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  • Intel i5 2500K CPU
  • Sapphire HD6950 2GB or 6850 1GB
  • MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
  • Kingston 4GB 1333Mhz RAM
  • WD Scorpio Blue/Black 320GB
  • NZXT Lexa-S
  • SilverStone 500W PSU

How is this budget gaming build? Are all the parts compatible with each other, and how would it perform?
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I would swap the mobo for a Asus P8P67 pro but that's just me smile.gif Your golden.
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The components are Ok, but I won't take a 6850 at this point unless you want to crossfire it. I would get other ram like mushkin, patriot or g-skill with 1600Mhz speed and better timings.
Don't know the price of the Lexa S there but here it was pretty expensive compared what it offered (in my opinion). I would get a CM 690 II for that price or even a Lancool PC-K60.
Also I dislike MSI boards and would get an Asus

Surely you can get better price for a 500Gb or 1TB hdd? Here the 320gb are more expensive per gigabyte than the 1TB.

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post #4 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Armand;12751986 
I would swap the mobo for a Asus P8P67 pro but that's just me smile.gif Your golden.

Unfortunately they don't have the Asus P8P67 Pro here... :| I was planning on getting a Gigabyte P67 board but it turned out to be ridiculously overpriced at $285.

I don't plan to crossfire though, so would the MSI be fine? (What's the difference between the MSI P67A-C43 B3 and the Asus P8P67?)
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Originally Posted by jak3z;12751998 
The components are Ok, but I won't take a 6850 at this point unless you want to crossfire it. I would get other ram like mushkin, patriot or g-skill with 1600Mhz speed and better timings.
Don't know the price of the Lexa S there but here it was pretty expensive compared what it offered (in my opinion). I would get a CM 690 II for that price or even a Lancool PC-K60.
Also I dislike MSI boards and would get an Asus

Surely you can get better price for a 500Gb or 1TB hdd? Here the 320gb are more expensive per gigabyte than the 1TB.

Actually I found out that an upgrade to the 500GB was $3, so I will be getting the WD Caviar Blue 500GB.

The Lexa-S case is ~$70... Would that be considered expensive? (Actually I've checked NewEgg and it seems that it is $70 in the US too. What would be the difference between the CM 690 II and the Lexa-S? Isn't the CM 690 II more costly?)

About the graphics card: Would the 6950 be better than? I've asked some people and they said that the 6850 would do well on a 1440 x 900 monitor.
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Also, should I worry about the quality of MSI's motherboards? --> http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/911584-here-why-i-absolutely-hate-msi.html

It's rather unsettling, seeing a post like that. I don't really want to switch my motherboard out after building it.
post #6 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by silentmemories;12751981 
  • Intel i5 2500K CPU
  • Sapphire HD6950 2GB or 6850 1GB
  • MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
  • Kingston 4GB 1333Mhz RAM
  • WD Scorpio Blue/Black 320GB
  • NZXT Lexa-S
  • SilverStone 500W PSU

How is this budget gaming build? Are all the parts compatible with each other, and how would it perform?

The power supply won't leave you any upgrade room and is pushing it for a 6950.

That motherboard is absolute garbage. The C43 is the cheapest model MSI offers. If you have to buy MSI try to at least get the GD55.
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post #7 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cory1234;12752889 
The power supply won't leave you any upgrade room and is pushing it for a 6950.

That motherboard is absolute garbage. The C43 is the cheapest model MSI offers. If you have to buy MSI try to at least get the GD55.

For the power supply, how much watts should I get?

Is the difference between the P67A-GD55 and the C43 only the extra GPU slot? (I don't plan to Crossfire)
post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by silentmemories;12753186 
For the power supply, how much watts should I get?

Is the difference between the P67A-GD55 and the C43 only the extra GPU slot? (I don't plan to Crossfire)

http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&prod_no=2071

http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=&cat3_no=&prod_no=2075

No heatsinks on the north bridge of the c43, and I'm going to assume it has barely any VRM's. (Doesn't state how many.)

600W should be enough, but if you want to crossfire down the line your going to want 800W.
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post #9 of 25
No, there're big differences between the C43 and the GD55:

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Less phases: Worse stability when overclocking and easier to fry the board.
No MOSFET heatsink: Overclocking the CPU will make the MOSFET's heat up a lot more.
No SLI or Crossfire.
No on-board buttons.

Besides that, the C43 doesn't have the voltage measuring options, but that'll probably go unused on the GD55 anyway.


And BTW, the people you've been talking to are right, an HD 6950 is probably overkill for a 1440x900 monitor.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/16/11 at 8:01am
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post #10 of 25
P67A-GD53 has better VRM. May or may not help with overclocking.

At least go with P67A-C45 instead of the C43.

For a comparison, check out: http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/916189-official-intel-p67-sandy-bridge-motherboard.html
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