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Need help finalizing a PC gaming build.

Last response: in Video Games
March 26, 2012 8:35:45 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M (REV 3.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $800.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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My main concerns are with my motherboard. I don't know if this is too good or too bad for my build. Any help is greatly appreciated.
March 26, 2012 10:10:26 PM

I am not an expert in the subject of building computers, but I have done a lot of research in the area of components. My opinion is that you get a different motherboard to support PCI-E 3.0 because that is what the new generation of graphics cards will support if you have interest in upgrading in the future. Also you might want to invest a little more in wattage for future add on as well. Other than that everything looks good to go.
March 27, 2012 3:21:20 AM

I would really change your MOBO to this one. It is only 107 including shipping. The MOBO you chose only has one slot for one GPU. Also you only get two slots for RAM.

The one I linked you two.Has two PCIe x 16 slots plus it has the 3.0 that rampkage was talking about. You should also make your CPU a i5 2500K.

Your PSU is ok for now but if you go crossfire with two of those cards you are going to need a 600w or better.But you can always later on down the line get it. Just the MOBO and a maybe CPU.

I wish you good luck on this rig. Everything else is good.