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New Tier 1 best for budget
01-12-2012, 11:48 AM,
#1
New Tier 1 best for budget
Hello all,
I’m building my little brother an entry gaming PC since I am on a tight budget but want to have potential on the games he (will) plays on average settings like Dota, Starcraft 2, Skyrim, and Diablo 3. I am considering the new Tier 1 and I know he likes the case Cooler Master 922 Blue Edition (would everything be compatible with this case?). I was wondering if I can add an i5 2500k that I can get for 180$ and add it to the build to Tier 1 and work around that, or should I stick with the recommended Intel Pentium G860 or up Intel Core i3 2120? I would like to keep things on a budget but if $180 for an i5 is so much more worth it I would get it. What would you guys do?
Thanks,
Clinton
Build: CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V LX GPU: XFX Double D HD Radeon 6870 1GB RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) HDD: Barracuda 7200RPM 500 GB SATA 6GB SDD: SAMSUNG 120GB 830 Optical Drive: Asus SATA 24x DVD Burner PSU: KINGWIN Lazer Gold Series 700w Case: Cooler Master 922 Blue Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Monitor: (2) ASUS ML 249H Mouse: Logitech G500 Keyboard: Logitech G110 Speakers: Logitech Z623
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01-12-2012, 01:32 PM,
#2
RE: New Tier 1 best for budget
At what resolution will he be playing?

The HAF 922 Blue Edition is indeed compatible with Tier 1.

$180 for a Core i5-2500K is a great deal. A Core i5-2500K will greatly improve performance compared to a Core i3-2120 and even more so compared to a Pentium G860.

Thing is, if you play at higher resolutions, the video card matters a whole lot more than the CPU and that's what you want to invest on. If you're on a tight budget, balancing the CPU and video card performance/budget is crucial.

So yeah, let me know at what resolution he will be playing at and I'll let you know if getting a i5-2500K makes sense or not.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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01-12-2012, 02:42 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-12-2012, 02:44 PM by cpanday228.)
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RE: New Tier 1 best for budget
Yeah, that is the whole issue with balancing/performance i am trying to find within the budget. The tier 1 and 2 monitor you recommended are fine options which are tier 1 The $140 – Acer V223WEJbd 22″(1680 x 1050) and tier 2 $140 – Acer S230HLAbii 23″ (1920 x 1080..would prefer this one out of the two) unless you think other wise or have any better options. It's his birthday gift (Jan 29) and more experience in building for me, so i am pretty sure he wont be picky as long he can play those games fine, he should appreciate it! lol...Thanks again Mathieu!

-Clinton
Build: CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V LX GPU: XFX Double D HD Radeon 6870 1GB RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) HDD: Barracuda 7200RPM 500 GB SATA 6GB SDD: SAMSUNG 120GB 830 Optical Drive: Asus SATA 24x DVD Burner PSU: KINGWIN Lazer Gold Series 700w Case: Cooler Master 922 Blue Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Monitor: (2) ASUS ML 249H Mouse: Logitech G500 Keyboard: Logitech G110 Speakers: Logitech Z623
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01-12-2012, 03:09 PM,
#4
RE: New Tier 1 best for budget
Well, the thing is, if you go with Tier 2's monitor recommendation, you'll also want Tier 2's video card, seeing as higher resolutions are more demanding on the video card. Going with Tier 1's monitor recommendation would allow you to scale back to Tier 1's video card and save $35.

Yes, the i5-2500K would provide a slight performance boost in gaming, quite a step up overall and perhaps more importantly, it would be more future-proof than the Core i3-2120, thanks to its quad-core nature vs dual-core for the i3-2120.

Personally, I'd go with Tier 1's monitor/video card, the i5-2500K and upgrade to 8GB of RAM. That way, you know that the CPU and RAM will last him many years, the monitor won't tax the video card too much and you can always upgrade the video card down the road.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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