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Hello everyone,

I'm back again with a new thread as my last one didn't get much attention. And I've, since then, been able to get more funds.
Old thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1220072/new-budget-gaming-pc-700/0_50#post_16617115

Long story short; I sold my PC and I'm looking for a new one.

This machine will be used for gaming, rendering and maybe some editing on the side.
Most games I'll be playing won't be too graphic intensive. If I do decide to play some more intensive games I'm more than fine to take a step back on the settings.

I used an SSD in my old build & I'm not sure if I really need it. Most of my programs where installed on a secondary HDD anyway, the only time I really used the ssd was when booting.

This is what i'm currently looking at:
(I have made it link to newegg so it's easier to understand what I'm talking about, the prices are from the shop I'll be buying from)

Case: Enermax fulmo Advanced (I really like this case) - €100
Motherboard: Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 - €120
Processor: Intel i5 2500k - €195
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz CL9 @ 1.35v - €50
Graphics card: XFX HD6850 1GB - €125
Powersupply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - €55
Hard Drive: Wester Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX - €120
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Already have this one from old rig.
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - €30

Newegg doesn't carry the XFX 6850 & ModXstream Pro that I'm talking about, here are the links to the shop that I'm buying from:
http://azerty.nl/0-2963-338878/xfx-radeon-hd-6850-.html
http://azerty.nl/0-1073-90496/ocz-modxstream-pro-.html

Total: €795
Budget is about €800ish, give or take.

I've also been thinking about some other options I should consider to keep the price down.

I was thinking about switching the Extreme3 Gen3 to a Pro3 Gen3. I don't actually know the difference between them. Any information about this?

Another thing I can do is switch the case. I really like the Fulmo Advance, but it comes with a €100 price tag which seems alot compared to my total budget.
Switching to something like a Bitfenix shinobi, NZXT Source 210, Corsair R300 could save me €50, €60 & €35 respectively.
The shop also has a Refurbished Fractal R3 for €55 & a Cooler Master 912 for €50 but I'm not sure if I want to jump on either of them right now.


I'm stuck at the moment. I'd really apreciate any help that I could get.
Edited by Analog - 3/14/12 at 10:18am
post #2 of 8
I would suggest asus as the motherboard.Good choice on the memory.
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Having owned the CM HAF 922 and 932 I believe myself to quite an advocate for them so to speak lol

I have had nothing but positive experiences with that entire series. The HAF series is true to its name and provides an insane amount of air flow. That also equates to decent amount of dust. I clean my fans out with compressed air about every other day (OCD lulz) and clean the entire case about once a month. The only bad thing about the 922 is that the inside is not painted, but that's just from my point of view, others may enjoy the silver color. For less than your current choice on case you can get a HAF 922 and a optical drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224

The R3 does look great, but I can't tell you anything else about it as I have never used it.

As far as a heat sink I would suggest the 212 EVO over the 212+ as the EVO has the continuous copper base plate conductivity. Check out the vid about half way down on this link for a comparison on the two base plates. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Best of luck with your built biggrin.gif
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The build looks good to me. You're under your stated budget, so...

The mobos seem virtually the same except for the Pro only having one PCIe16 slot and the extreme has 2. If you don't plan on running crossfire or SLI, the Pro should suit your needs just fine. I don't know how that translates into savings for you at your shop, but its a $25 difference on Newegg.

Do you plan on overclocking? Being as you are going with the 2500K, I assume you are. If not, you could forego the cooler, use the stock heatsink, and get a 2500 or a 2400. Probably not, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

The case is personal preference really. That comes down to how much money you want to save.

Why are you stuck? It looks like a good build that fits your budget.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nebacanezer View Post

Having owned the CM HAF 922 and 932 I believe myself to quite an advocate for them so to speak lol
I have had nothing but positive experiences with that entire series. The HAF series is true to its name and provides an insane amount of air flow. That also equates to decent amount of dust. I clean my fans out with compressed air about every other day (OCD lulz) and clean the entire case about once a month. The only bad thing about the 922 is that the inside is not painted, but that's just from my point of view, others may enjoy the silver color. For less than your current choice on case you can get a HAF 922 and a optical drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224
The R3 does look great, but I can't tell you anything else about it as I have never used it.
As far as a heat sink I would suggest the 212 EVO over the 212+ as the EVO has the continuous copper base plate conductivity. Check out the vid about half way down on this link for a comparison on the two base plates. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Best of luck with your built biggrin.gif

The thing is, I don't really like the look of any of the HAF Serie cases.
And I don't really need an optical drive. The only time I used it on my previous PC was to install windows because I didn't have it on a USB stick at the time.

The 212 I'm looking at is the EVO version. I see I put the wrong name, but it does link to the right one.
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Originally Posted by Lou3824 View Post

The build looks good to me. You're under your stated budget, so...
The mobos seem virtually the same except for the Pro only having one PCIe16 slot and the extreme has 2. If you don't plan on running crossfire or SLI, the Pro should suit your needs just fine. I don't know how that translates into savings for you at your shop, but its a $25 difference on Newegg.
Do you plan on overclocking? Being as you are going with the 2500K, I assume you are. If not, you could forego the cooler, use the stock heatsink, and get a 2500 or a 2400. Probably not, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
The case is personal preference really. That comes down to how much money you want to save.
Why are you stuck? It looks like a good build that fits your budget.

The Asrock PRO3 Gen3 is €35 cheaper where I am.
And yes, I will obviously, or atleast try to, overclock the CPU. Else I wouldn't have gone with an unlocked processor and an aftermarket heatsink.

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Originally Posted by Fishinfan View Post

I would suggest asus as the motherboard.Good choice on the memory.

Asus what? That didn't even help in the slightest.
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Asus what? That didn't even help in the slightest.[/quote]


I guess I forgot the link. Here ya go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131773
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Originally Posted by Fishinfan View Post

I guess I forgot the link. Here ya go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131773

To be honest.. The extreme3 seems like a far better choise to me.
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I own the motherboard, but i suggest you pick a different case with no usb3 header needed for the connector, or if you stick with the e3g3 get a converter for it, fyi tongue.gif
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