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November 15, 2013 3:27:00 PM

Hey everyone and again asking for "help" with a build.

With the black friday offers and such i have been constantly checking out amazon for a new on budget gaming pc as my old pc is just way too old to upgrade piece to piece. Heck im even starting to enjoy building pc, then again im just a novice in all this.

Anyway i saw this ASRock MOBO http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z75-CrossFireX-Motherboard... on offer and because i had bad experiences with ASRock mobo im really doubting in getting this, but because of the offer im as well tempted to get it. I really wish anyone could confirm how functional, good or decent this MOBO would be. Would it age well and wont "break" in just a couple of months old?

Along with it i was planning in getting this particular RAM http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T63BJM that i get the feeling it will get the job done.

As for CPU a I3-3220 or the i3-3240 in offer would at least work decently until i can upgrade it. I will be using my current GPU, an HD Radeon 6850 at least for the time being.

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November 15, 2013 3:38:18 PM

the asrock is a good board. they are pretty reliable now and are recommended by a large number of people. however i listed the one i picked as to avoid asrock for you. and 8gb dual channel ram. those with a decent case...500w psu 80+ bronze... a 7770 or gt 650ti gpu...and 500gb+ hdd then you are all set. :) 
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November 16, 2013 8:08:36 AM

NormH said:
in my opinion this is the i3 build for you... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D44M


Thanks for the suggestion and it is really sad i cant make any purchase in Newegg when theres so many good offers. I live outside of U.S.A (Panama) and the only way to ship something from inside of U.S.A is using a international courier which it seems only supports a couple of providers.

I was hoping for more opinions about ASRock boards. I want to confirm that what happened it was something unfortunate but just unlucky.

My case is big enough to fit whatever you can imagine. It is a Thermaltake Chaser MK-1.

I could get the RAM you suggested but it would be difficult to upgrade from there while if i get the single stick it would be easier.

I have yet to purchase a good PSU, waiting for better offers.

Now, about the MOBO, i found the one you suggested in amazon for $110 off $186, seems good or at least decent but ASRock one supports Crossfire and it is cheaper, again, on amazon.

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November 16, 2013 8:22:22 AM

the asrock is a great board. i have a few friends who have built off those and have had no issues. i think your previous experience was a fluke.

are you saying you were going to get a single 8gb ram and a 2nd one later? that will work but really there is no need for more than 8gb currently unless you are doing really heavy multi-tasking. that is why i suggested the 2x4gb for dual channel which will be faster overall than a single stick. but that is up to you both would do well.
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November 16, 2013 10:12:30 AM

NormH said:
the asrock is a great board. i have a few friends who have built off those and have had no issues. i think your previous experience was a fluke.

are you saying you were going to get a single 8gb ram and a 2nd one later? that will work but really there is no need for more than 8gb currently unless you are doing really heavy multi-tasking. that is why i suggested the 2x4gb for dual channel which will be faster overall than a single stick. but that is up to you both would do well.


Thought it is true that currently i wont be needing more than 8gig of RAM in the near future. Im currently in progress of becoming system engineer so who knows. In any case i dont think theres a huge difference or impact between single memory or dual. But i might be wrong.

I think i will order the ASRock board and think thoroughly about the RAM.

By the way you talking about i should get a 500W bronze certified. Think a 500W would be good enough or should i go for the 600W? Because of the in-built fan inside the case and unknow but secure further upgrading i feel like i should be getting a little bit more of extra wattage just in case.
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November 16, 2013 10:16:08 AM

I really wouldn't get an i3 for a gaming machine. i5 is very suitable, but you never mentioned what you'll use it for.
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November 16, 2013 10:16:59 AM

not a huge difference in the ram. if you will be writing code or video editing later get the 8gbx1 and another later. get the 600w in my opinion. (i like a little head room and the fan is nice). good luck with everything...sounds like you have all the info you need. :) 
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November 16, 2013 11:38:59 AM

cbarkachi said:
I really wouldn't get an i3 for a gaming machine. i5 is very suitable, but you never mentioned what you'll use it for.


I wouldnt get not even if i wanted to a i3 isntead of an i5 for gaming. But im on a short budget so and the difference from the cheapest i3 to the cheapest i5 is about $80.

Now there is something i am missing and it is what worries me the most. I have never built my own pc and by the same reason hardly ever dealed with the BIOS. Is it difficult? Is there something i NEED to know before doing so? The most i have done with the BIOS is correct the CPU clock speed.
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November 16, 2013 12:04:54 PM

rikima said:
cbarkachi said:
I really wouldn't get an i3 for a gaming machine. i5 is very suitable, but you never mentioned what you'll use it for.


I wouldnt get not even if i wanted to a i3 isntead of an i5 for gaming. But im on a short budget so and the difference from the cheapest i3 to the cheapest i5 is about $80.

Now there is something i am missing and it is what worries me the most. I have never built my own pc and by the same reason hardly ever dealed with the BIOS. Is it difficult? Is there something i NEED to know before doing so? The most i have done with the BIOS is correct the CPU clock speed.

Nope, when you put the OS disc in make sure you boot from disc though (which it should do automatically if it doesn't detect an OS in your HDD).
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November 16, 2013 12:07:23 PM

correct. you will be fine
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November 16, 2013 12:32:29 PM

rikima said:
Hey everyone and again asking for "help" with a build.

With the black friday offers and such i have been constantly checking out amazon for a new on budget gaming pc as my old pc is just way too old to upgrade piece to piece. Heck im even starting to enjoy building pc, then again im just a novice in all this.

Anyway i saw this ASRock MOBO http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z75-CrossFireX-Motherboard... on offer and because i had bad experiences with ASRock mobo im really doubting in getting this, but because of the offer im as well tempted to get it. I really wish anyone could confirm how functional, good or decent this MOBO would be. Would it age well and wont "break" in just a couple of months old?

Along with it i was planning in getting this particular RAM http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T63BJM that i get the feeling it will get the job done.

As for CPU a I3-3220 or the i3-3240 in offer would at least work decently until i can upgrade it. I will be using my current GPU, an HD Radeon 6850 at least for the time being.



I have an ASRock MOBO myself and I love it. They're functional and decent!
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November 16, 2013 12:38:45 PM

sora said:
rikima said:
cbarkachi said:
I really wouldn't get an i3 for a gaming machine. i5 is very suitable, but you never mentioned what you'll use it for.


I wouldnt get not even if i wanted to a i3 isntead of an i5 for gaming. But im on a short budget so and the difference from the cheapest i3 to the cheapest i5 is about $80.

Now there is something i am missing and it is what worries me the most. I have never built my own pc and by the same reason hardly ever dealed with the BIOS. Is it difficult? Is there something i NEED to know before doing so? The most i have done with the BIOS is correct the CPU clock speed.

Nope, when you put the OS disc in make sure you boot from disc though (which it should do automatically if it doesn't detect an OS in your HDD).


Oh. I was planning in using my current HDD. So basically i will be all about plugging it WELL and simply turn it on?

Edit: Woops. I wasnt aware of the clean windows install when it comes to a new MOBO.
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