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Building a new PC
05-15-2012, 12:03 PM,
#1
Building a new PC
Since I'm graduating high school in a couple days, I figured for a graduation present I would build a new PC. Budget is around $600. These are the part's I'm looking at buying within the next week. Just wanted to make sure everything worked together and to get an opinion on things that can be changed, etc. There only thing in weary about it the 6850. I feel it'll be overkill on my 1280x1024 monitor. But I want to be able to play games at Max or Ultra settings, such as Crysis and Metro 2033, possibly Battlefield, and the upcoming Project C.A.R.S. I'm going to reuse my 1TB hard drive and CD/DVD-Rom drive.

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Video Card: XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
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05-15-2012, 12:14 PM,
#2
RE: Building a new PC
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05-15-2012, 12:28 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
The only thing I could think of is if you wanted to consider an ivy bridge CPU and a 77 series-motherboard, but that might be stretching your budget a bit thin. Build seems good.

But are you sure you want to play on such a low resolution? Didn't even know you could get that low of resolution monitors anymore.
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05-15-2012, 12:46 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-15-2012, 12:50 PM by Rush12049.)
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RE: Building a new PC
(05-15-2012, 12:28 PM)Pineappl Wrote: The only thing I could think of is if you wanted to consider an ivy bridge CPU and a 77 series-motherboard, but that might be stretching your budget a bit thin. Build seems good.

But are you sure you want to play on such a low resolution? Didn't even know you could get that low of resolution monitors anymore.

It's a monitor I have now, and currently can't upgrade with the budget. It works perfectly for what I need to do. But that's why I was wondering if the 6850 would be overkill. I might upgrade in the future to a bigger monitor, not sure yet.

Ive heard Ivy Bridge processors have heat issues because of where they placed the thermal paste. Not really sure, maybe it's just for overclocking, which I have no interest in doing. And Sandy Bridge is more then plenty enough for what I need. I'll wait until Haswell once they have all the kinks fixed in the 22nm die size. That and Ivy doesn't seem much faster then SB, and I don't need the updated integrated graphics chip.
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05-15-2012, 02:17 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
15% increase in CPU performance is a LOT. Especially if you don't overclock. And the rumors flying around about voltage and heat problems is not true. You just need some adequate cooling and it's no big deal.
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05-15-2012, 03:01 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
(05-15-2012, 02:17 PM)ricky07652 Wrote: 15% increase in CPU performance is a LOT. Especially if you don't overclock. And the rumors flying around about voltage and heat problems is not true. You just need some adequate cooling and it's no big deal.

Well the i5-3450 is only 10 dollars more. I might just have to get that instead. It appears better then the i5-2400 in benchmarks. Should I just stick with the stock cooler or get an after-market one?
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05-15-2012, 03:40 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
Remember if you get an ivy bridge you have to upgrade your motherboard to a 77 series. You can get the standard Hyper 212+ after-market cooler for $25. Depends how flexible your budget is.

Not sure about the necessity of an after market with ivy bridge, someone else might need to comment on that.
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05-15-2012, 04:06 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
The stock cooler at load w/o overclocking is average, about 30dB which is the sound of a page turning in a book. And if you don't mind waiting and reduced features, you can buy a Z75 mobo.
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05-15-2012, 10:55 PM,
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RE: Building a new PC
(05-15-2012, 03:40 PM)Pineappl Wrote: Remember if you get an ivy bridge you have to upgrade your motherboard to a 77 series. You can get the standard Hyper 212+ after-market cooler for $25. Depends how flexible your budget is.

Not sure about the necessity of an after market with ivy bridge, someone else might need to comment on that.

Hmm, looked at the price of the Z77 boards, and I think I will just stick with a SB CPU and board. It's in my budget, and performs quite well for the money.
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