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Old August 2, 2011, 12:15 AM
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If you're not overclocking and you're focusing on gaming why get a Core i5?

The i3-2120 is the better choice. Vid card wise... Cheap gaming = HD6770 $110. Or go with 560Ti which is best FPS/ price there is at higher end. Generally only about $20 more than slower HD 6870

you'll want a 600 watt PSU for this kinda gaming rig. at 500watts your rig will be drawing 70% plus and that's outside of a PSU's optimal range. Basically you'll be spending more money on electricty.

The CX series is not good in "hot boxes" but drawing air from outside directly like with the V3 case you're fine...unless you have the comp in a room that's hotter than 30 degrees.

And this build has a sweet SATA III 120GB SSD too :)

MBAR000330 ASRock H61M /U3S3 (B3) Socket 1155 Intel H61 Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 1333/1066Mhz 5.1 CH HD Audio Gigabit LAN 2x SATAIII 6.0 GB/s 4x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 Micro ATX $74.99
RAMK003748 Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP (KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX) $74.99
PSCO000581 Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-600CXV2) $59.99
HDSG002048 Seagate Barracuda (ST3500413AS) 7200.12 SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cache (OEM) $39.99
DVSS000421 Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE SATA 24X Black DVD Writer OEM $24.99
CSTT001090 Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case (VL80001W2Z) $39.99
VCGA000520 Gigabyte (GV-N560OC-1GI) nVidia GeForce GTX 560Ti (900MHz) 1GB (4000MHz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI/Mini-HDMI PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card $239.99
SMCO000470 Corsair Force Series 3, 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, Read: 500MB/s, Write: 510MB/s (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) $209.99
CPUI002465 Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I32120) $154.99 Sub-Total: $919.91

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Old August 2, 2011, 12:24 AM
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Default and for all you core i3 haters

And to nip any Core i3 hate.. here's the review from Hardware Canucks. yeah. 5 - 10 FPS difference between the i5 and i3. The price difference isn't worth it.

Intel Core i3-2120 & Core i5-2400 LGA1155 Processors Review
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Old August 2, 2011, 07:45 AM
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@czarnianq

Isn't cooler master 912 haf good enough for cx series? Your build looks good too , i might go for 560 Ti later .I'm good without a SSD. So if i'm not overclocking i5 2500k isn't worth it and i can go for i3? hmm i think i will stick with i5 and buy the gpx card later :P
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Old August 2, 2011, 07:59 AM
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any thoughts on the graphics card? I have seen reviews about 560 Ti stating that people had black screen issues or crashes and as for HD 6950 overheating. -_- any good card stable card out there?
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meh,get the one you want to get.

if you fold the nvidia, if you dont fold or care less about ppd then get the radeon.
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Old August 2, 2011, 10:43 AM
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@dangtx
Will i require an extra coolant?
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Old August 2, 2011, 12:13 PM
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coolant?

run them on air, less headaches, spillings,wife looking at your wallet,etc :)
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Old August 2, 2011, 12:57 PM
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I really like the HAF 912 too :) As with the V3 Black it has a bottom mounted under chassis intake for the PSU. Lots of functionality and great airflow without the bells and whistles.

I've read about the black screens with the 560Ti too, but after two months mine hasn't had a problem. Perhaps the drivers were fixed or i got lucky with the card. I have an Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII.

The only cards i would buy for gaming would be the HD5770/6770 at the low end. The GTX 460 768MB for mid and the 560Ti for high end. Everything else seems to be over priced for the performance. Of course, if there's a single game you really want to play i'd check for reviews involving that game. Different cards run different games ... differently :p

Again, the i5 is a waste of cash. Unless you are video editting or playing Civ5 or another true multi-core designed game that is. Games only efficiently use two cores and the i3 has Hyperthreading for an additional 2 (virtual) cores for the calculating power if you need it.

Seriously, the i5 and i7 are just like a muscle care on a side street...

My "old" Core 2 Duo E8400 with an HD 5770 and 3 GB of RAM still runs the snot outta games at 1280x1024....yeah still using a CRT with the older rigs. I've got 3 kids that like playing games too.
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Old August 2, 2011, 01:23 PM
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if you dont fold or care less about ppd then get the radeon.
lol. i love this :) I always wonder who buys some cards that get released.

Is there really that much brand loyalty? The 560Ti with a non-ref cooler is cheaper than the HD 6950 and HD 6970 but is only slightly outperformed by the HD 6970... it's like a no brainer to me.

Similarly, the GTX460 1GB is like $50 less than the HD 6850 and OC's better.

Now i'm no Nvidia fanboy. I'm just a cheapskate that looks for the best deal. Heck, until the 560Ti i had 3 ATI cards consecutively. (2600XT, HD4770, HD5770)

Remember running a game at 100FpS is meaningless on a 60Hz monitor
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Old August 2, 2011, 05:19 PM
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lol. i love this :) I always wonder who buys some cards that get released.

Is there really that much brand loyalty? The 560Ti with a non-ref cooler is cheaper than the HD 6950 and HD 6970 but is only slightly outperformed by the HD 6970... it's like a no brainer to me.

Similarly, the GTX460 1GB is like $50 less than the HD 6850 and OC's better.

Now i'm no Nvidia fanboy. I'm just a cheapskate that looks for the best deal. Heck, until the 560Ti i had 3 ATI cards consecutively. (2600XT, HD4770, HD5770)

Remember running a game at 100FpS is meaningless on a 60Hz monitor
He is talking about folding... Folding is pretty much optimized for nvidia cards, AMD cards get you basically no PPD in folding.

Also the 560 ti doesn't perform at close to the 6970 it is close to the 6950. It's not brand loyalty with dan, 6950 is the best bang per buck right now and has the most upgrade potential.

Also the GTX 460 1gb SE is the same price as the 6850 the 6850 is cheaper than the good gtx 460 1gb's.

I agree 100 fps is useless but if you get a better monitor or you want to play a games in 3 years with high settings you probably want to pick up the best you can.

Also I agree the i3 is a wicked deal however if you can afford the i5 you can game while listening to music, talking on teamspeak and using fraps all at the same time.

It's not all about the best deal it's about the performance you can get for the money you want to spend.

Edit: it's also about re-sale value in the future the i5 2500k will be worth more than i3 any i3
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