Computer Building Help

Off Topic Dicussion
System type: Build your own
Budget:1,300 USD
Primary purpose: School work and gaming, must be able to run at least SC2 on Ultra
Brand preferences: No preferences
Parts you already have and will use/re-use: Keyboard and mouse
Planning to Overclock?:No

I need a new computer, the one I'm currently using is on borrowed life.
Intel Core i7 2500 $209.99
ASUS Sabertooth P67 $219.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $64.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $84.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 $119.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM $94.99
Antec EarthWatts 750W 80 Plus Power Supply $89.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner $20.99

If you do NOT need a monitor
EVGA GTX 570 SC $329.99
TOTAL $1235.91

If you do require a monitor
EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked $234.99
ASUS VH236H 23" LCD Monitor w/ Speakers $149.99
TOTAL $1290.90

If you need a monitor and are willing to go a little over your budget i would recommend the ASUS VW246H for $199 i own this and it works great without any dead pixels it would bring your total to $1340.90

Hope this helps
CPU & Motherboard: Intel i5 2500 processor & ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 Mobo (free game in the combo) - $374.98

RAM: G.Skill 8gb Sniper 1600 mhz - $84.99

GPU: XFX Radeon 6950 1gb GDDR5 - $239.99

PSU: OCZ ModXStream 700w Modular PSU - $89.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 1tb Black 7200rpm - $84.99

CD/DVD/Blu-Ray, Player or Burner: LG DVD Burner - $19.99

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $99.99

Case: Raidmax Fusion ATX Mid-Tower - $39.99

Monitor: ASUS 23" Widescreen 1080p - $169.99

TOTAL: $1204.90

There is $95.00 worth of Mail-in-Rebates in this build that are not accounted for in the above total. And the total does not include taxes (tax only if in CA or NJ at

The Motherboard is the new Z68 chipset that has all the features of both the P67 and H67 boards.
The Radeon 6950 is comaparible to the Nvidia 570 but alot cheaper and its more powerful then the 560ti but only 5 dollars more.
I chose the case because I thought it looked interesting but its something that can be changed according to personal preferance. I personally would not pay over $50 dollars for a case, the cheaper ones work just as well as the more expensive ones, IMO.
I have the same PSU and its been rock-solid, plus being modular helps with cable management.
I prefer Western Digial hard dives because all the ones I have owned have been of top quality.

Let me know if you have any questions. Good Luck!

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Wow, these suggestions are much better than my 1,300 USD pre-built. Now I just have to choose. Also, to Morg, I did =)
I would disagree with stoney about the ram
i frequently use as much as 5.5GB of ram and 1600MHz is noticably faster than 1333MHz
it is also only $40 more which is not a whole lot in the computing world
I would disagree with stoney about the ram
i frequently use as much as 5.5GB of ram and 1600MHz is noticably faster than 1333MHz
it is also only $40 more which is not a whole lot in the computing world

The issue I disagree on is the CPU, the OP stated he had no intention of overclocking and even if he wanted to leave that option open for the future, the i5-2500k is a better choice.

The i7 is faster, but there is no real noticable difference in games. It really only excels at heavily threaded programs....which SC2 is not. The $100 dollars price difference is better used toward things like a copy of Windows. I didn't see anywhere that the OP stated he had a copy of Windows or planned on using Linux, so i have to assume he needs it.,2951-4.html

Read the $200 and up page of the link above, anything over the i5-2500k is overkill / bragging for gaming as there is no real performance gain.

As to the video card Stoney recommended, I'm playing SC2 on Extreme with a Radeon 6870, so a 6950, which is a good amount more powerful, is a bit overkill at this time, why pay $200 dollars more for performance you likely wont notice unless the system requirements go way up. The money could be used to get other parts of higher quality or speed.

For me its not about getting the latest and greatest on a few parts, its about getting a powerful, balanced (price/performance) machine that will do everything I need and want...and then some.

@Stoney - You do realize that you recommended a nVidia video card and a Mobo that only supports Crossfire. If the OP decided to used 2 or more cards later on, he'd have to replace the video card instead of just adding one? Thats another perk the Z68 playform has that the older X58 had, support for SLI and Crossfire.
This is what I built about a month ago.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan -- $49.99(FREE SHIPPING)

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $164.99(FREE SHIPPING)

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -- $129.99(FREE SHIPPING)

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply -- $89.99(FREE SHIPPING)

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K -- $224.99(FREE SHIPPING)

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK -- $64.99(AR)(FREE SHIPPING)

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM -- $20.99(FREE SHIPPING)

Total cost: $745.93 + cost of choice of Hard drive

I didn't include the hard drive in this build because I had a VelciRaptor to use for it. This runs SC2 on Extreme and Ultra no problems even with playing Desert Strike.

You won't need an i7 because they provide you with 4 virtual cores. These are handy if you're going to have a bunch of VMs running but SC2 will only consume 2 cores(i5 2500 has 4 cores).

There is talk earlier in this thread about SC2 and memory consumption. SC2 is a x86 application. It will not take up more than 3GB of memory. 8GB will more than future proof your new build.

Keep in mind that SC2 is harder on the CPU than the GPU. The i5 2500 works well(I got K but am I'm not OCing).

I haven't looked into the Z67 yet but it looks very promising.
EDIT- I just realized I changed the wishlist for another forum... so I'll just list it out.

comes up to 1370

i5 2500k
EVGA superclocked 580gtx
4GB G.Skill 1600Mhz
750w corsair HX series PSU
ASROCK z68 motherboard LGA 1155
1TB 7200RPM HDD samsung spinpoint
ASUS x24 SATA DVD burner
Noctua NH-D14 CPU heatsink
HAF 912 case
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OEM

If you want to mix and match parts (like drop down on the GPU and get a better case, more RAM etc.) then I'll list some good parts you might like and you can mix and match for the performance/price you want.

If you want to save some money to get better case/RAM, get this GPU instead

and then get this RAM

and whatever case you want.

Or if you need to drop the price even more

if you get down to the 560ti, get this PSU instead. you won't need 750w for a 560ti

I just built a PC and I wish I had done this looking at what I'm managing to match up for the price. Its only like 150 more than what I built and I have a 6950 2gb and 8 gigs of RAM and a 100 dollar case, instead of just getting that 60 dollar case 4 gigs of RAM and a 580gtx, or atleast a 570gtx.

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