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post #11 of 22
I would save some money by bumping the power supply down to a ~450watt unit, motherboard and cpu are great however if he isn't going to do anything but play MMO's an entry level 2400 or even i3 2120 would suffice meaning you can bump the motherboard down to a good $80 one as well. After those few downgrades I would try to squeeze a slightly higher graphics card out of the budget. Perhaps a 560 or previous gen 470, if you don't mind going AMD then a 6850 would be nice.
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how about this http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-877023-_-04032012_1

with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 its 135 after rebates
     
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You could get a xfx 550w or a cx500 instead for PSU and use the money to get a 6870.

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2500K is not a staple for gaming. 2500K is a staple for enthusiasts/those with money to spare. You've got a cracking CPU paired with a mediocre GPU, considering this is a budget gaming build that is a major error.

For future reference the Motherboard and PSU are the most important and that's where money should be spent. Anything after this changes with priorities, e.g. a gaming build = GPU first then CPU, a photo/video editing machine = CPU+RAM then GPU.

The PSU is a little too much for what you're intending to use it for. I would bump it down to a decent 500W.

Antec 300 isn't really worth that much, better cases can be found for the same or similar cases can be found for cheaper. If you can get it for ~$40 it's not too bad.

Suggestions

- Get a i5 2300, no need for an aftermarket cooler, savings can then be put in to a 560 Ti. Or stick with a 550, this alone will bring the rig much closer to $700.

- Drop the 650TX for something along the lines of a XFX 550W or something decent.

- Keep the 8GB RAM unless you're really pushed for a few dollars.
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post #15 of 22
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My friend is looking to upgrade from his laptop because it gets disgusting FPS in SWTOR so I told him I'd look into it. His price range was 600-700. I made a build on newegg and although the total was 700, after taxes and S&H it comes out to 800. Maybe someone can give me some advice to knock off a few bucks or advise me on some better components. Thanks in advance.
CPU: Intel i5-2500k $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Cooler: The standard Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
Video Card: EVGA GTX 550 Ti $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 $122 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
(Note: I was gonna go with the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP but some reviews I read said it had compatibility issues with the GTX 550 for some strange reason)
HDD: He's already got a 7200rpm hard drive I'm gonna use
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws series 8GB $47 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
PSU: Corsair TX650 $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
All for a grand total of $704

1)cooler=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214023&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-CPU+Cooling-_-Enermax-_-35214023
2)video card= http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161379 Comparable to what you have..cheaper..
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969 new tech
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131397 Step up to 256-bit bus
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127548R also 256-bit bus..Guess those 5830s sold out

3)RAM This RAM is good ..Will do whatever your cpu/chipset will allow..at decent timings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147096

4)PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200 This is all he'd really need..Save some $$ there..
Maybe go cheaper on case,too..then break yourself and get a 2gb 6850?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102959

Only comparable mobo would be tz68K+ @ that price point..or used here:
http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1263
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post #16 of 22
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2500K is not a staple for gaming. 2500K is a staple for enthusiasts/those with money to spare. You've got a cracking CPU paired with a mediocre GPU, considering this is a budget gaming build that is a major error.
For future reference the Motherboard and PSU are the most important and that's where money should be spent. Anything after this changes with priorities, e.g. a gaming build = GPU first then CPU, a photo/video editing machine = CPU+RAM then GPU.
The PSU is a little too much for what you're intending to use it for. I would bump it down to a decent 500W.
Antec 300 isn't really worth that much, better cases can be found for the same or similar cases can be found for cheaper. If you can get it for ~$40 it's not too bad.
Suggestions
- Get a i5 2300, no need for an aftermarket cooler, savings can then be put in to a 560 Ti. Or stick with a 550, this alone will bring the rig much closer to $700.
- Drop the 650TX for something along the lines of a XFX 550W or something decent.
- Keep the 8GB RAM unless you're really pushed for a few dollars.

^ This is dead on. Go with the low end i5, stock cooler, downgrade PSU to something like this, and go with the best card you cat get with the rest of the budget.

Remember, a quality 500 watt power supply will power ANY single processor combined with ANY single GPU with room to spare.
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IMO I would get a lesser CPU and a better GPU.

i5-2500K + 7850 build
Part list permalink i5-2500k build (Click to show)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $693.06
Over budget and 4GB of RAM

i5-2300 + 7850 build
Part list permalink i5-2300 build (Click to show)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $640.19
Under budget and a better GPU

i3-2100 + 7870 build
Part list permalink i3-2100 build (Click to show)
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.26 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $615.20
under budget and an even better GPU


Both of the last two builds have the option to include 8GB and still be under budget. The prices are listed using microcenter prices as well, click the permalink and the microcenter values should go away.
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Thread Starter 
Wow I was worried this thread had died lol. Thanks for all the advice guys. I guess my conclusion about the CPU just comes from my old school ideology where the CPU was more important than the GPU. I've never really done a budget build so I'm glad you guys could clear that up. I'll go over the build with him in a couple days and definitely consider bumping down to a i5 2300 and bumping some other stuff too to invest in a higher end GPU. I only selected the 550 Ti because it was cheap and the reviews I read said it ran SWTOR with pretty much high settings. Plus I was also thinking about the future for this build. In a few years when he wants to play something more graphic intensive he'll just have to buy a better video card cause his processor will still be haulin ass and his PSU will be able to power it.
Edited by Iscaria - 4/4/12 at 9:46am
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Okay so based off your suggestions here's what I've got for a finalized build:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99
DVD: Asus DVD Burner - $19.99
Mobo: ASRock P67 Pro3 - $99.99
Video: XFX 6870 Double D - $169.99
PSU: Rosewill RG530 - $49.99
CPU: Intel Core i5 - 2300 - $179.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB - $46.99

For a grand total of $617 and $671 after taxes and S&H. Let me know if you guys have any last minute suggestions before I hit checkout. Thanks.
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