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    I have been researching computer parts for a few weeks now and I think I have my build figured out. I don't know a lot about computer hardware, so even with all my research I am unsure about my picks. My price range is around a thousand dollars, and I am looking to be able to play most games on high, and able to record.

    My parts are:
    -Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811129066
    -ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813157279
    -Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819115077
    -EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814130759
    -G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231314
    -Thermaltake Smart SP-630P 630W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817153152
    -Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822148697
    -Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820226236

    I am pretty set on using an intel processor, and nvidia GPU, so unless everyone overwhelmingly says change, I will still be using those companies. Feedback?
    |TG-69th|chrisweb89



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    Before I make any suggestions can i get a budget mate.
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      Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

      The part you found is pretty good already. But I would rather get a HD6870 instead of GTX 480 Femi and get i5 instead of i5

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        Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

        My budget is around 1000$, these current parts come out right at that.
        |TG-69th|chrisweb89


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        • #5
          Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

          My main suggestion would be to swap the dual core Core i3 2120 for a quad core processor like the Core i5 2500k or 2400. You'll have to allocate another $80 - $100 towards the CPU, but it's definitely worth it for getting better performance and future proofing your computer.
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          • #6
            Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

            Hey Chris tell us what games you are looking to play with this upgrade as different games take advantage of different types of hardware. Also what is the resolution of the monitor you use? I think you said at one point that you had some other desktop equipment, you might be able to take advantage of some of it if you want.



            http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817151093

            http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...scrollFullInfo

            While the power supply you listed reviews well it is a bit pricey. Check out the two units I linked above for cheaper alternatives. Both of them review well also.

            If you need to squeeze your budget to fit the CPU upgrade I would look towards the motherboard and case as places to save a couple of dollars. If you are not interested in overclocking(one of the main selling points of the Z series chipset) your processor then you can easily step down to the H series chipset to save some $$$.

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              Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

              I really don't want to spend more, right now I'm on the edge of my budget. Is there an item that I could go cheaper on and spend the savings on the CPU? With my motherboad, I think I should be able to upgrade to any of the newest intel CPUs coming out, so I was hoping that the i3 2120 would cover my needs, but if it will fall short I can find the extra money to upgrade, and keep my other components, I just don't want to.

              I'm looking to play ARMA:2, Bf2:PR, maybe BF3. I'm not quite sure on my resolution, since I'm not home right now, I think its just your average monitor. My other desktop equipment I don't plan on reusing, I'm trying to keep it all together so I can either sell it or use it for something else. I wasn't sure what I needed for a PSU, or case and their quality so I tried to stay away from the really cheap ones. I am hoping this system can be built up on, and upgraded, so I want base parts that will allow me more options later on.

              I also chose the PSU because it was in a combo that made it a bit cheaper. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDe...t=Combo.917830
              |TG-69th|chrisweb89


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              • #8
                Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                I'm going to be honest, you're going to get a much bigger performance boost if you upgrade to an i5 and drop the SSD.

                The performance difference between the i5 and i3 processors is bigger than what an SSD will give you over a normal hard drive. An SSD is an easy upgrade later.

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                • #9
                  Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                  Is the new Ivy bridge all that better, or would it be better to stick with the older sandy bridge?
                  |TG-69th|chrisweb89


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                  • #10
                    Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                    Agree with Damonte. I built my pc first then after a couple of months I bought the SSD. Your CPU has to be strong and future proof, an SSD you can pick up whenever.

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                      Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                      Ivy Bridge will have some percentage points of improvement, but I've read the power/heat will be higher on Ivy Bridge. IMO, I'd have no regrets going with Sandy Bridge.

                      I have an i7-2600k and love it. It eats everything I throw at it. Those I know with an i5-2500k feel the same way.

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                        Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                        ARMA and BF3 would both love the quad core. I would drop the SSD for a quad core, however that will mean that you will be running off one drive which will limit your ability to record gameplay. Adding another drive down the line is one of the easiest upgrades you can do and also hard drive prices decrease over time unlike intel CPU prices.

                        Ivy bridge provides a minor increase in performance at the same clock speed with reduced power usage. The internet says that it isn't quite as good for overclocking due faster heat build up when increasing voltage. I'd say if you can get Ivy bridge for the same price as the comparativly clocked sandy bridge and are NOT interested in overclocking, go for it. It isn't something to worry about too much.

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                          Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                          I do have the extra money, I was just hoping not to spend anymore, so I'm now thinking my original parts, with the i3 2120 switched to an i5 2400 or 2500. There isn't a huge price difference between the two, and I'm thinking of just spending that extra little bit to get the 2500.
                          |TG-69th|chrisweb89


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                          • #14
                            Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                            http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819116505

                            Get the 3550 instead of the 2500 at the same price it performs better.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Wondering about parts for a new computer

                              why not get a 750 Hybrid ssd/hdd? or drop to a 60gb ssd? you can happily fit win 7 and several games in 60gb, and use the HDD for cache, swap, temp, and hibernate files.

                              Also, your ram is overkill... get ddr3 1333 and save some $$$ the difference is 1/2 fps at best, and most of the time less than 1fps.

                              the cpu needs to be an i5 at least, and the mobo - if you don't want to overclock - should save you some money by getting an h series.
                              Also, if you aren't going to OC, then get the i5 2380p (no oc and no graphics).. you still get 4 cores at 3.1ghz, but at a lesser price.

                              a case is a case in the end. you can get a 30 dollar case and be ok with it once it's put together. save some money there too.

                              AMD graphics offer so much more power for the same money. I would go with amd and get a 6850 all the way up to a 7850 for the same money as the 480 - which is now 3 generations old.
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