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Hey
I'm working on buying my new gaming PC. I've never had one before so I'm pretty new to this. I got a few friends helping me, but I'd like to have some input here.
I play League of Legends atm, but I want to be able to play other games like Call of Duty and MMORPG's. I don't need full graphics and my budget is around 1500 usd. Note that I live in Norway and things cost much more there. I am thinking about buying an ATI card from the 6000 series (6870?) and one of the new Sandy Bridge's but I'm not sure if I need it. I have no real plans of Overclocking either, but I've been told this is a good place to ask anyhow. My friend insists that I need a SSD so I guess that's good too. He told me the Intel 80 GB SSD's are good.

Thanks for helping!
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Hey mate, welcome to the forum.

The games you want to play aren't very demanding, but there's no harm in buying something better. An SSD is essential in a new rig and the Intel 80GB is a very good drive. I have an X25M 80GB since 1.5 years ago and it was the best upgrade I ever bought. Now there may be better options like the 90GB Corsair SSD, or 120GB Vertex 2.
In my opinion a Sandy Bridge isn't needed, but you have a huge budget, so I guess you can fit one in. Good options for gaming processors are the SB i5 2300 (not for OCing) or the i5 2500K if you ever decide to OC. Motherboards based on P67 can be found around 150€ in mainland Europe, in Norway probably for the equivalent of 200€ (I've seen you have huge import taxes). Cheaper alternatives that will do well in all those games would be various Phenom II X4 or X6.
About the graphics card the following are good options around 250€, in no particular order: 6950 1GB, GTX 560 Ti, 6870 1GB, GTX 470, 5870, 5850. Any of these would play any game at highest details up to 1900x1200.
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Thanks! +rep
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For your gpu definitely wait just a bit for the 1gb 6970 @ 279.99 usd which is a little bit more than the 6870 is now.

As far as the ssd unless you are playing an MMO a small ssd for your boot drive ala os and programs is fine then have a good mechanical hd like an f3 or f4 spinpoint with a 200-300gb partition for your games then use the rest for storage. Honestly though an ssd is more of a luxury item and you can save money by not getting one quite yet since their prices are still quite high.

As far as a CPU i would go 2500k with a decent p67 board
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
An SSD is essential in a new rig
An SSD? Yeah, I don't think you know what 'essential' means.

@OP, if you're looking into buying a SB proc strictly for gaming, the i5 2500K is a perfect match. Even though you say you don't want to OC, the K is a better investment imo since it gives you the option later on if you want to extend your rig's lifespan, not to mention it will resell for a higher value.

Some benches for reference!
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Here's a build off Newegg.com, I left it $200 less ($1300) for the price differences in your country. I assumed you are starting completely from scratch, so I included Windows 7, a monitor and keyboard and mouse. If you already have those things (or some of them) you can get a few better upgrades.




Changes (if you have more money or whatnot) in order of most important:

Graphics Card: Asus GTX 570 +$120

Motherboard: Gigabyte P67 UD4 +$80

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 80GB +$170
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An SSD? Yeah, I don't think you know what 'essential' means.
...when one disposes of a 1500$ budget 150$ for a quality SSD isn't that much. Example: 200$ for a 2500K, 150$ for a board, 100$ for RAM, 100$ a 2TB HDD for storage, 80$ PSU, 100$ case, 250$ for an IPS monitor and it is still below 1000$. An SSD improves boot time, games/level loading and exit times, reduces rig noise, faster Alt+Tab, etc.
For that kind of a budget an SSD is essential.
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An SSD improves boot time, games/level loading and exit times, reduces rig noise, faster Alt+Tab, etc.
For that kind of a budget an SSD is essential.


Ok, apparently you actually don't understand what essential means.
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SSD is essential, IMO. The difference is pretty massive. Not using an SSD, is like buying a $500 video card and then using it with a Pentium 3 cpu.

http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/high_end_drives.html
3.5 inch Vertex 2/Agility 2, C300, and the g.skill sandforce based one near the top are the best SSDs out right now.
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