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Dippy Dec 22, 2012 07:02 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hey folks,

I'm looking to build a new budget gaming system and I was thinking about cannibalizing my current 6 year old setup (+upgrades), which is the following:

Antec 900 Case(old version)
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610W
nvidia nforce 680i mobo
Core2Duo E6600
ATI 4870x2
4GB old junk RAM
X-Fi Xtreme Gamer audio
WD 1TB 7200RPM HDD

So I'm thinking that I could use the case, power supply, audio card and HDD. Will that work? Do I need a new PSU?

For new hardware I want the i5 3570k, probably the GTX 660 Ti, and I'm not sure about the motherboard or RAM. How are the motherboards in the showcase bundles (heard MSI isn't great)? I don't need a ton of features or anything, just performance and something that will last.

Appreciate any advice!

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jett_k Dec 22, 2012 07:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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aslong as your psu is running fine why replace, is it 80+?
you could try this out

i would recommend some form of SSD just for OS and games(120-240GB)/caching drive(16-32GB) NCIX only offers 120GB and up from what i see... if you would like just a small caching drive check through site there must be some, if not i would recomend checking the Adata and OCZ sites to see what they offer at a lower price point, possibly check ram too to compare

PS. sorry for the modifications, first time doing product slider



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Dippy Dec 22, 2012 08:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Right! I forgot to look for/mention a SSD. Vertex looks like what I want :)

I wasn't even aware of the 80+ cert., but I believe it is. Will have to make sure.

I think I should be safe with the Lx version of that motherboard; I doubt I'll ever use SLI or need Wi-Fi.

For the Video card, would Gigabyte be the better buy? Never heard of PNY.

Thanks for the help!

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Chicoman Dec 22, 2012 08:16 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Antec 900 I never liked so I would definitely replace
Silencer 610W I would keep
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk $119.99 after the MIR
Intel Core i5 3570K $229.99
Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 8GB $34.99
Plextor M5S 128GB SSD $109.99
For VC maybe something like the GeForce GTX 660 OC DirectCU $214.29 after MIR
Doh! forgot to add the HS Hyper 212 Evo

Cheers.

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ScottWasHere Dec 22, 2012 08:18 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Personally I would stay away from OCZ for ssd's. The performance may look good in benchmarks but in the real world you won't notice a difference, they are also know to have high failure rates. I would take a look at the Crucial M4 or Plextor M5S.

For the motherboard I would spend the extra 5 or so dollars to have further future proofing.

For the video card I would recommend something from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte or an MSI Power Edition card.

Edit: Chicoman's build looks good, also take a look at the Asus 7870 for $209.99 after MIR. It is similar to the 660ti in performance while costing much less.

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JohnyBoy Dec 22, 2012 08:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Without a doubt

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Dippy Dec 22, 2012 08:38 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Good stuff. That Plextor M5S looks nice and cheap anyway; will stay away from OCZ. Heatsink sounds like a good idea too. I have to admit, the Antec 900 is a pain the way it collects dust. Any suggestions for a decent priced case if I decide to not use it?

Thanks Scott, I didn't even notice the ATX in the description. Though I still have to look into the difference. Will look at that other card as well.

You guys are fantastic.

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ScottWasHere Dec 22, 2012 08:44 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I like the clean look of the Bitfenix Shinobi for $59.99.
If you can spend a little more the Fractal Define R4 is also nice at $99.99.

But it's hard to recommend cases because everyone has a different opinion on how they should look.

Also if you have more exhaust fans than intake fans, try just adding another fan in the front. That will better prevent dust build up.

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Chicoman Dec 22, 2012 08:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Cases are personal prefs imo.
This is the kind of cases I like and use in my builds.

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JohnyBoy Dec 22, 2012 08:55 PM Reply | Bookmark
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$49.99 sales page. I like the clean but not cheap look on this one. Also, has two usb 3.0 ports on the front

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Dippy Dec 22, 2012 09:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I like those Bitfenix Shinobi cases. And that last one, Johny. Now you're just making me spend more money! Might as well buy a PSU and give someone my old gaming rig for Christmas. Haha.

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Blacknight3 Dec 22, 2012 09:04 PM Reply | Bookmark
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More in the Corsair line

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jett_k Dec 23, 2012 05:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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well what size case are you looking for? itx mATX axt eATX xlATX...

are you planning to just run it as is or possibly swap hardware? i would recomend eATX or xl because the worst that happens is it's too spacious... oh wait thats a good thing.. the azza case even has a rotatable motherboard so that you can real optimize your air flow...

here is an unbozing of azza 9000 by linus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKTS2q2oRKg[url]

Here is antec unboxing also by linus
http://youtu.be/IY5LeGb9b_A[url]

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Dippy Dec 25, 2012 01:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks again for the help everyone.

I ended up grabbing the Sapphire 7870 with the aftermarket fans when it was the daily deal. I see that Asus 660 OC Direct CU is nice and cheap now, but I'm happy with the Sapphire. I've had bad experiences with NVIDIA cards in the past.

For the rest I pretty much just picked out Chicoman's build. Was a nice deal on the ASUS P8Z77-V Lk and the i5 3570k bundle today/last night.

My Antec 900 will have to do for now, though I'll probably switch over to that nice white bitfenix shinobi eventually. I bet I'm going to want the cable management anyway once I start putting this stuff together.

Merry Christmas.

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