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Help with $650 - $700 Gaming Project

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Skylore, May 6, 2012.

  1. Skylore New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'll be starting my first built hopefully soon, and I have been scouting the kind of set-up I wanna have. It will be for gaming, I will not OC it for now, but I wanna have the potential to do it if I desire to. I am also trying to make it somewhat future-proof. Don't wanna have to add on too much stuff just so that it can play future games too soon !

    Anyway, here is what I have so far:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz $250

    MOB: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $120 (Kind of new, looked promising)
    Link: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s...

    GPU: Radeon HD 6850 $140

    PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W... $70
    (I REALLY don't know anything about psus, but that one seemed good)

    RAM: Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666 - 8 GB) $42

    Total: $622

    Anyway, I still need a HDD (Waiting until I find one for cheap) and, obviously, a Case (lol)

    So let me know what you guys think, what you would change, and what Case/HDD I should get.

    Thanks ! :D
     
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    [​IMG]

    $15 off with promo code EMCNENJ23 on the i5-2500K, comes to ~$695 before the $15 MIR assuming you already own Windows.
     
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    If you're up for an AMD processor, you can get something with a little more graphics power for right under $700 after rebates and a $5 off on the case.

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    buy a gtx 680 and wait for everything else..lol.. j/k.. kinda..

    Well done Tissue, very nice rig that would be, for the price indeed.
    That's a nice setup, he made you there.
    Mastr as well. It's preference, at this point.
     
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    Dropping a line on that Bio X77. I know a bud who didn't like that board much and stuck with his Gigabyte z68x UD4P.
     
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    I think the Bio board will be fine for this guy. THe XE3 and XE4 in reviews hold their own very well against boards in the $200+ range.
     
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    Thanks mastr, but I'm shooting for an Intel pc for the first time in my life lol ;)

    I have a couple of questions if you don't mind about your build:


    Why the changes in MoBo and CPU ?
    Also, is the GPU you suggested better than the one i chose ? I looked at the benchmark comparison from anandtech and they are somewhat...confusing. 6850 is better for half the test, and 7770 for the second half lol

    I was thinking: Couldn't I simply the PSU to the one you chose, add the Case and maybe get a Refurbished HDD + Swap the GPU (I don't know which one is better) and come out with a little better CPU from all this ?

    Last Questions: Is there something so bad with the items from my last that you guys needed to remake a whole set up lol

    Either way, thanks for the input guys ! :toast:
     
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    Again. I like your proposed build. The board is good, was again just something I thought I would mention.
     
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    I know lol, I was just wondering. It being my first time and all. Did your friend have a bad experience with it ? And could you maybe recommend a different MoBo for about the same price with features as great as that one seems to have ?

    Thanks in advance !
     
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    Actually, unsure what his issue was with the board itself. I "think" he was expecting it be a better performer but turned out to be the same. I myself like the Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, but again you will need to look at z77 if going straight to Ivy bridge, bios limitations.
     
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    Alright, thanks for the info
     
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    Personally, I don't think the 3570K is worth it if it has a $50 premium over the 2500K.

    The 7770 is a tad bit worse, yes, however, that was within the $700 budget. I'm positive you would be well over $700 if you add a case and a 500GB HDD to your parts list. If I didn't include the case or the 500GB HDD, and set the budget at $620 (the amount that you have in your original post), you'd have enough for a 560 Ti or a 6950.


    Nothing is wrong, we system builders just rarely base our own parts list off someone else's - it's much easier for us that way :eek:
     
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    Ha alright man, good to know.

    Thanks for all the assistance guys !
     
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    That is a great suggestion, but I won't be doing too much 1080p playing. I still have an old 7 year old TV, but instead of buying a new one I've decided to build a PC in it's place lol.

    I know a 6850 will at least play most games in Medium/High quality, will update the GPU to a better one when needed/after purchasing a new tv ;)
     
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    Holy smokes! That is a kiler deal. If you want, you could probably sell the board for cheap and get one you would like, throw in a GPU and be done.

    Me personally, I would get that combo and pickup this GPU.....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549

    ... then save up my pennies for the board switch, getting the Biostar z77, and sell the Gigabyte.
     
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    Would it we a better idea to keep that board, and wait until next year to see what Intel's next "Tock" brings us ? I'm sure that with a cpu built like that, I could last at least a year :p

    I'm also a little concerned about the psu unit, do you know if it's a good and reliable one by any chance ?
     
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    That Ultra... Think of it as a 500w and don't overdo it. Good enough for single card. Intel's Tocj would need a new board anyways. Might as well get something you like now.
     
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