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My friend is finally transitioning over to 1155 from his old 775 setup. I don't know much about 1155 so I was hoping you guys could help me out. He has a budget of $750-$800.

- Very adamant on getting Intel. He has some personal issues with AMD or something.
- No aftermarket cooling is needed because he doesn't know much about computers.
- No SSD required
- Graphics do not have to be stellar. He just wants to play Starcraft 2.
- Case = More LEDs the better...
- NO OS needed.
I hope you guys can get together a good build for him. Thanks
 

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Processor: 2600k
Price: $200 (MicroCenter bundle savings w/ motherboard)

Motherboard: P8Z68-V
Price: $170 (MicroCenter)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Price: $50-$60 (Newegg)

Hard Drive: 1TB Samsung F3 or 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Price: $50 (Staples deal or NCIX-US)

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer or Cooler Master 922
Price: $80 (Newegg)

Cooler: Hyper 212+ (allows for EASY overclock to 4.45Ghz via 1-click BIOS button)
Price: 25$ (Newegg)

Graphics Card: AMD HD6850 or 6870
Price: $160 or $180 (respectively - and could be had for less with deals)

Total: ~$740

Check Slickdeals for better prices, but those are usually what they're at.

Also, you might not even really need the GFX card... the HD3000, which is built in to the 2600k, is not so bad and might be able to play StarCraft at high settings.
 

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Originally Posted by Hybridx24
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Processor: 2600k
Price: $200 (MicroCenter bundle savings w/ motherboard)

Motherboard: P8Z68-V
Price: $170 (Microcenter)

Hard Drive: 1TB Samsung F3 or 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Price: $50 (Staples deal or NCIX-US)

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer or Cooler Master 922
Price: $80 (Newegg)

Cooler: Hyper 212+ (allows for EASY overclock to 4.45Ghz via 1-click BIOS button)
Price: 25$ (Newegg)

Graphics Card: AMD HD6850 or 6870
Price: $160 or $180 (respectively - and could be had for less with deals)

Check Slickdeals for better prices, but those are usually what they're at.

Total: ~$685

You did read the OP, right?

couple of mins, I will post one for you...

EDIT:
Ok, here you go. I didn't see you say anything about NOT needing an OS. I presumed he is carrying over his monitor, keyboard, and mouse as well as any speakers headphones and such.

The total before rebates (lots of them) is $823.89, but it has everything.

Personally not a big fan of the case, but it fits the bill of your shiny, lol.

Hope this helps you out!

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i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

G.Skill Sniper 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461

Antec Neo Eco 620w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

Sapphire HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102948

ASUS DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...US%20oem%2024x

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233

Grand Total:* $783.92

Take in mind, this is WITHOUT any rebates, combo prices, or any sort of promotions.

If he doesn't like the case, there are plenty of cases out there in the price range. if he wants to spend more, you can also lower the video card to a HD 6850 or gtx 460 and get a more flashy case.

EDIT: Just realized, this build will absolutely blow sc2 out of the water. Maybe an inspiration for a new build for myself :#

Cheers!
 

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Originally Posted by Hollowpb40;15300682
i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

G.Skill Sniper 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

Antec Neo Eco 620w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031

Sapphire HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

ASUS DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&Tpk=ASUS%20oem%2024x

Cooler Master HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Grand Total:* $783.92

Take in mind, this is WITHOUT any rebates, combo prices, or any sort of promotions.

If he doesn't like the case, there are plenty of cases out there in the price range. if he wants to spend more, you can also lower the video card to a HD 6850 or gtx 460 and get a more flashy case.

EDIT: Just realized, this build will absolutely blow sc2 out of the water. Maybe an inspiration for a new build for myself :#

Cheers!
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Hes going to be using his 775 rig for a HTPC. Everything is going to be from scratch on the new build and he is not going to overclock.
 

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Hes going to be using his 775 rig for a HTPC. Everything is going to be from scratch on the new build and he is not going to overclock.
In that case, here. Better for what you said for a total of $777.74
 

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Oh! For Case LED's. I have found NZXT to be an amazing in-case LED Lighting.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ath=72_107_921

I got the 2m one for a build I did not too long ago. Needless to say I'm definitely impressed with the quality and light. The LED is powered by a molex adapter and fits into an expansion slot. in the back where it is held the lighting can actually be adjusted 3 ways, from dim to bright, and even has an off button!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=c2d7f88dd9

I dunno if you can see the link but it was the build I'm standing by when people ask for around 700-800 price range. For the price, I don't see how this can be beat
 

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In that case, here. Better for what you said for a total of $777.74
BTW, with him being an anti AMD person, he very well may not want that ATI card (even though it is the best at that budget).

In that case, just sub in a GTX 560 (not the ti version). In that combo deal I showed with the VGA, they had a 560 as an option as well, but it was like $20-$25 more or something.

Enjoy the build!
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Originally Posted by Hybridx24
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Processor: 2600k
Price: $200 (MicroCenter bundle savings w/ motherboard)

Motherboard: P8Z68-V
Price: $170 (MicroCenter)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Price: $50-$60 (Newegg)

Hard Drive: 1TB Samsung F3 or 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Price: $50 (Staples deal or NCIX-US)

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer or Cooler Master 922
Price: $80 (Newegg)

Cooler: Hyper 212+ (allows for EASY overclock to 4.45Ghz via 1-click BIOS button)
Price: 25$ (Newegg)

Graphics Card: AMD HD6850 or 6870
Price: $160 or $180 (respectively - and could be had for less with deals)

Total: ~$740

Check Slickdeals for better prices, but those are usually what they're at.

Also, you might not even really need the GFX card... the HD3000, which is built in to the 2600k, is not so bad and might be able to play StarCraft at high settings.


This guy has a good pick, but if I would make a few suggestions:
A 2500k would more than likely be more than enough and it saves quite a bit of money, especially if you don't have a MicroCenter near you to get those kind of deals.
The Asus P8Z68-V is a great mobo, however i went with the V Pro, the Gskil ram is great (get 1600) 8gb is enuf.
I like the CM Storm series cases like the Enforcer, I own both an Enforcer and Scout, and love them both. Also great price.
the CM Hyper 212+ is a great budget cooler and does very very well, considering it's price.
As far the gfx card, he obviously said the guy didn't like AMD, so I would suggest a Asus GTX 460, its an AMAZING card, I have yet to find a game I can't run at max settings, and it's cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121391 (135$ after rebates, or grab the overclocked version, however, I found that my normal one overclocked like a champ anyways, so it saves some good $$)
Asus GTX 460 OC version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121420

Also, doess he have things like a hard drive, dvd burner? monitor, keyboard mouse etc?
What exactly does he have that he can use? I mean he could grab a 32GB ssd, and run it with Intel Z68 ssd cache. You don't need much tech know-how to set that up, you never even see it as a drive, it just speeds up your system automatically. Which sounds like a great idea for this guy.
Heres a 32gb Patriot ssd for $45 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220580
cant beat that.
 

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Since you are doing this with no OS, and have the budget, here is an updated idea from myself.

More CPU, and GPU for $757.75 before rebates.

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Ebay has some NIB i5-2500K's for $155.
link 1
link 2

I know people don't like ebay, but these are New in the box items. I have never had an issue with new items from ebay. I was thinking about getting one of these myself.

Hope this helps!
 
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