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April 11, 2013 3:49:32 PM

Ok, so I realized I was wanting more then I wanted to pay for today. So I started over. Any input on my new build would be much appreciated. By the way this is my first build. So lets do this.

CPU/Mobo combo=http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
with an
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
I've considered going to an i3. Would this be a horrible idea?
RAM =XMS3 Series 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules)
PSu = CX Series CX750M 750 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply. not sure if this s overkill or not.
hard drive =http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
If there is a better cheaper alternative I'm all ears.

I will have to wait on the GPU. I know its the most important part for gaming, but I have an old one that will work for a month or so while I save a few hundred for a new one.

Hopefully I didn't forget anything. Oh windows 7 for around $100. best i can tell I can do this build for around $500 to $600.

One more question. May be a dumb question, but if I use my old hard drive that had XP... Will that work on new build until I can get windows 7?

An help would be awesome. Hopefully I linked everything okay.

Thank in advance for any help.

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April 11, 2013 3:55:57 PM

You might be able to use your old drive if it's a SATA drive. The ASRock Z77 doesn't support older PATA drives. You will have to format and reinstall the OS.

I would go with the i5 you linked to, it performs well and is cost effective. The board looks good. I didn't look into the memory. The PSU looks good and so does the hard drive.
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April 11, 2013 5:12:15 PM

Okay, lets look at the board you listed before and I will tell you what I like about the board.
2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. This is the newest graphics card standard. Both the slots and cards are backwards compatible.
Good Caps/capacitors. If a capacitor blows out on your motherboard it's not going to function properly for much longer.
Onboard graphics: Useful but only if you don't have a graphics card.
Supports usb3, gigabit lan and also supports overclocking: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/0/06/asrock_z77_ext...

I think the 750w powersupply might be overkill unless you plan on getting a second graphics card. This one is a bit cheaper, has great reviews and should do the trick: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-...
My advice for power supplies is not to buy cheap ones and to read reviews.

As for ram, look at your board's supported modules: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?cat=Memory&Mod...
Also pick faster ram 1866 or better. It's going to add a bit to the performance very slightly to the price.

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April 11, 2013 5:14:30 PM
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I missed the gpu question. Look here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Also, install invisible hand or a price comparison tool to your browser (firefox or chrome) and see if anyone has the item you are looking at for less. Reecently, I managed to save $40 bucks on an AMD CPU I was using to upgrade my ESXi server.
April 11, 2013 5:31:00 PM

mjmacka said:
I missed the gpu question. Look here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Also, install invisible hand or a price comparison tool to your browser (firefox or chrome) and see if anyone has the item you are looking at for less. Reecently, I managed to save $40 bucks on an AMD CPU I was using to upgrade my ESXi server.


Awesome. thanks so much for your help. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
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April 11, 2013 5:39:17 PM

No problem. Good luck with your new computer.
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