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Old March 7, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Hey guys,

Haven't posted here in a long time. My bro asked me to build him a comp for as cheap as possible ($500-700) and I came up with the following:

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Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
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ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA1156 P55 ATX DDR3 1PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 2PCI USB3.0 SATA 6GB Sound GBLAN Motherboard
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LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
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As for video card, I have an old 4870 lying around that I was going to install. All in all the build cost is about ~$600. He plays mainly starcraft 2 on a 1680x1050 monitor so he doesn't need the most powerful rig on the planet. He can always upgrade video card later on if he finds the 4870 isn't keeping up.

What do you guys think? Everything compatible? Any upgrades worthwhile?

Thanks!
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Old March 8, 2011, 05:53 AM
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Don't bother on the LGA1156. You can get 1155 now(well some motherboards) and performs much better for the same pricepoint.

That is IF you can afford the extra $100ish. I only say this because the I5 2500k costs $40 more then the I5 760 and should outperform it a fair bit.

If you don't plan on overclocking ever you can get the 2500 and an H67 board.

Otherwise decent build if you plan on continuing with the 1156 route.

Don't forget to pricematch

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the non-ocing route
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Old March 8, 2011, 06:48 AM
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Or the i5 760 equivalent (speculative but should be right) on sandy bridge, the i3 2120, performs the same with duo core using programs (which is most games) and consumes less power so a PSU in the 430s will be enough. 4 GB RAM is enough.

Will save you enough to get 1 TB WD black and a dx11 card such as the GTX 460 1GB or HD6850. It's a shame it's locked (un-over-clockable) if your brother wants to get into overclocking.

If you are in a hurry to build then I'm sorry if I confused you as no reviews are out yet for the i3, but they should be out sometime this month.
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Old March 8, 2011, 06:55 AM
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Go with 1155.
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Old March 8, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Thanks for all your suggestions! As for OC'ing, he's not really into that. I initially heard there was an issue with the Sandybridge Mobos which is why I was staying away from them. Has this issue been resolved?

If so, I've come up with these changes (thanks boris!):

CPU:
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - Intel - BX80623I52500 - in Canada
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Mobo:
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H -B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 - in Canada
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Just curious, but whats the difference between the mobo listed above and the one below:

Gigabyte H67MA-D2H-B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard

It's $20 cheaper and seems to have similar features. Also, I noticed it is mATX form factor. This should be alright with my case, correct (I usually use ATX)?

And yeah, I'm definitely going to be pricematching, thanks for the tip!

RE: power supply. Considering its only $40 after MIR I don't think i'll bother with lower than 650W (also in case he plans on getting a better video card, etc).
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CPU: Intel Quad q9550
PSU: Corsair 750w
GPU: Diamond HD4870
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HDD: 2 x 640gb WD Caviar
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Old March 8, 2011, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for all your suggestions! As for OC'ing, he's not really into that. I initially heard there was an issue with the Sandybridge Mobos which is why I was staying away from them. Has this issue been resolved?

If so, I've come up with these changes (thanks boris!):

CPU:
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - Intel - BX80623I52500 - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - Intel - BX80623I52500 - in Canada

Mobo:
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H -B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H -B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 - in Canada

Just curious, but whats the difference between the mobo listed above and the one below:

Gigabyte H67MA-D2H-B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI Motherboard

It's $20 cheaper and seems to have similar features. Also, I noticed it is mATX form factor. This should be alright with my case, correct (I usually use ATX)?

And yeah, I'm definitely going to be pricematching, thanks for the tip!

RE: power supply. Considering its only $40 after MIR I don't think i'll bother with lower than 650W (also in case he plans on getting a better video card, etc).
Just reading the specifications the differences I notice is that the first mobo you listed contains 4 ram slots instead of 2 for the second mobo, also that the first mobo list can have more USB slots (2 more than the second listed) Also the size is different, first is 24.4cm by 24.4cm while the second is 24.4cm by 21.1cm. Either than that From what I can see they are basically the same. If I'm wrong please correct me :b
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Old March 8, 2011, 12:15 PM
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i5-2500 all the way with non-overclocking... well, now that I've repeated almost every other post...

If you want to build in the next couple weeks go ahead... if you've got a month to wait, let the Z68 boards come out (maybe do a bit of looking around to see when the rumoured release date is). The Z68 board will let you use features of the IGP (like quick sync) while having a discreet GPU installed.

As for the mobos, they are pretty similar, but the more expensive one offers a bit better hardware for longevity. Without looking into o/c, the more expensive board's main 2 features are the 8 phase power and 4 slots DDR3. I'd spend the extra $20 as that board will last longer.
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