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Building my first PC - need some input on these parts

post #1 of 18
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This will be my first time building a pc. I have a budget of about $800. I need windows but already have a monitor, k/m. My current build would cost me about $850. So it is a little over budget but that is fine.

Power Supply - Antec hcg-520
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400
Since I am not OCing, I figured this would be a good choice.

Case - Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Windows 7
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premiu...8769497&sr=8-1

Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Ram - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231422

CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136240

I would like my build to run most games in High/Ultra settings. I also want to be able to upgrade it in the future when I get more money. My monitor is 1920x1080. Will all these parts be compatible with each other?

Would downgrading from an i5-2400 to a i3-2100 be worth it? That would let me get a 6950 2GB from Amazon. So I can get i5-2400 with the 6870 or i3-2100 with the 6950. Which would be better for gaming?

By the way, the 6950 is apparently the one that cannot have the shaders unlocked.
Edited by themasterpiece1 - 2/9/12 at 11:26am
post #2 of 18
all looks good tbh dude.

dunno if a nvidia gtx 560ti is any cheaper but would give same performance as tht 6950.
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post #3 of 18
If I were you, I'd really try to push your budget to a 2500k, a better cpu means that everything is faster.
I'd also refer to this list for graphics cards; a gtx 470 is just as powerful as a 6870/6950 and might free up that extra cash you need for the 2500k.
There's also alot to be said for buying things second hand, especially on pc-enthusiast forums like overclock; PC components dont tend to have much difference in quality between new and used as other things do. My entire PC is made out of second hand stuff (mostly) and I havent had any problems with it at all; it also looks the same as a new pc build would.
Also, Blu-Ray drives are cheap enough now to get really, so I'd reccomend one of them if you'd use that feature.

Hope this helps!
post #4 of 18
It's looking good. I would suggest you to get the 6950 over the 6870. Also i agree with Novae, it would be worth your wild to upgrade to a i5 2500k.
post #5 of 18
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Would it be better for me to go with the i5 2500k at the expense of having to go with the 6870 instead of the 6950 or the other way around? Would a i5 2500k be worth it even if I don't plan to OC? If I add the i5 2500k and stick with the 6870, will I need a better PSU?

I am looking to order these parts somewhat soon (probably a couple of days).

Thanks smile.gif
Edited by themasterpiece1 - 2/8/12 at 11:35pm
post #6 of 18
I think that since you are aiming to play games on Max settings you should keep the 6950 for sure. Since your budget is 800$ i would use the i3 and keep the 6950 rolleyes.gif

It think it's worth wild for you to try and price match some of the hardware. If you get lucky you could get both for the same budget.
Edited by Mahawka - 2/8/12 at 11:45pm
post #7 of 18
I would keep the 6950 and try to get to that 2500k. Oh yea that power supply is fine even for a 2500k and everything listed you would only be at about 350 Watts not OC'd.
post #8 of 18
As I said before, if you can stand it, go second hand - it'll save you alot of money while also allowing you to have a much better system.

Also the 2500k performs around 50% faster than the i3 in benchmarks
Its really not that much more for the extra boost you get (plus its quad core).
Edited by Novae - 2/9/12 at 12:15am
post #9 of 18
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I updated the OP with the latest parts. I am still $50 over budget which is not too bad. I upgraded the cpu to an i5-2400 but that makes me have to get the 6870 gpu. I wish I could afford the i5-2500k but it just goes too much over my budget. I would need to downgrade some component in order to afford the i5-2500k. I am looking to order the parts today so if anyone has any comments feel free to chime in.

If I have an external DVD drive would I need to buy one with the system? If I could take that part off then I will probably be able to get the i5-2500k. I wouldn't need to buy anything extra (aftermarket cooler?) if I get the i5-2500k right? I don't think I will OC but I guess in the future if I wanted to I can always have that option, so I could probably hold off buying a cpu cooler until I want to OC right?
post #10 of 18
The cooler with it should be fine because you should have really good airflow going in that case. Its really up to you if your not overclocking its kind of pointless to get it then what about a 2500 ? Newegg has it for 209.99 with a $15 promo code right now ! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073
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