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April 24, 2011 4:20:49 AM

So this is my first time building so I just wanted some last minute advice on the parts for it.

I've already ordered the mobo, HDD, and DVD drive from Newegg. I plan on getting the PSU, case, processor, ram, and OS next week. I'll be getting the video card for it next month.

Here are the parts:

DVD drive:

LG GH24NS70

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

Mobo and HDD combo:

BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

(HDD was $10 less when I bought it)

Processor:

Intel Core i5-2400

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

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

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

Video Card:

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850

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

PSU:

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W

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

Case:

Rosewill CHALLENGER

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



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In all, including the OS, it should cost around $825
April 24, 2011 2:09:56 PM

Nice build, all parts are compatible.

I going to agree with yumyumrocks on the PSU and the RAM. On the RAM you need to get it by 4/24 or it goes back to the regular price.

a modular PSU is nice to have and that one he linked is a good one and will look nice in the case you picked out.

I will disagree with yumyumrocks on SLI/CF, not every one needs it. a lot of games don't even support it and there a stability issues with running in SLi/CF. most people are better off without the headache. (My $0.02)
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April 24, 2011 2:31:56 PM

For games i would definitely go for 4GB of RAM in favour of a small graphics (or cooling/noise reduction) upgrade.
April 24, 2011 3:32:33 PM

I agree with jerreddredd on the motherboard its really not an issue for everyone just was pointing it out because my first build I didn't notice the number of slots out of excitement lol.
April 24, 2011 4:03:22 PM

OK I've decided to get the Cooler Master PSU since it's only $4 than the one I picked when you count shipping. I was bit reluctant at first, as I've heard bad things about the CM brand of PSU.

About the ram, do I really need 8gb? I'm thinking about getting a 4gb pack and using the extra $40 on a better video card.
April 24, 2011 7:17:04 PM

If you save a bit on the RAM you can nearly afford a GTX 560Ti, thats a great value card i hear.
April 24, 2011 7:22:02 PM

leohawke said:
OK I've decided to get the Cooler Master PSU since it's only $4 than the one I picked when you count shipping. I was bit reluctant at first, as I've heard bad things about the CM brand of PSU.

About the ram, do I really need 8gb? I'm thinking about getting a 4gb pack and using the extra $40 on a better video card.



I like 8Gb of ram, granted it doesn't make games any fast, but it does cut down on swap file usage. If knocking it down to 4Gb's gets you a better GPU its a no brainer! at GTX 560Ti would be a great choice if you can fit it in the budget.
April 24, 2011 11:24:26 PM

6870 is a great card, and well priced. I think the 5850 that i linked is a far better value, however. At $140 it is a steal. In fact, i think it is the best value available. It only suffers in its crossfire scaling, and even then its still good for the price. You can view the benchmarks for several games here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...
April 25, 2011 3:46:30 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice.

After going back and forth I've decided to get the video card that genghiskron suggested.


I've also decided to get this PSU:

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

Same PSU I originally had but 100w less. I figured since I'm not overclocking or using crossfire, 600W is probably not needed.

Also it got better reviews than the other Antec that was suggested.
April 25, 2011 6:20:45 AM

leohawke said:
Thanks everyone for the advice.

After going back and forth I've decided to get the video card that genghiskron suggested.


I've also decided to get this PSU:

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

Same PSU I originally had but 100w less. I figured since I'm not overclocking or using crossfire, 600W is probably not needed.

Also it got better reviews than the other Antec that was suggested.


thats a solid pick for a PSU and your right, about not needing the extra 100w if you are not CFing. the 5850 is a good buy. Game on!
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