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Originally Posted by finger00 View Post

8 gigs of ram will surely help. It's cheap now anyway. RAM timings don't matter much, you won't notice the difference between, say, CL7 and CL9 without any benchmarks.
From what I've heard Asus makes some of the best mobos around. As for the graphics card you can try a 560 ti as mentioned above or go for a Radeon 6950 (the refference versions can be unlocked to be similar to 6970)

the unlock is not guaranteed...go for dirt 3, toxic or TFIII for the best hope of doing this. i believe that the reference ones are laser cut now.
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Dont get that case get this one....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076

Also get this PSU $25 after rebate <3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

Then upgrade your GPU to a HD 6950 or GTX 560ti
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MOAR GRAPHICS!

Seriously, a 550 TI shouldn't be paired with a 2500k: my Phenom II X4 is a decent match for 6850s in crossfire (~ GTX 570 or 580).

Find a used 5870 or a new 6870 at the very least. A GTX 560 TI 448 like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739

Is a fantastic value proposition, although a 2500k really belongs with a 570 or 580.


EDIT: also, a better monitor for your $
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262023
Edited by brucethemoose - 1/30/12 at 2:59pm
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Originally Posted by bruflot View Post

Give me one reason. Unless he's rendering heavy stuff, I would call that 80 bucks wasted.
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Yes I am pushing my budget already, and as much as I would love to be able to just get what I really need, I am trying to cut prices down with what I have. It seems people agree that I should just stick the 2500k Thank you <3!
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Originally Posted by finger00 View Post

8 gigs of ram will surely help. It's cheap now anyway. RAM timings don't matter much, you won't notice the difference between, say, CL7 and CL9 without any benchmarks.
From what I've heard Asus makes some of the best mobos around. As for the graphics card you can try a 560 ti as mentioned above or go for a Radeon 6950 (the refference versions can be unlocked to be similar to 6970)

I shall go with 8gigs then, from what I have seen it is not expensive to step up from 4gig->8gig. I will have a look at those graphics cards with my friends, and chit chat about it with them. Usually they disagree with one another, which is good for me since I have no idea what in the world I am doing. I just go with the one of them who can justify themselves better haha. Thank you for your advice! <3
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yea absolutly no need for a 2600k, spend that extra on gfx. 4gb isnt enough for gaming, 6gb is (wont work on this platform) so 8gb is better. get a cheap gskill kit

Will do, going to stick with the 2500k, and go for 8gig ram. Thank you for your help <3
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stick with the 2500k. add 4gb for a total of 8gb of ram (try a 2x4gb kit, like this)and get a 560ti. get a cheaper case like the haf 912, and do whatever you can to not buy a hard drive. i think this will set you on a good path.

The case was one thing I was looking at as well, I am a person who likes ''pretty looking things'' which does not help my budget at all. I was going to look at other cases as well to see if I can find something ''pretty'' and cost maybe half the price as the one I have selected now. Thank you for your help <3!
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PSU same price but more watts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
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This wins....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060
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i dont know where you live but if you live in cali dont buy the monitor on newegg they charge you 8 buck for ewra but you can get it here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1164507&CatId=4420
as for case this one will be better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084
and this psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
8gb rams http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
then with the extra money get like a 460 or 560
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For a $1200 gaming PC, you really need a better video card.

Edit: also, go to the Microcenter main page and theres a drop down showing the store locations. Hopefully there is one near you, as you can save quite a bit of money on their CPU/mobo combos.
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the unlock is not guaranteed...go for dirt 3, toxic or TFIII for the best hope of doing this. i believe that the reference ones are laser cut now.

I am not sure what ''locked and unlocked'' do, guess I will have to look into that. Thanks for your input! <3
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Dont get that case get this one....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076
Also get this PSU $25 after rebate <3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060
Then upgrade your GPU to a HD 6950 or GTX 560ti

If I get that case will you sign it for me? Haha, I will add it into a notepad text file or whatever you call it so I can keep the link around when I finalize everything, and will consider the case and PSU after some discussion with friends. <3 Thanks
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Originally Posted by OC-Guru View Post

PSU same price but more watts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
smile.gif

Will have to compare everything, and when I say I will I mean my friends biggrin.gif Thank you! <3
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Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

MOAR GRAPHICS!
Serously, a 550 TI shouldn't be paired with a 2500k: my Phenom II X4 is a decent match for 6850s in crossfire (~ GTX 570 or 580).
Find a used 5870 or a new 6870 at the very least. A GTX 560 TI 448 like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739
Is a great value proposition, although a 2500k really belongs with a 570 or 580.

MORE IS BETTER! Though I have no idea what half of what you said means ^^ Thank you for your advice <3
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