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 Post subject: Building a new PC, hoping to keep some old parts.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:10 pm 

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These are the components i hope to keep from my old rig. I haven't found any incompatibility issues but... i'm not sure i'm 100% infallible on such issues.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129097

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139006

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824005097

These are the components i hope to add:

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820145345
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 20-233-191
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136794
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813130576
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814162075
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115072

Thanks a lot for any help and suggestions.

 Post subject: Re: Building a new PC, hoping to keep some old parts.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:23 pm 
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Welcome to MaxPC!

Please read the Help yourself buy/build/quote sticky thread to get you started in this part of the forum. It will help us out a lot if you use the:
[url=*hyperlink*]name of part[/url]

Along with the current price of the part in the link, that why we can see your list at a glance and comment on your list easier, faster and recommend better/cheaper parts to fit your budget or requirements. Also, what do you want to do with this pc? what do you expect out of it? and what is your budget or range? what do you have now?

For your list, ram is good, cheap and reliable. The SSD is also a very good one, but honestly, shop around. At that price point you might as well get the cheaper series 3 version for $30 less which offers almost exactly the same speed (also, the 120gb series 3 was $136 two weeks ago). SSD's are coming down in price a lot lately, even the latest gen stuff, Even the Vertex 3 120gb has been seen below the $200 price. For your regular hard drive, if you want to stick to a fast 1tb, get the cheaper Samsung spinpoint 1tb 7200 drive for $60. Newegg usually offers a $10 off coupon code for it every month as what I've seen in the past 3 months.

As for your motherboard, get the z68 chipset; its basically the same price, better, newer and offers a few new notable features such as the SRT ssd drive function. SRT allows you to add a small SSD, like a 40 or 64gb ssd, to your system as a file cache drive for you mechanical hard drive. This in effect gives you a speed boost in your most used files like the OS and applications starts (the reason why you want an ssd) while retaining a large master boot drive. Look at Asrock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSi in the $110-160 range depending on what features you want.

Here's a list of mobo's I'd look at:
Asrock z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 $125
Gigabyte z68 D3H-B3 $124
Gigabyte z68 XP-UD3 $150
Gitabyte z68 UD3H-B3 $160
Asus P8z68-V Pro $195

All of those listed are very good and will probably work for you, if not overkill. All offer SLI/CF support. Personally, I'd look at the asrock Extreme 3 Gen3 and the cheap gigabyte D3H-B3. The nice thing about the asrock is that it offers the new x16 3.0 slots instead current 2.0 gen, allowing you to be ready for future video cards. It's also feature rich and packs most of the stuff higher end boards have. Asrock is owned by asus and their stuff is pretty damn good, the only thing is that their warranty is usually 2 years instead of 3. The D3H-B3 is also a great value mobo that offers a lot of features. I've used this board in a number of budget builds with much success.

As for the GPU, stay away from anything Galaxy makes. I never had any experiences with their stuff, but of what I've heard, they cheap out on components and run way hotter than reference boards from nvidia. Stick with EVGA, MSi, Asus and the likes. As far as the GTX 570 goes, I have two stock MSi 570's that run really good. I like them, but at the $340 a pop price point, they aren't worth it, Even the $300 a piece is hard to swallow. I was able to grab mine for 250 each new last week at us.ncix.com.

But honestly, take a gander at the cheaper GTX 560ti's. They are the best nvidia budget cards on the market right now. MSi GTX 560 ti Twin Frozr II OC 880mhz 1gb is $210AR at us.ncix.com. A really awesome card that performs at about 80-85% of the 570 speeds.

You can't go wrong with an Intel 2500k cpu. Shop around though, it was on sale last week for $180 at most vendors and was $150 B&M microcenter. Dead now, but you might be able to find it for $200 even. Its $215 on us.ncix.com, although it was $200 yesterday.

Alternatively, AMD's 6950 for about the same price point (can be found at $200-240) is a great value and is between the 560ti and the 570; you can also try to unlock them to the 6970 speeds and open of all of the cores to gain a nice speed boost for cheap. I'd look at the MSi Twin Frozr II 6950 for around the $270-300 price range. They are more expensive than other 6950's but they offer twice the buffer with 2GB, use military grade II components, runs way cooler than most other cards and extremely OC friendly; plus many people say they have good success in unlocking it to the 6970. I'm not sure about the cheaper Twin Frozr III 1GB model if they can be unlocked to the 6970. AMD started to laser cut the dies to prevent the unlocks on newer cards and they maybe at the cut off.

If you don't need to upgrade you pc right away, I'd suggest holding off. Black Friday is right around the corner and should offer some crazy deals, like always. Also, AMD's 8 core bulldozer should be out in a day or two. It won't affect Intel prices, but nontheless would be interesting to see how well it stacks against current i5/i7's.

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