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December 24, 2010 4:26:56 PM

Need some help finalizing my first build for a budget gaming/utility desktop. I still need good suggestions for quality cheap RAM, and I'm a bit confused about what components I need to get internet access. However, it'd really help me out if you guys could take a look at the compatibility of all the parts, and let me know what you think!

Also, I'm not sure how many fans there are in this build currently. I think there are 2 that come stock with the case, then one each for the graphics card and the motherboard making 4 fans total? Can somebody confirm this for me and let me know whether or not this will be enough fans if I don't overclock?

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Looking for cheapest compatible 2x2GB DDR3 RAM, suggestions please

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Networking: Not sure what exactly I need to make sure that this desktop can access the internet, need suggestions

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 25, 2010 8:32:04 AM

Kind of a stupid question, but what part is going to connect to an ethernet cable to give this computer internet access?
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December 25, 2010 8:56:52 AM

Your motherboard has an integrated gigabit network card - you can see the ethernet amongst the other connectors.
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December 25, 2010 9:40:40 AM

I love last minute suggestions. Check out the ASRock 870 Extreme3; it's not the prettiest, but it's attractive in it's own ways. Really nice budget board.
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December 25, 2010 11:46:42 AM

errrrr Assrock (and MSI) no thankyou stick with ASUS or Gigabyte
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December 25, 2010 1:00:47 PM

If you didn't know, ASRock is a subsidiary of Asus. And while I primarily use Asus and Gigabyte boards myself, I think it's ridiculously silly to disregard all ASRock (and MSI) products based on flawed generalizations. Both ASRock and MSI produce high-quality products; you just have to know how to find them. The particular board I mentioned has actually garnered slightly better reviews than the Asus that howardcc listed. So please keep your unfounded opinions to yourself and have a merry Christmas.
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December 26, 2010 2:12:19 AM

blackjellognomes said:
If you didn't know, ASRock is a subsidiary of Asus. And while I primarily use Asus and Gigabyte boards myself, I think it's ridiculously silly to disregard all ASRock (and MSI) products based on flawed generalizations. Both ASRock and MSI produce high-quality products; you just have to know how to find them. The particular board I mentioned has actually garnered slightly better reviews than the Asus that howardcc listed. So please keep your unfounded opinions to yourself and have a merry Christmas.



Can you explain to me why the general opinion is that MSI and maybe ASRock aren't as reliable as Asus or Gigabyte? I've heard this a lot and I'm not exactly sure why.

And hopefully the rest of this build is looking compatible? Any opinions on the RAM listed earlier in the thread Still nervous about it, first build etc... :( 
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December 26, 2010 2:19:38 AM

Also can somebody explain the pros/cons between the board I listed and the AsRock 870?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Found this on the reviews, not sure if this is accurate OR if I need an IDE drive connection or what SAT ports are for -.-

"Cons: The only thing this board doesn't have that the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 does, is:
a) IDE drive connection
b) one less SATA port for a total of 5 instead of 6
If you don't need either of those, BUY THIS board and save yourself some dough."

Thanks for all the help so far guys, and Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!
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December 26, 2010 5:46:45 AM

howardcc said:
Can you explain to me why the general opinion is that MSI and maybe ASRock aren't as reliable as Asus or Gigabyte? I've heard this a lot and I'm not exactly sure why.

And hopefully the rest of this build is looking compatible? Any opinions on the RAM listed earlier in the thread Still nervous about it, first build etc... :( 
When ASRock launched, they were to Asus what Toyota is to Lexus. I'm not making a comment about reliability; I'm only saying that ASRock was simply more value-oriented. Since then, they've come to offer higher end products as well. But the company is still associated with cheaper products, and people tend to equate cheapness with low quality - which isn't always the case. On the other hand, ASRock does cut corners in order to keep prices low. Mainly we see that in their shorter warranties; their mobos generally have 1 year warranties.
MSI's similarly a value-oriented brand. I'd say ASRock's products marginally surpass MSI's in quality, but again that's just a generalization.

The build is looking finee. As far as RAM goes, G Skill and Corsair are often favorites, but as with mobos, you should judge RAM sets on a case-by-case basis. Mushin, Crucial, and Patriot also have decent RAM overall. Read up on Newegg reviews before purchasing.

howardcc said:
Also can somebody explain the pros/cons between the board I listed and the AsRock 870?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Found this on the reviews, not sure if this is accurate OR if I need an IDE drive connection or what SAT ports are for -.-

"Cons: The only thing this board doesn't have that the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 does, is:
a) IDE drive connection
b) one less SATA port for a total of 5 instead of 6
If you don't need either of those, BUY THIS board and save yourself some dough."

Thanks for all the help so far guys, and Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!
The Asus' pros: 10 phase VRM, 3 year manufacturer warranty, IDE (PATA) connection, aesthetics
Its cons: older chipset, no USB3, no SATA3, no eSATA3 (negligible), slightly higher price
The ASRock's pros: newer chipset, USB3, SATA3, eSATA3, slightly lower price
Its cons: 4+1 phase VRM, 1 year warranty, no IDE connection (negligible)

The ASRock's 4+1 VRM power design will probably be a non-issue with the 955, unless you're planning to OC past ~3.6GHz on the stock cooler.
IDE is an older interface mainly for ODDs and HDDs. SATA, the current interface, has made it obsolete. For now, just think of it as the connection between your drives and your mobo. Be sure to avoid IDE drives when purchasing - they only remain on the market for people with ancient PCs.

Personally, I think that the ASRock's greater support for newer interfaces outweighs the lack of a 3+ year warranty, considering it's positive reviews, but you may feel differently.
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December 26, 2010 1:58:20 PM

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