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Build me a intel base PC for 700$

#11VolebamusPosted 5/30/2012 7:04:37 AM
Ah, so the budget is $700.

Also, from context of previous topic (that I realize I never updated with any build) is that TC also needs a HDD. That, along with a budget of $700 makes an unlocked i5 completely impossible.
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i3-2120 || HD 6870 || CX430 || NZXT S210E
TZ68K+ (lol) || 12GB ddr3 (lol x2) || 2x 80GB hdd (ssjlol3)
#12r0ge00Posted 5/30/2012 7:16:56 AM
guinness4life posted...
400w and a 6870? Kind of light there.


I hope you're joking. A good 400W will provide plenty of power.
#13VolebamusPosted 5/30/2012 7:53:48 AM
To at least start you off, here's a little under $720 as a base after shipping, but if you apply the untapped promo codes, it should be much closer to $700. It can be well under if you also apply rebates:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19490832

In effect, I was trying to get you an i5 with a reliable lifetime-warranty 560ti, while making the other components just good enough. The GPU is what will drive most of your gaming performance anyway, with the i5 as a secondary on games that need more CPU performance.

There's several ways you can improve the build if you can stretch even further to $750 or $800, like more space in HDD, and while you can make it so that you can get an overclock-capable build on $800, you'd have to step down your GPU to a HD 6870. And if you're focusing the budget purely on gaming, you'd get less performance doing the latter rather than sticking with a 560 ti.
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i3-2120 || HD 6870 || CX430 || NZXT S210E
TZ68K+ (lol) || 12GB ddr3 (lol x2) || 2x 80GB hdd (ssjlol3)
#14Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 5/30/2012 9:22:45 AM
Volebamus posted...
To at least start you off, here's a little under $720 as a base after shipping, but if you apply the untapped promo codes, it should be much closer to $700. It can be well under if you also apply rebates:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19490832

In effect, I was trying to get you an i5 with a reliable lifetime-warranty 560ti, while making the other components just good enough. The GPU is what will drive most of your gaming performance anyway, with the i5 as a secondary on games that need more CPU performance.

There's several ways you can improve the build if you can stretch even further to $750 or $800, like more space in HDD, and while you can make it so that you can get an overclock-capable build on $800, you'd have to step down your GPU to a HD 6870. And if you're focusing the budget purely on gaming, you'd get less performance doing the latter rather than sticking with a 560 ti.


How much of a performance decrease if I went with a 6850?
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#15VolebamusPosted 5/30/2012 10:51:46 AM
Honestly, not much if you base it on stock, and going by performance-per-dollar strictly you'd want to go to a 6870:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=540

The biggest difference between them also has to do with how well the 560 ti can overclock (offhand I can think of around 10% increase) while the 6870 can't overclock that much higher. Additionally, more people will attest to driver reliability being on NVidia card's end. Lastly, while you could get a 560 ti cheaper, I mention EVGA's due to the lifetime warranty policy. There are times when people have actually upgraded their card when it died under that warranty since EVGA happened to only stock the newer/better models for replacements.

But yeah, if you just want raw performance for its price, feel free to go to a 6870 like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
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i3-2120 || HD 6870 || CX430 || NZXT S210E
TZ68K+ (lol) || 12GB ddr3 (lol x2) || 2x 80GB hdd (ssjlol3)
#16Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 5/30/2012 1:07:00 PM
Volebamus posted...
Honestly, not much if you base it on stock, and going by performance-per-dollar strictly you'd want to go to a 6870:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=540

The biggest difference between them also has to do with how well the 560 ti can overclock (offhand I can think of around 10% increase) while the 6870 can't overclock that much higher. Additionally, more people will attest to driver reliability being on NVidia card's end. Lastly, while you could get a 560 ti cheaper, I mention EVGA's due to the lifetime warranty policy. There are times when people have actually upgraded their card when it died under that warranty since EVGA happened to only stock the newer/better models for replacements.

But yeah, if you just want raw performance for its price, feel free to go to a 6870 like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948


I dont care too much about OC'ing as You will need sufficient after market cooling for that crap which I dont want buy.
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#17VolebamusPosted 5/30/2012 1:14:43 PM
Ok, then basically you can at least look forward to bumping up the HDD space and/or a nicer looking case. Also more leeway to slightly bump up to a better locked i5, even going to the newer i5-3550 model.
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i3-2120 || HD 6870 || CX430 || NZXT S210E
TZ68K+ (lol) || 12GB ddr3 (lol x2) || 2x 80GB hdd (ssjlol3)
#18Fade2black001(Topic Creator)Posted 5/31/2012 4:24:44 AM
Volebamus posted...
Ok, then basically you can at least look forward to bumping up the HDD space and/or a nicer looking case. Also more leeway to slightly bump up to a better locked i5, even going to the newer i5-3550 model.


HDD is big enough. I don't care about looks especially if it costs more money. I could even go with a 3570k if I wanted to but is it worth it? As of now I got the system under 600.
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