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April 4, 2013 4:20:16 PM

I was planning on getting the coolermaster haf 912 but the price went up to $69 and it doesn't have USB 3.0 but that's not a big issua at all.
Here what I chose. Ignore the case I have listed, so what is a case I can get for under $60 including shipping that has lots of space and good cooling already in it?
This is a gaming rig.

Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core $179.99
Motherboard Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 $100.00
Memory Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 $37.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.98
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB $199.99
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower $59.99
Power Supply Antec 550W ATX12V $64.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $15.98
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
Keyboard Adesso AKB-131UB

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April 4, 2013 4:30:35 PM

Fairly decent build. Seems like a lot for 4GB of RAM though. Why not just get 8 for $10 more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g186c9k...

Also you're overpaying for the motherboard, this would be better: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b75ag43 and save you $25

I really like the Antec One: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-one Fantastic case at just your price. Here's a review of it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlhclcOoUu4

EDIT: @ARICH5 it's a nice case, but it will certainly be more than $60 in the US

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April 4, 2013 4:55:49 PM

marshallbradley said:
Fairly decent build. Seems like a lot for 4GB of RAM though. Why not just get 8 for $10 more: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g186c9k...

Also you're overpaying for the motherboard, this would be better: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b75ag43 and save you $25

I really like the Antec One: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-one Fantastic case at just your price. Here's a review of it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlhclcOoUu4

EDIT: @ARICH5 it's a nice case, but it will certainly be more than $60 in the US

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I took your suggestion for the ram but the motherboard needs to be sli capable and the ram you linked me was at 1800 somthing speed which the mobo doesn't support. Srry if that's wrong but I'm a noob

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April 4, 2013 5:08:59 PM

For the price $59 free shipping should I I just stick with the coolermaster haf 912? Is it a good case?
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April 4, 2013 5:13:16 PM

The haf 912 is a good budget case. As long as you dont care about USB 3.0
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April 4, 2013 5:15:20 PM

I rarely use my USB so it's no problem at all. I've heard the haf 912 has lots of space and good cooling right?
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April 4, 2013 5:21:20 PM

Yes, if your not doing any overclocking. you shouldn't have any problems with heat.
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April 4, 2013 5:30:42 PM

Well the gpu is factory overclocked does that count?
And I can always buy more fans if I need to overclock right?
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April 4, 2013 5:32:42 PM

Yes, i recommend the 912 in a lot of my budget builds (right now it just seems to be a higher price) But yes there is room for other fans if needed.
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April 4, 2013 5:43:37 PM

Yes I found it on best buy for ~$50 free shipping so ill buy from there. Thx
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April 4, 2013 5:52:07 PM

@seth If you want it running at 1600, you can always under-clock it. It takes about 2 seconds in BIOS, and doesn't void the warranty or anything (it's probably better for the RAM, since it's running slower than it's rated for).

Alternatively you could get a better motherboard like this for about the same price (it's only $6 more after discounts): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Biostar isn't know for great quality motherboards IMHO.

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April 4, 2013 6:07:59 PM

marshallbradley said:
@seth If you want it running at 1600, you can always under-clock it. It takes about 2 seconds in BIOS, and doesn't void the warranty or anything (it's probably better for the RAM, since it's running slower than it's rated for).

Alternatively you could get a better motherboard like this for about the same price (it's only $6 more after discounts): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Biostar isn't know for great quality motherboards IMHO.

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That board has some bad reviews :/  is there anything better i can get for my money without sli or 3.0? Just need a long lasting good board that will run my build and last for a few years.

Does sli help with gaming? What exactly does it do? If I sli two gtx 660 will it be better at gaming?
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April 4, 2013 6:55:57 PM

@tenaciousk He wants to be able to SLI though, which is currently only supported by Z77.

@OP Bad reviews? On Newegg? I wouldn't really trust Newegg reviews, no motherboard manufacturer can be perfect and send out 100% boards that are not DoA or anything. The board you linked has just the same number of eggs, with plenty of 1 egg reviews as well. To be honest the Biostar is probably just as good (it did get a fairly solid review on Tom's Hardware -- so I have faith), and it can support 1866 RAM (the OC means that technically i5s don't support 1866 RAM, but everyone runs RAM at that speed and higher anyway).

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April 4, 2013 6:59:56 PM

marshallbradley said:
@tenaciousk He wants to be able to SLI though, which is currently only supported by Z77.

@OP Bad reviews? On Newegg? I wouldn't really trust Newegg reviews, no motherboard manufacturer can be perfect and send out 100% boards that are not DoA or anything. The board you linked has just the same number of eggs, with plenty of 1 egg reviews as well. To be honest the Biostar is probably just as good (it did get a fairly solid review on Tom's Hardware -- so I have faith), and it can support 1866 RAM (the OC means that technically i5s don't support 1866 RAM, but everyone runs RAM at that speed and higher anyway).

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Ok thx. Well you personally which do you think is better specufacy for my build and will last along time? And what do u do if one of the parts is broken? Do I have to buy a new one or do I get a replacement???
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April 4, 2013 7:01:43 PM

''That board has some bad reviews :/  is there anything better i can get for my money without sli or 3.0? Just need a long lasting good board that will run my build and last for a few years.''

He says here Without Sli or 3.0
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April 4, 2013 7:10:05 PM

I assumed that was an error, because earlier on he wrote:

sethwilliam said:

I took your suggestion for the ram but the motherboard needs to be sli capable and the ram you linked me was at 1800 somthing speed which the mobo doesn't support. Srry if that's wrong but I'm a noob


So please clear this up for us Seth, do you want SLI or not?

EDIT: You'll get a replacement of course! Most computer hardware comes with a 3-5 year warranty, and as long as you don't physically break it (e.g. snap it in half) yourself, they'll refund/replace it as quickly as possible. You just have to fill out a form saying what the problem is and post it back.

Personally I'm more inclined to trust ASUS (they're a bigger, more well known brand, who have very good customer service in my eyes), but both should be solid enough to last you for awhile.

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April 4, 2013 7:26:54 PM

Ok so I've decided not to go sli or 3.0 USB or overclocking just need a cheap board that can fit my current specs and be sturdy enough to last along time.
Recomendations?
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April 4, 2013 7:57:46 PM

That's the one everyone's telling me to get :)  what do I do about the ram being higher then mobo limits? Is there any smaller reaper at 1600 speed?
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April 4, 2013 8:58:23 PM

marshallbradley said:
Ah OK. My mistake, I didn't realise you'd changed your mind! The one recommended by tenaciousk (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) will suit you well (and it even has USB 3.0 if you ever change your mind, though you don't have to use it of course).

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Hey someone just told me that since the mobo only can run ram at 1600 that if I use the 1800 ram you showed me the mobo will auto adjust it so it only uses 1600 since that's the Max it supports. Is this true?
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April 5, 2013 6:51:03 AM

Yes, probably. It will either downclock it to run at 1600 or just run at 1866 without issues. You can manually set it to run at 1600 yourself as well. Either way you'll be fine. These motherboards support up to 2400 Mhz RAM, so you'll be fine.

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April 5, 2013 7:33:16 AM

Both are quality cases, it's more down to which you prefer the looks of more.

Check out a YouTube review of them, so you can get a better idea of what they look like, and how the features differ.

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April 5, 2013 7:39:27 AM

Well to me seems the had looks better, has more fans and wiring then the other for $10 more. What do you think?
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April 5, 2013 8:45:12 AM

I think you missed a word there. Go with whichever you prefer, honestly it's your case not mine. Both are fine choices which I'd be happy with.

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April 5, 2013 9:00:02 AM

Yah srry iPod auto correct changes words :/ 
I think ill go with the haf 912,
Now just need to find a mobo, I don't know why I can't just find one that I like for a good price.
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