

One more of those for friend threads, however I need Windows as well, is there still a student discount on those or no? where is the cheapest to get windows 7?
$1500 budget
parts already have
22 inch monitor
keyboard
mouse
parts needed
windows 7 and rest of computer
planned parts
i5 2500k
p8p67 asus mobo
seasonic or corsair psu 650W bronze
nzxt havik cooler
some dvd burner
8gb ram
sound card, if money left over, probably asus xonar d1 or something
maybe another monitor, depends on money left over and if there is space
undecided parts
GPU need help with this the most, needs to play BF3 on at least medium but I don't know what I can get on the budget SLI 560ti? 570? What to get?
case(decide later due to taste)
thanks for the help

Looks good :

I would get a Z68 chipset board instead of the P67, probably an Asus P8Z68-V or V Pro depending on your budget!

What is you speaker setup, sound card is justified if you are going to use it for a good quality 5.1 or 7.1 setup, otherwise I would use the on-board audio!

GPU: I have a HD 6870 and it plays BF3 well! I would spend equal or lesser amount of money on the GPU as compared to the CPU, so I think you can pick up a EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $210 with promo code EMCNJJN24 valid till 01/16/2012; after MIR. $230 without it!

Case: I would strongly recommend the Phantom, I love it, excellent airflow and great build quality, but your call!
edit: just noticed your signature, so I assume you know this already!

Cooler: I'm sure you would be using the Hyper 212+ right biggrin.gif

Good luck, let me know how it pans out!
Edited by Dad2David - 1/10/12 at 4:16pm
 
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post #3 of 15
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i might try and get him the havik or something ~50 bucks for a mild OC, Or I might just get the Evo so I can see what its like. I will have to see what his taste is in cases but I will mention the phantom because I love mine. but my main concern is the GPU, what will play BF3 decently? does the gtx560ti play it okay?
   
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Evo is okay, but not really worth the 10$ from the plus. The 560 ti should play it okay, as my friend's 6850 plays it fine. Might not be abe to run really high settings, but it will rn alright.
Get a p8z68 board. The p8z68-v or the -v pro are good boards
You are going way under the budget with that set of components. I could fit in a h100 and maybe a 570 with the phantom in that budget.
Edited by FyreBurn - 1/10/12 at 7:20pm
post #5 of 15
Make sure it's a Gen3 board for Ivy Bridge, they cost the same as their lower counterparts now. Also I would recommend I believe it was an Corsair H60 or H80 for a cheap efficient cooling. It's really easy to setup also. Also if you're going to go for the 560ti get the MSI Twin Frozr II or III (the III if you may water cool it in the future), but for stock coolers they run amazing. I also believe the MSI ones come with 2gb vram for "future proofing".

Also the HD6950 does run most benchmarks better than the 560ti but a lot of people don't like AMD/ATI's driver support but I personally haven't had a problem with them (I haven't had the card long) so that's just some food for thought.
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Your parts list looks great, but I'd jump up to a 24" monitor even if your 22" in the same resolution. I have 1 22" monitor left in my lan and everyone complains after using 24" monitors. I regret buying them, but I already upgraded the other one I had. Anyways, look for a used/Open Box MSI or ASUS 6950 or higher or a GTX580 or higher. The warranty will make it as good as new and you can score them for anywhere between $150 to $350 ($150 for 6950 and $350 for GTX580). That's what I'd do and you're all set.
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for the price of a 6950 you can get 2 6850's in crossfire, think about that.
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post #8 of 15
6950 vs 6850 cf

Also the 6850's are about $159.99-169.99 and a single MSI Twin Frozr II is $259.99 ($249.99 AR)

I provided you with the info, the decision is up to you thumb.gif
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post #9 of 15
CPU: 2500K $220 (if you live near a MicroCenter get it there for $180)
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II 6870 1gb Cross Fire ($200 each so $400)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution $245
RAM: Ripjaws X (2 x 4gb) $25
DVD Reader/Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
PSU: Corsair 650w $120
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D $90
Cooler: Corsair H60 $65
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB $130
SSD: Crucial M4 64gb $107
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $100

+$60 in Mail in Rebates

Total: $1372

so you have $128 for your case and what ever else you want like:

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D $90
Edited by UltraHoboLord - 1/10/12 at 8:08pm
post #10 of 15
Here's the build that I put together for a friend of mine. We're doing it this week or next.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112304
Mainboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402
ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
CPU Cooling: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Cooling-Hydro--High-Performance-CWCH60/dp/B004MYFOE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326244941&sr=8-1
Case Fans: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185065
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
TOTAL: $1461.61

This should more than satisfy your needs, as well.
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