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3. that rig would be pushing that 430W to its limit.

I don't think so in real life.

i3-65w.
7850 or 7870~150

I run a i3 and a GTX 460, and I can't pull more than ~280 watts out of the wall, and these new graphic cards are more efficient too. (Just a little.)

This is what I would build.

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.47 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $754.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-06 16:08 EDT-0400)

It is a tad overbudget, but it would be worth it.

Power consumption (for the whole build)

500


500


Keep in mind, OCCT pulls just about the most power you can ever pull out of a computer.
Edited by raptorxrx - 4/6/12 at 1:13pm
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158 View Post

i just laid out a base build as something you could work from. you choose what you want thumb.gif i was just giving you an idea wink.gif
he would have to cut something else to stay within that $700 budget. i already trimmed that as much as i could while still showing a decent system.

In that case, the system suggested by nemesis is your best bet. Its the best you can get for $700. However, if you can increase your budget a little, you can have a much better system. Save for a few months and then go for ivy bridge and new gen graphics cards if its not urgent. smile.gif
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3. that rig would be pushing that 430W to its limit.
I don't think so in real life.
i3-65w.
7850 or 7870~150
I run a i3 and a GTX 460, and I can't pull more than ~280 watts out of the wall, and these new graphic cards are more efficient too.
This is what I would build.
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.47 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 430W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $754.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-06 16:08 EDT-0400)
It is a tad overbudget, but it would be worth it.

I *think* you need to include windows. Atleast that is what I got from the OP.
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I'm leaving everything out of the equation except for the computer, which is starting from scratch. frown.gif
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I think I've got this figured out. You'll have to let me know if there are any flaws in this. Let's hope I'm not bottlenecking! thumb.gif
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. biggrin.gif

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6x27
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3. that rig would be pushing that 430W to its limit.
I don't think so in real life.
i3-65w.
7850 or 7870~150
I run a i3 and a GTX 460, and I can't pull more than ~280 watts out of the wall, and these new graphic cards are more efficient too. (Just a little.)
Keep in mind, OCCT pulls just about the most power you can ever pull out of a computer.

i meant limit in terms that you coulnd put more on it, like a 2500k and a better graphics card.
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I think I've got this figured out. You'll have to let me know if there are any flaws in this. Let's hope I'm not bottlenecking! thumb.gif
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. biggrin.gif
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6x27

looks good but dont forget the RAM thumb.gif
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I think I've got this figured out. You'll have to let me know if there are any flaws in this. Let's hope I'm not bottlenecking! thumb.gif
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. biggrin.gif
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6x27

Don't get a 550 Ti, its not that great of a card. Grab a 7750 or a 7770. Personally, I couldn't deal with anything less than a 7850 rolleyes.gif

And im telling you, you are either better off grabbing a 2500K now OR grabbing an i3 + H61 board now and replacing both later. Grabbing a i5-2400 and then replacing it later with a 2500K is a HUGE waste. Or if you have no plan on getting a 2500K, grab an H61 board since the i5-2400 cannot be overclocked.
Edited by Ironman517 - 4/6/12 at 5:02pm
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Don't get a 550 Ti, its not that great of a card. Grab a 7750 or a 7770. Personally, I couldn't deal with anything less than a 7850 rolleyes.gif

he said in the OP he doesnt need to be maxing any games. he just needs something he can play on thats better then what hes got now. the 550 ti fits his budget.
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he said in the OP he doesnt need to be maxing any games. he just needs something he can play on thats better then what hes got now. the 550 ti fits his budget.

If he doesnt care about maxing games, he shouldnt be getting an i5. that processor isnt going to see more than like 20% usage with that GPU xD

EDIT:

Think about it. You are not only wasting
i3 scenario
If you spend ~$115 on an i3-2100, ~$55 on a mobo, when you want to upgrade you will be down ~$170
Total: $170
Amount wasted: $170

i5-2400 scenario
You spend ~$180 on an i5-2400, get a good board you are going to keep($115). And now you are now down ~$180 when you want to upgrade.
Total: $295
Amount wasted:$180

Now, take in consideration this:
You get an i3 and mobo for a total of $170. Now you have ~$125 more to spend on the rest of your rig. Or you can save it for the i5-2500K upgrade and still be wasting less money. So with the i3, you will potentially open up a better gaming experience. Or a sooner opportunity to upgrade to an i5-2500K
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that's if you don't sell your parts to get money back from them.
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that's if you don't sell your parts to get money back from them.

You will have a much easier time selling an i3 with a mobo than an i5-2400 alone. Either way, an i3 + mobo combo has about the same resale value as an i5-2400.
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