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New build for ~$1,200

By atrifix · 9 replies
Jun 5, 2012
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  1. System Usage: Everyday machine used for general usage/movies/surfing/etc., some 24/7 use, cpu-intensive Monte Carlo simulations (similar to Fritz), some gaming (mostly Diablo 3).

    Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

    Budget: ~1200 (1000-1500)

    Country: USA

    Overclocking: Yes

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    CPU - i5-2500k $220
    Heatsink - CM Hyper 212 EVO $34
    CPU Fan - Scythe Gentle Typhoon $19
    Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68K+ $100 ($15 MIR)
    RAM - Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 $47
    GPU - ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 $70 ($30 MIR)
    HDD - WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 $120
    Optical - Lite-On 24X $22
    SSD - Plextor M3 128GB $130 ($30 MIR)
    PSU - Antec Earthwatts Green 380W $49
    Case - CM HAF 912 $65
    Case top fan - CM Megaflow 200 $19
    Monitor - Asus 23.6" VH242H $180 ($10 MIR)
    Speakers - Logitech S-220 2.1 $25
    Keyboard/Mouse - Logitech Wireless MK260 $29
    OS - Windows 7 $100

    Total: $1,229 ($1,144 after MIRs)
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,263   +454

    I'm not sure how happy you're going to be with that GT 430. Any way for you to put more money toward that without changing your proc?
  3. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 861   +203

    Ditch the extra fan and speakers. Put that cash toward a better GPU or more solid PSU. I second with LNCpapa. I do not think the GT 430 will keep you happy for very long.
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Yeah $40 worth of fans is a bit of a waste, if you put that towards the GPU you can get a 7770 for $110. Other than that your build looks pretty good for the budget.
  5. atrifix

    atrifix TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 861   +203

    Much better. It should serve you well. But I would swap out the GTX 460 with a HD 6850. The 6850 from what I know performs better and should only be a couple of bucks more (Couple being maybe $10-15)
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    That looks a better build, you can easily max Diablo 3 with a GTX 460.
  8. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Also, save some money and ditch the Hyper 212 unless 1) you are going to overclock, or 2) you are crazy insane about noise levels. The stock heatsink works just fine. Might even allow you to jump up to a 6870, which will be cooler, quieter, and require less power than the gtx460.
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,953   +1,286

    I would recommend keeping the heatsink, IMO. its really worth losing the extra heat and noise, just helps your build feel like a really solid one.
  10. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Correction: I notice now he said he was going to OC in the original post. Go ahead and get the Hyper Evo then, it's a good idea.

    If you are willing to hang on for a couple of weeks, you are pretty much guaranteed to see a deal on the 3570k and a (better) mobo, especially if you have a microcenter or frys near you. I've seen no less than three over the last month, usually the cpu for ~220$ and a nice mobo for $50 off. Just a thought. Otherwise, looks pretty good!

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