$1500 budget for Gaming PC

Shjnta

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Hello everyone,

Im new with this website but I find it very helpful so far.... :D

All I need is:
MOBO - RAM - CPU - GPU - PSU (no case or anything else) for $1500 or less

This is what I've been told and suggested for powerful gaming build:

i5 2500k
(2x) HD 6950 2GB DDR5 (tons of models with this description)
8GB DDR3 1600 (tons of models with this description)
750W PSU
(mobo ???)

But I have no idea which model or brand to pic in GPU RAM PSU and MOBO... all I know is the i5.

Forgive my ignorance, I know you get this questions all the time


Thank you in advance !!

 
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If you go with your HDTV, get a GTX 580 (best card for 1920x1080); if you go multiple monitors, get 2x6970s.

You want 2 sticks of 4GB RAM (2x4GB); if you get 4x2GB, you'll be spending the same amount of $$ but killing any drop-in upgrades (i.e. if you want to add another 2x2 or 2x4 kit later on). They're the same price usually, so why not get the one that takes less space? ;)
Mobo - I'd get a good Z68 board like one of Gigabyte's or Asus'. Just take a look and compare the number of PCI Express slots, etc. Looks can play a factor in parts selection as well.

RAM - G.Skill is one of the cheaper kits and performs very well. A kit with a latency of 9 and speeds at 1600MHz are pretty standard for gaming builds. Unless you plan on OCing the RAM (doesn't make a huge difference), I'd stick with that instead of spending more for lower latencies and higher speeds.

PSU/GPU - I'd recommend getting an 850W PSU (Corsair HX850, Seasonic, XFX) and swapping the 2x 6950s to a 6970. That way you'll have the room to upgrade to a second 6970 down the road instead of maxing out at 2x6950s. If you get the right board, you should be able to 3-way crossfire 6950s/6970s (I believe)

What case are you putting this in, and what resolution are you gaming at?
 

Shjnta

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Hi !,

thanks for your fast response... really appreciate it

I do not have the case yet... I wanted to get it after I have everything ready (to make sure it fits)

Per your suggestions I should go for

Processor: i5 2500K ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Graphics: HD 6970 ($350)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102915
PSU: Corsair HX850 ($173)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=Corsair%20HX850
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128494
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($75)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

That is $1008

Do you see anything I can improve ??? I could go up $350-$500 more for better performance
but if you think I should stick with this for a while Ill do it :D

I want it to support anything I throw at it (crysis 2, Dirt 3, Battlefield 3 when comes out)

Thanks for responding all my noob questions :D




 

Shjnta

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Hi,

Thanks to the posting format you recommended :)


Approximate Purchase: Date: September

Budget Range: $1500 without rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Strong Gaming (Crysis 2, Dirt 3, Battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, sound card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: Peru (my brother will bring everything for me)

Parts Preferences: Intel - Corsair - ATI - Gigabyte/Asus

Overclocking: I would if know how to

SLI or Crossfire: Yes if my budget allow it

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (51'' HDTV or 3 monitor... please recomend)

Additional Comments: The best performance I can get for the price


Thanks in advance !!!!
 

mjmjpfaff

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the hx is overpriced compared to the psu i posted since it is gold rated.

you might want 2 6970's
 

Shjnta

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Hi

You are right the hx looks overpriced, I will go fo the one you posted :)

Also I have my last 2 questions:

1. For now im planning to use single monitor (actually is a 51" HD TV) so do you think
I still should go for 2x HD 6970 ?? Or just one... I do have the money doe, if you think its worth it Ill get 2 of them :)

2. (RAM) Is 2x 4Gb better than 4x 2Gb ???
Please advice so i can make the right choise

Thank you again fo all your help
 
If you go with your HDTV, get a GTX 580 (best card for 1920x1080); if you go multiple monitors, get 2x6970s.

You want 2 sticks of 4GB RAM (2x4GB); if you get 4x2GB, you'll be spending the same amount of $$ but killing any drop-in upgrades (i.e. if you want to add another 2x2 or 2x4 kit later on). They're the same price usually, so why not get the one that takes less space? ;)
 
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heres how id do it, just so you can get a variety of opinions. i think the previous suggestions are great, but i think a dual 560ti system is a better value right now.

i also think that the z68x-ud3+ram combo is a superior value to other options, especially for someone who isnt a hardcore overclocker. From what i understand, the only difference between the z68xp-ud3 and the z68x-ud3 is virtu/quick sync, which the OP wont be making use of. The z68x-ud4 and z68x-ud3p (the names are quite confusing) have a more sophisticated voltage regulator, and some additional connectivity options, but i dont think those provide a significant advantage for this user.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689147
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662487
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049
grand total = $973