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$600 Sandy Bridge Build
03-26-2011, 12:59 AM,
$600 Sandy Bridge Build
I'd like your opinion on this not-overclocking Sandy Bridge Build for just under $600

i5-2400 Processor: $189.99
ASRock H61M-VS mobo: $59.99
Mushkin 4 GB DDR3-1333 $39.99
Seagate 500 GB HD: $39.99
LG 24x DVD Burner: $18.99
Antec 380W PSU: $39.99
HIS HD6850: $169.99 w/ $15 Rebate
Rosewill R-102 case $29.99
Rosewill 120mm Fan: $4.99
Masscool 80mm fan: $1.99
Making it a 1 TB drive (+15) and 8 GB RAM (+40) mqkes it $650.90
03-26-2011, 04:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-26-2011, 04:32 AM by ichigeki.)
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
I think Mathieu will update the sandy bridge build soon. However heres what I think. I'd recommend going with the i5-2500 because its a little faster, you won't regret spending a little more. The 6850 requires more power, at least 500W on a quality PSU. Look at Mathieu's PSU page for a good list of PSUs, PSU. I think the case only supports an optional 120mm, not a 120mm and a 80mm. I could be wrong though. In all, its best to spend a little more for more performance. If money is an issue, I would recommend getting the i5 2500 and a 500+W PSU, but hold off on the 6850 and save some cash for it. The build will run fine off the integrated graphics on the i5-2500. Open for mistakes. Good luck!
Desktop: CPU: Intel Core i5 2500 3.30GHz RAM: G.Skill 8GB MOBO: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 Video Card: SLI MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768 SSD: Corsair Force 3 60GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Mouse: Storm Sentinal Z3RO-G Keyboard: Das Keyboard Silent/Filco Majestouch 2 Speakers: Behringer MS-16 Headphones: Alessandro MS-1/Shure SRH440 modded Router: D-Link Xtreme DIR-655 Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM De-anti-glared Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad X120e/Thinkpad T430
03-26-2011, 06:51 AM,
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
this system uses only 280W at load, 380W is fine. The 6850 uses less power than a GTX 460, and needs about 22a on the 12v rails for the whole system. The Antec 380 has 28a max across its two 12v rails.

The case has a 120mm back, 120mm optional front, and a side shroud that can be replaced with an 80m fan.
03-26-2011, 11:40 AM,
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
I also think that the Antec 380W won't cut it, especially if you intend to keep that PSU for many years. PSUs lose output capacity over time, especially if you push them to their limit like you intend to.

Also, even if the Radeon 6850 uses 22 of the 28a available, keep in mind that the CPU, hard drives, fans and optical drive also pull from the 12V line(s). You're just getting too close to the limit for me to recommend it, simply because you don't want to push a PSU to its limit.

The 430W model only costs $5 more and comes with 32A on the 12V lines instead:

Also, keep in mind that the green series from Antec does not come with a power cord.

Case: I highly doubt that a long video card, like the Radeon HD 6850, will fit in the Rosewill R-102. Something like the Xigmatek ASgard II ($30) would be a much better choice:

I would also spend the extra $20 for the extra 200MHz of the Core i5-2500 vs the i5-2400.

Motherboard: Might want to consider this model for $20 more, you get USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gbps.
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
03-26-2011, 07:43 PM,
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
Matthieu: The card doesn't use 22a all by itself, thats the whole system
03-26-2011, 08:02 PM,
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
SeaGate drives also have terrible reliability, get a WD Caviar Blue 500GB which is the same price.
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03-29-2011, 05:41 PM,
RE: $600 Sandy Bridge Build
just a note: I ended up buying basically this system when my main PC crashed and died this weekend. With weekend specials on Corsair, I got the CX430 instead of the Antec 380. My total cost with Win 7 included was $700.81

the HD6850 DOES fit, as would my old HD4850. Its tight, but fits -- you can't put a HDD in the slot right opposite the graphics card, but that's not a terrible thing, as there are other slots.


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