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So, dump the 460 and get a heavier GPU? Alright. That means I don't need to fork out extra bucks for an SLI motherboard.
Thanks for the input everyone, I think I will go with the i3 build and just get a new GPU biggrin.gif
    
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Actually, there is an i5-750 on TradeMe for about $170...
Is it worth going socket 1156 if I don't plan to upgrade at all?

EDIT: There's also an i5-2500 (non-unlocked)
RE-EDIT: The i3-2120 for $135 is a "qualification sample". Is that a bad thing?
Edited by TheLastNarwal - 11/10/12 at 3:55pm
    
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Actually, there is an i5-750 on TradeMe for about $170...
Is it worth going socket 1156 if I don't plan to upgrade at all?
EDIT: There's also an i5-2500 (non-unlocked)
RE-EDIT: The i3-2120 for $135 is a "qualification sample". Is that a bad thing?

I think if you want to save money just get the i5-2500k (unlocked version) and buy the GA-Z68AP-D3, if you have enough room in your budget to spend for it. I can't comment on the board myself though, I don't have it.

Board: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3897#ov
Review: http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_ga_z68ap_d3_review,1.html
post #14 of 35
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I think if you want to save money just get the i5-2500k (unlocked version)

I would have bought an i5-2500k LONG ago if we could get them here. They aren't even for sale used on TradeMe or any of those eBay-like New Zealand sites.
I was gonna get one from Newegg, but the 3rd party shipping companies here charge fortunes for shipping electronics, even things like small CPU boxes.... so it'd end up costing like, $350 NZD
    
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Now the next question is - What GPU do I get? I can probably sell my current GTX 460 for about $140 NZD, and 7850s are $300 NZD new. Should I just go for the 7850?

Also was looking at 560 Ti cards. Better idea than the 7850? What GPU would I need to bottleneck the i3?
Edited by TheLastNarwal - 11/10/12 at 10:26pm
    
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Now the next question is - What GPU do I get? I can probably sell my current GTX 460 for about $140 NZD, and 7850s are $300 NZD new. Should I just go for the 7850?
Also was looking at 560 Ti cards. Better idea than the 7850? What GPU would I need to bottleneck the i3?

How much money are you going to spend for the entire computer (NZD) not including the monitor and other peripherals.
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How much money are you going to spend for the entire computer (NZD) not including the monitor and other peripherals.

Well basically I'm just going to buy as I go. I'm a high school student with a part time job, so money comes - gradually.
I already bought the i3-2120 today ($140 NZD), I've spotted a nice mATX motherboard($118), I'm going to get cheap RAM($40) for now, I already have an adequate PSU, a hard drive (only 160GB but I can hold out until I can afford an SSD + new HDD) and lastly I have an optical DVD-RW drive, so we're all clear in the hardware department.

As for the GPU, if I sell my GTX 460 I could get about $145 for it, then buy a GTX 560 Ti for about $280-300.

As for peripherals/monitor, I'll use what I have in my sigrig until I bother buying a DeathAdder, since I like this keyboard, and I have a 20" LCD monitor which I love to bits biggrin.gif


So yeah, I'm not buying at all at once per say. I'm just upgrading parts basically, although the upgrade is MASSIVE (check my sigrig lachen.gif)
Let's just say after I've built it all, I'll spend another say, $150 on a new GPU (after the sale of my 460) so we have about $300 NZD to work with here.
    
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post #18 of 35
Honestly, I'm not sure it's worth spending that much just to get to a 560 Ti. I'd spend the $300 on a 7850 instead. Can you stretch the budget to a 7870 in the $350 range? That'll kill a 560 Ti.

Powercoler PCS+ HD 7850 $299

Powercoler PCS+ HD 7870 $349

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7870_PCS_Plus_Vortex_II/27.html
Edited by Forceman - 11/10/12 at 11:11pm
post #19 of 35
Don't go any lower than a 7850.
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Honestly, I'm not sure it's worth spending that much just to get to a 560 Ti. I'd spend the $300 on a 7850 instead. Can you stretch the budget to a 7870 in the $350 range? That'll kill a 560 Ti.
Powercoler PCS+ HD 7850 $299
Powercoler PCS+ HD 7870 $349
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7870_PCS_Plus_Vortex_II/27.html

Alright, I can probably get the 7970. Will the performance difference really be worth $50 with the i3-2120 though? Where does the i3 bottleneck? Especially in a game like BF3's multiplayer, where 4 cores is best.

What I mean by will the performance difference be worth it is, will I really feel it?
Edited by TheLastNarwal - 11/10/12 at 11:26pm
    
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