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  Zeppelin5083

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“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”

 
OP  8/05/12 7:58:11 AM#1

Here is what I have so far. Basically I need a bit of help with a motherboard, don't need keyboard/mouse/monitor etc.

Also any input as to something that will work just as good that will save me money, let me know!

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

 

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

 

XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

 

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

 

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

 

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

 

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM

 

Notes:

-I do plan to use this for other things than gaming (photoshop/rendering/video editing) so if something needs to be upgraded/changed in order to allow this, please let me know.

 

Guild Wars 2 System Requirements:

-Minimum-

Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better • Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon 64 X2, or better • 2 GB RAM • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better) • 25 GB available HDD space • Broadband Internet connection • Keyboard and mouse

 

Thanks in advance!

  McGamer

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"Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering" -Master Yoda

8/05/12 8:06:05 AM#2

Looks fairly decent what you found there other than the CPU. The i7 is overrated largely and only fractionally better than the i5 for gaming. Realistically you are not going to notice any difference between the two and save yourself about  a hundred bucks. 

As far as the motherboard goes, I would suggest anything from Gigabyte or more specifically;

 

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

  jawali

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Joined: 8/05/09
Posts: 195

8/05/12 8:14:09 AM#3

hello I am not sure if radeon 6950 is the best choice for you. Don't get me wrong it is fairly decent gpu, but I would buy something like :radeon 7870/ 7950/ 7970 or GTX 670 (depending on how much you want to spend)

Iwould replace i7 2600 with i5 2500k or i5 300/2400/2500 if you don't plan to oc

  Zeppelin5083

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Joined: 6/08/10
Posts: 413

“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”

 
OP  8/05/12 9:35:31 AM#4
Originally posted by jawali

hello I am not sure if radeon 6950 is the best choice for you. Don't get me wrong it is fairly decent gpu, but I would buy something like :radeon 7870/ 7950/ 7970 or GTX 670 (depending on how much you want to spend)

Iwould replace i7 2600 with i5 2500k or i5 300/2400/2500 if you don't plan to oc

Unfortunately right now, I'm operating in roughly the 900-1200 dollar price range, making a 400 dollar gpu unlikely but not impossible. It all just depends on how many hours I get over the next few weeks and how much money I have a few days before pre release.

  jawali

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Joined: 8/05/09
Posts: 195

8/05/12 10:49:03 AM#5
Originally posted by Zeppelin5083
Originally posted by jawali

hello I am not sure if radeon 6950 is the best choice for you. Don't get me wrong it is fairly decent gpu, but I would buy something like :radeon 7870/ 7950/ 7970 or GTX 670 (depending on how much you want to spend)

Iwould replace i7 2600 with i5 2500k or i5 300/2400/2500 if you don't plan to oc

Unfortunately right now, I'm operating in roughly the 900-1200 dollar price range, making a 400 dollar gpu unlikely but not impossible. It all just depends on how many hours I get over the next few weeks and how much money I have a few days before pre release.

I would recommend you buying i5 2500k instead of i7 2600 and better gpu (maybe radeon 6970 if not the posted above)

  Vladamyre

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Posts: 241

8/05/12 10:53:52 AM#6
Whatever motherboard you get, make sure its either Asus, or EVGA. Asus makes the best motherboards period. EVGA is probably a close 2nd, but you just can't beat their lifetime warranty.

In a world of sharp knives, you would be a spoon.

  Quizzical

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Posts: 13305

8/05/12 1:45:07 PM#7

Your case link isn't a proper link at all, though I'm familiar with the case.  Your hard drive and power supply links don't work at all.

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That's too much to pay for a Radeon HD 6950.  You can get a Radeon HD 7850 for essentially the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617

or a Radeon HD 7870 for not all that much more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662

That last one comes with a free game and a very nice cooler, too.

For gaming purposes, you'd be better off with a Core i5-3570K than a Core i7-2600K.  The 3570K is cheaper, too.  If Photoshop, rendering, and/or video editing could put eight cores to good use if you had them, then go ahead and get the Core i7-2600K for that purpose.  It's still a very capable processor for gaming.

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That's the full retail version of Windows 7.  If you want to someday transfer the license to another computer, then go ahead and get it.  But the OEM version is $80 cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

The extra $80 for the full retail version buys you three things:

1)  You get both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions,

2)  You can legally transfer the license to another computer (but must stop using it on the old computer), and

3)  You can get tech support from Microsoft at the start if it mysteriously won't install properly.

None of those really matters much to most people, but the $80 difference in price sure does.

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Do you really need a Blu-Ray burner?  If you do, then go ahead.  But most people don't, and if you don't, then getting a simple DVD burner instead is an easy way to save money.

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How much storage space do you need?  On your budget, you really should get a good SSD.  What to get really depends on how much capacity you need.  If 120 GB is enough, then you just get a small SSD and no hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

If 120 GB isn't enough, but 240 GB is, then you get a larger SSD and still no hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227727

And if you need more capacity than that, then you get both the smaller SSD and also a hard drive of whatever capacity you need.  The idea is that you put your OS and main programs on the SSD, and other stuff on the hard drive.  If you're getting both an SSD and a hard drive, then there's no need to pay extra for a premium hard drive, as the only stuff you'll put on the hard drive is stuff where speed doesn't matter much.

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Getting a decent motherboard doesn't need to be expensive.  If you're going to get the newer Core i5-3570K, then you should probably get a Z77 motherboard.  For example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646

Those aren't really appropriate if you're looking for a massive overclock, and they aren't loaded with a ton of features that most people won't use, but for most people, they'll get the job done.

If you are going to go ahead and get the Core i7-2600K and aren't planning on overclocking it very far, then you can get a fairly cheap Z68 motherboard that they're trying to get rid of.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130614

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

If you want a CrossFire/SLI setup, or to go for a huge overclock, or to have a ton of features available that most people will never use but you think you might, then you'll have to pay more.

The four main motherboard brands that make most of the good products are Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and AsRock.  Some people would quibble about including AsRock with the other three.  Someone above mentioned EVGA, but they offer a very small lineup that misses the appropriate market segment for most people.