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Old January 29, 2012, 06:39 PM
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so i am working on a new build for myself, i wanted to get you guys ideas and feedback on my ideas.
all i do is watch alot of movies and play guild wars and maybe guild wars2 when if comes out. but here s what i am thinking

Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Processor:
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
Corsair XMS3 8GB kit
ATI Radeon HD6870 1GB
750W Corsair Modular Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm main harddrive
x2 Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB

now my real question is would this be fine for what i am doing or should i just wait and buy a i5 ? not really looking for super fast boot times or anything crazy. and everything is beaning bought locally at a computer store by my home

like i said before i dont really play to many games just guild wars and thats not alot anymore
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Since gaming is not a number one task and you didn't mention doing anything CPU intensive I think the i3 would be a great processor for you. You have overkilled a couple components IMO. I would save a few dollars on the power supply and go for a 500 watt quality PSU as a minimum (600-650w would give you lots of headroom with that build). Go with the 750w if you want to crossfire down the road IMO. And the motherboard is a similar situation. Given that the main perk of the Z68 based motherboard over an H61/H67 is overclocking (and you can't overclock an i3) I would save the money and get an H67 motherboard (again...unless you plan on a future upgrade to an 2500k/2600k processor that you will overclock)
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Old January 30, 2012, 02:17 PM
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well i already have the power supply and the board is soo cheap at this store i just figure why not get a nicer one, just wanted to see if the i3 would be okay for what i do, i still play a few games but mostly just mmo and like i said nothing to hardcore. so i figured that the i3 would be a better deal for what i am doing
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They did release a few new i7, i5, i3 as well, might be ablt to snag a nice deal there for just a few $ more.

like you said, not that you need a ton of processing power, however, I would go for 2500 non k or similar, take a look around first in the i5 series, at least they are quad core and do not have to rely on the hyper threading, and from what I noticed they are not that much more pricey overall.

For a lit of available models Sandy Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
just as an example, you listed i3 2100 here in canada, I see this listed at $119 for the 2100, $128 for the 2120 which is 3.3Ghz, $144 for the 2130, the starting price for the current i5 seems to be around $175 or so, the ones soon to be out
GPU dropped in new Sandy bridge CPUs - The Tech Report click on the price list thingy there, it will show you the ones almost out, this way here, hopefully, you can get the best deal.

Now as far as I know, guild wars, star craft and those style games are VERY cpu reliant, I as an individual would rather have something that will have some power available, and/or be able to gain more, so to me, a more or less non overclockable dual core(even with hyper threading) seems a waste of cash, when considering for not much more the next chip up(i5) will bury any of the i3 handily, and will gauranteed have some cpu power left whereas the i3 may not, but thats just my 2c(based on what is out there currently) an extra $60 now may prevent you from needing to spend an extra $100 or more in the near future when you find that dual core not quite powerfull enough.

The 6870 is a good card, the 560 non ti, 560ti, 6950 and soon(sometime in feburary) 7850/7870 and Nvidias kepler are so much faster, I would look at what you can afford as a total price(budget) and then go from there.

Also, just as a suggestion, drop one of those caviar black 1tb and go for an SSD for your OS drive, way way faster that way, and wouldnt cost much more, if any if you are carefull, a 60gb OS drive is plenty.

650-750 watt power supply is plenty, the other lad said a 500w will be fine, it will, however you leave yourself almost no room for upgrading to a more powerfull gpu or whatever further down the line(to be on the safe side) a 650 watt is fine and are not that pricey($58+) you might even be able to find a decent 750w for a decent price, the XFX units are good power supplies and not that pricey, I have also heard Corsair TX/TX V2 are decent as well, there is also NZXT Hale which are very good.

I am sure the mentioned one that you had there was the HX750, if so, they are excellent power supplies, the XFX 750 is just as good actually(though the cabling is a little odd :P)

As for your ram, ddr3 1600 9,9,9,24 1.5v Corsair or Gskill 1600 8gb GBRL or GBXL kits, all good, and overall better then the XMS3 kit(which uses 1.65v) whereas the Vengeance, ripjawX and Ripjaw that I mentioned use a little less voltage 1.5v
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Old January 30, 2012, 02:56 PM
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wow thanks dragon, i already have the 3 hard drives with data on them so i wont get rid of them lol. i might just wan and do the i5 bc of the quad core just to make sure in the future a can play a different game if i want to. but as far as what i do have i have the case power supply and hard drives, i just didnt want to throw a ton of money into a crazy build just to watch movies and play a few games on.

and here in north carolina the going rate for a i3 is round 139 and the i5 is about 199 so the price difference is quite abit.

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Old January 30, 2012, 04:04 PM
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and what about if i run 2 6970s with the i3 think ill run into any problems? or just the i3 with one 6970"?
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The i3 is a very good gaming processor, if you have it already you can keep. Just be a little more specific about what you really want from that system, don't let us guess. cross firing 2x6970 should not have any impact with the cpu, worst case scenario the CPU will be a bottleneck. but you really need that much processing power?
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well mainly it will be a web surfing and media center computer with the once in awhile playing guild wars and perfect wold but manly just watching movies

but i think tht just the i3 and one 6970 should be fine right at least for what i am doing
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then the i3 and a single 6970 should be perfectly matched companions. the PSU will provide place for expansion in the future if you want something else. let us know how it moves once you assembly it.
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is it just me or is the 6970 double overkill for this build? I think the 6870 would be a better fit for your requirements. Plus it would save you about $200 to up your cpu or anything else.
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