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Old March 9, 2012, 09:46 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

This computer will mainly be used for playing computer games. My friend is planning to play games such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and spends a lot of his time playing MMOs. The graphics for the MMOs aren't particularly intensive, but games like Tera and the upcoming Guild Wars 2 are far more than his current computer can handle.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

$700 - $750. This is ONLY cost of the computer, itself (ie. case, mobo, PSU, etc...)

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada. He will be purchasing from NCIX and NewEgg.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

He doesn't know much about computers, hardware wise. So no.

I would recommend him Intel and nVidia, however.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

Monitor, keyboard, mouse.... Nothing particularly useful.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

No, but I will after posting this thread.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

No, he has no idea how to overclock. Neither do I.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

As soon as possible.

9. What resolution do you use?

He has a 15" monitor, so probably 1024 x 768. It could possibly be as high as 1280 x 1024.
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Old March 9, 2012, 10:30 PM
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My first suggestion to your friend would be for him to get himself a new monitor. The suggestion below is way overkill for such a tiny resolution (at least for GPU).

It is not ultra powerful, but it respects all that was asked.

Intel i3 2100 (possibility to upgrade later on, if budget allows)
NCIX bundle: (Don't know either the mobo or RAM, but it should work fine.
Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
Patriot G2 2x4gb
Corsair Builder 600w
Gigabyte HD6870 or Asus GTX 560
CM Elite 370
Samsung optical drive
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Total 722.92
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Old March 9, 2012, 11:09 PM
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Thanks a lot, Kilauea for the quick reply!

I told him the same thing... That his resolution is so low that such a card would be overkill, lol.... So he's gonna buy this monitor. BenQ EW2420 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor A-MVA LED 1920X1080 8MS DVI 2XHDMI Spkr - BenQ - EW2420

I'll have to throw in a caveat. I really don't know much about motherboards, other than i5-2500 needs the 1155 socket. And that we should preferably stick to p67 or Z68 chipsets (but I don't know what Z68 even is).

Here's a list of components we drafted up. He raised his budget to 850 (not including monitor).

Intel i5 - 2500K & a MSI motherboard bundle. The motherboard was recommended by this graph: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html.
NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 2500K Processor & MSI Z68A-G45 DDR3 SLI Motherboard - Bundle Deals - 2500K & Z68A-G45

Corsair that you recommended. Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2 600W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty* - Corsair - CMPSU-600CXV2

Probably G.Skill 8GB sticks for $55.

CM case that you recommended (he doesn't really care about aesthetics). Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS - COOLERMASTER - RC-370-KKN1

Samsung DVD drive (:p).

The Seagate.

And the Windows 7.

Yeah, and HD6870.

Total comes out to be around 1188 after tax.

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Old March 10, 2012, 03:41 AM
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If he didn't order yet, I would consider an aftermarket cooler to go on that good of a CPU. CM Hyper 212 or Corsair A70 are both good coolers for a low price, and give impressive performances.
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If he didn't order yet, I would consider an aftermarket cooler to go on that good of a CPU. CM Hyper 212 or Corsair A70 are both good coolers for a low price, and give impressive performances.
Well the OP stated that they don't know much about overclocking so an aftermarket cooler isn't necessary until they plan to overclock the 2500k.
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IMO you should at least look at the 7000 series cards..
One of the lower ones should provide around the same performance for about the same money but be better with power and heat.

p67 board for overclocking, z68 gives you a few extra things, most notably is probably ssd caching.

Grab a cheap but good after-market cooler (though I have heard of overclocks on 2500's with stock without problem) have to agree with the CM 212+ (very cheap for the performance)

As for case... you can get allot for your money these days, should have him look at some before you order as he will have to live with it for quite a while..

On the overclocking... if you have no interest in even trying it, save some bucks and get a 2400 and a H67 board..
Gives more budget for a larger GPU or a SSD which will show more performance increase for his needs if you won't oc it (though you won't even have the option to oc it then).
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On the overclocking... if you have no interest in even trying it, save some bucks and get a 2400 and a H67 board..
Gives more budget for a larger GPU or a SSD which will show more performance increase for his needs if you won't oc it (though you won't even have the option to oc it then).
Seconded. If you will not OC then go for an H67 board and an i5 2400. And I disagree with the others on the aftermarket cooler. Given you will not overclock and you are on a mid ranged budget I would just use the stock cooler (you could always swap it out down the road if you change your mind).
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