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Old 04-10-2011, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New builder/ new build. suggestions and advice welcome!

first, this build from Fat.Clown:
Sony Optiarc Black 24X CD / DVD Burners

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 2 x 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 PC3 10666 Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Intel 2500K + Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3

Subtotal: $1,017.92
Shipping: $11.52 (I used a random zip from Pittsburgh, 15259)
EMCKGGJ29 Discount From Promo Code -$10.00
EMCKGGJ26 Discount From Promo Code -$15.00
EMCKGHA92 Free ShippingCharge From Promo Code -$1.42

Grand Total: $1,003.02

taken from this thread: Sub-$1000 gamin/CS5 build


This is similiar to a build I was looking at doing. This is my first one, my brother is "supposed" to be helping me but Id like to learn as much as possible. Im not as picky as most out there. Just curious if this set up would run games like rift/crysis/ or graphics heavy MMO's like Aion/TERA at 720 or 1080? Im not a resolution junky but if i could play these games smoothly at 720/1080 on my samsung tv,it would make me super happy. I have a 32inch I use as a monitor normally (doubles as portable monitor for fight nights w ps3) and a big 52inch 720p television. I realize that it is nothing compared to what some people run on good computer monitors but it works for me. If its any help.. i currently play Wow or games on a toshiba laptop with a dual core and a older lower grade Ati video card and its almost enough for me. I just want to be able to turn settings up for a bigger than 17inch screen and have it not lag. Also I will be doing a little bit of cs5 work(picture and video).

I was figuring 1000-1500 for the tower could take care of it.My brother did a 1k build with 270s in sli,i7 920, 3x2gb (but adding more) and its pretty much what I would want, but for the same money i thought I could improve it with what is available now. If i havnt completely misread on websites, it seems the 570 could be a better choice for me as a single card.

So based on this 1k build where could i step it up a little more? going i7 2600k? I was also looking at the gtx570 as a single card (for now).If it will handle higher resolutions then i will buy a nice monitor and that will be budgeted outside the tower, but i really dont mind using my tv. I LOVE my games and editing film from my t2i but i am in NO way a hardcore gamer or photographer/videographer. Just fun for me. Also was planning a full tower so i could add more later if i want. space/noise isnt an issue for me. Do I need to give more info?

Thanks for any advice or help!
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The 2500k and 570 will be fine for those games and that tv.

Also, most high-end mid towers have room for upgrades and long video cards..like the HAF or Rosewill Blackhawk
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Just curious, If i wanted to step it up a notch, to play a little higher res on a comp monitor with games on PC like BFBC 3 on high when it comes out.. where is my money best spent from here? Should I upgrade to the i7 or upgrade the card to a 580? or am i looking at completely rethinking the build?
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Getting an i7 instead of an i5 will make very little difference. The GTX580 will give you a much bigger performance increase over a GTX560Ti.
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Actually, if I were you, I'd get a 570...then get one of these Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) instead, it will significantly increase your overall performance. Although, if you have the budget, you could also get the 580..
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I would buy a kit of (2x4GB) of DDR3 1600 memory instead of the DDR3 1333.
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