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April 30, 2011 8:28:17 PM


I'm trying to make this as affordable as possible while powerful enough to use as a decent gaming engine. I did not include a graphics card. I have a GT220 which I intend to use for a little while longer. I'm not sure what I'll upgrade to once I get a little more cash coming in. What would you recommend?

38 - Coolmax CTI-700B Power supply
40 - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
84 - Corsair 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - SO DIMM 204-pin - 1333 MHz ( PC3-10600 )
95 - VisionTek Xeno Pro Gaming Network adapter
220 - Intel® Core™ i5-2500
113 - H67 LGA1155 Max-16GB Uatx PCIE16 Max-16GB 4DDR3 DIMM
49 - Aerocool Vx-9 Pro Mid-Tower ATX Tower
23 - Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE
total - 670
This is the build I'm considering to use. This is my first custom computer and I'm up for any and all suggestions. I have a few questions straitup: will this be compatible? Would that VisionTek NIC be a little overboard? Is there anything major that I am missing (besides ports and disk drives which I dont consider a priority right now)

(i was advised to get a custom heatsink and 240 pin memory instead of 204 already and will take this into account)
April 30, 2011 8:35:17 PM

Sodimm = Laptop! You already got that.
Skip the sound card and get a better power supply, Antec Corsair or Seasonic are the first names that pop into my mind. Anywhere from 500watts to 650watts is plenty for your system. The onboard lan is plenty skip the Visiontek.
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May 1, 2011 7:03:17 PM

Would this ram work better?
Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
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May 1, 2011 7:24:27 PM

TheFavorite said:
Would this ram work better?
Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit

Yes.
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