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Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. Instead of an overpriced 750w unit, grab the Corsair CX430, Antec Green 430, or Rosewill Green 430. Any of those units is MORE than enough for a mid range single card setup, and they're the cheapest reliable PSU's you can buy.

Next, see if he can reuse his hard drive, as that's a bad spot to be buying right now. Find deals on laptop drives if you must, I saw a 500GB laptop drive for $60 on newegg a few days ago (new).

This should free up enough space to go for a better GPU like a 6950 2GB or the 560Ti 448c.
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Thanks guys! I think we can work with this. thumb.gif
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Here is my suggestion:

Get the Asrock Extreme 3 Gen3
2500K
Deal on a 6950.
Stick with Western Digital drives. I have had more luck with them than Seagate.
Vegenance ram 8gb
And one of the power supplies pioneer mentioned.
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I agree that a 750w unit is overkill, but I would probably still shoot for something in the 500-550w range to accommodate future growth and overclocking.
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2500k is a great CPU but...

will he/you be OCing it?

if not you could save a bit by getting the 2400

I've got a 2500k and a friend got the 2400

@ stock I'm not seeing much if any real world differences in performance (game wise)
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2500k is a great CPU but...
will he/you be OCing it?
if not you could save a bit by getting the 2400
I've got a 2500k and a friend got the 2400
@ stock I'm not seeing much if any real world differences in performance (game wise)

Good suggestion. But with the sale prices on the 2500K, it is only a slightly bump in price. I would keep the 2500K thumb.gif plus overclocking is easy biggrin.gif
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Who the hell says you need a case? tongue.gif
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How can he go for such a good system and not use an SSD? You should ask him if he can live with a 64GB SSD rather than a 1TB overpriced slow drive. Luckily I got a 2tb WD green back when they were 70$ or so. Even a 32GB SSD perhaps? I think they exist and can't be too expensive. Its enough for windows plus games plus a small 'encrypted folder'.

Seriously, the HDD will be what makes his system 'windows experience: 5.9'. And his general enjoyment of using windows quite lame.

OR lol... just use graphics internal to the i5 cpu for a month and wait for a better deal on a gpu or for a newer gen of gpu.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/16/12 at 9:31pm
post #19 of 72
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. Instead of an overpriced 750w unit, grab the Corsair CX430, Antec Green 430, or Rosewill Green 430. Any of those units is MORE than enough for a mid range single card setup, and they're the cheapest reliable PSU's you can buy.
Next, see if he can reuse his hard drive, as that's a bad spot to be buying right now. Find deals on laptop drives if you must, I saw a 500GB laptop drive for $60 on newegg a few days ago (new).
This should free up enough space to go for a better GPU like a 6950 2GB or the 560Ti 448c.

No, bad idea. Laptop hard drives are typically 5400 rpm, so performance will not be very good. They designed laptop hard drives not for speed, but for power savings while still being fast enough.
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No, bad idea. Laptop hard drives are typically 5400 rpm, so performance will not be very good. They designed laptop hard drives not for speed, but for power savings while still being fast enough.

Then his WE will be 5.4 thereabouts. Not bad for an i5 build! rolleyes.gif
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