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post #1 of 18
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Let me know what you guys think or if I should make any part changes. Our goal is to max games like D3, SC2, LoL, etc. No plans for SLI/CF or anything either.

Also we could also get the 7850 for about $70 more, do you guys think it's worth it? His budget is $800 but we're trying to keep the price as low as possible without skimping out too much. Thanks in advance!

CPU: i3-2100 – 113.00
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58339&vpn=BX80623I32100&manufacture=Intel

MB: ASUS P8H67-M – 108.00
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59325&vpn=P8H67-M%20PRO%2FCSM%20REV%203.0&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1205

GPU: Sapphire 6870 – 178.48
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64310&vpn=11179-09-20G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

Mem: Corsair 8GB-1600 – 49.97
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B&manufacture=Corsair

PSU: Seasonic S12II 520W – 49.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52173&vpn=S12II%20520&manufacture=Seasonic%20Electronics&promoid=1060

Case: Antec One – 39.99 (29.99 after MIR)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=67322&vpn=ONE&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1060

HDD: WD Blue 500GB – 67.79
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58402&vpn=WD5000AAKX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD

Total (after price match and before taxes): $607.22
Edited by Ikthus - 6/9/12 at 11:25am
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post #2 of 18
get a 2500k with a mobo. Great cpu
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post #3 of 18
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Is it worth it the extra $100 for just casual gaming and general use (photoshop, etc)? I'm loving my 2500k right now but I don't come even close to using it at it's full potential, plus he won't be doing any overclocking.
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post #4 of 18
What kind of games does he play? 2500k would IMO still be better for Photoshop (faster loading, rendering, etc.)
post #5 of 18
In my experience with my LAN groups over the years, this question has come up many times. There are some things that have already been answered:

1) You know the max spending limit ( $800.00 ).
2) You know the type(s) of end-user functionality expected (moderate gaming / casual use).

But, keep this in mind: You could build a system that is great for the "now". The now, however, only lasts "for now".

Unless You know that this friend will be changing lifestyles and will shortly no longer have an urge for any new gaming titles that will come out, You may want to consider selling the idea that while future-proofing is a useless phrase in computer-technology. If this friend can take his/her spending limit to the max at this "now", it will save the ripping off the band-aid feeling many of us feel when it comes to piecemeal-upgrading at a "later" date.

Food for thought.
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post #6 of 18
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Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, that sort of stuff. I tried to get him into BF3 but I don't think he's really interested in FPS games. I couldn't find any relevant benchmarks for how well the 6870 performs in D3 but I'm assuming it should be fine at 1080p. I know he uses Illustrator too, but would the 2500k make that big a difference when working with stuff that's not a gazillion megapixels?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i3-2120-2100_6.html

I also saw this article where it beats/matches the 955 in most of the benchmarks, so I'm thinking it should be fine. I'm wondering more about whether a jump from the 6870 to 7850 would be worth the price considering the games he's playing now and maybe a few years down the line.
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post #7 of 18
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Thanks Cloudbreaker. His dad instilled with him a very frugal attitude when it comes to spending any amount money. This is a guy who feels like it's a waste of money to use two bus tokens ($6.00 here) to go out for a movie tongue.gif

I'll see if I can convince him to spent his limit, not sure how it will go haha..
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post #8 of 18
7850 is a much better choice over the 6870. I still stand by my 2500k suggestion, but the i3-2100 will suit him quite alright.

The 2500k is more for future proofing too. Give it a couple of years and that 2100 will be obsolete in comparison to the 2500k, which will still be a nice little processor.

My two cents.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Cloudbreaker View Post

In my experience with my LAN groups over the years, this question has come up many times. There are some things that have already been answered:
1) You know the max spending limit ( $800.00 ).
2) You know the type(s) of end-user functionality expected (moderate gaming / casual use).
But, keep this in mind: You could build a system that is great for the "now". The now, however, only lasts "for now".
Unless You know that this friend will be changing lifestyles and will shortly no longer have an urge for any new gaming titles that will come out, You may want to consider selling the idea that while future-proofing is a useless phrase in computer-technology. If this friend can take his/her spending limit to the max at this "now", it will save the ripping off the band-aid feeling many of us feel when it comes to piecemeal-upgrading at a "later" date.
Food for thought.

I completely agree.

This PC is "Okay" not "Good" for now which is saying a lot. I would say it's 100% worth dishing out 200-300 dollars for a much more solid build that could last.

For example you can always add a 2nd GPU for Crossphire and more RAM.
post #10 of 18
Heres my sub $600 build that you can game with, I posted this in a differant thread about a week ago so the prices might be slightly off. I feel at your friends price point, AMD is a better choice.

Case- Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066 $59.99

HDD- Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 $79.99

Motherboard - BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138303&Tpk=BIOSTAR%20TA870U3%2b $89.99

GPU - XFX Double D FX-775A-ZDP4 Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150611 $124.99

PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026 44.99

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231325 $54.99

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113007 $99.99

CPU Cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064 $26.99

ODD SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031 17.00

Totals on newegg to $598.92

Got $850 to burn?

Replace GPU with ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121624 $349.99

Replace PSU with SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071 $69.99

Totals at $848.92 and you'll be able to play any modern day game.
Edited by Blaze0303 - 6/11/12 at 9:07pm
    
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