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$700 build compatability check/critique requested.

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May 9, 2011 11:49:31 PM

Hey all,
I'm building a sub-$700 pc that will mainly be used for games and school presentations. I wanted to find out if I had any compatibility issues, and get a critique of the parts I chose. I wanna build a solid gaming pc for as least money as possible so any budget saving suggestions are appreciated.

Parts List.



RAM : This is one of the areas where I think I can shave some money off the total. Would 8gb be overkill for a gaming pc? I won't be running multiple programs often, would 4gb or 6gb do the job?

CPU COOLER: Would this be necessary to cool the quadcore? I won't be overclocking or anything. Also, would this cooler fit in the mid-tower I've picked?




PSU: Could I go for a 520w power source? I was thinking with the one graphics card maybe I could get a smaller psu to save some money.


Thanks for any feedback, I really appreciate it.

a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2011 1:07:24 AM

My only suggestion would be to go with i3 2100 and P8H67 combo $194. It would be better for gaming and a bit cheaper. Rest of your build looks great except that with my cpu+mobo suggestion you'd only be able to use 1333Mhz RAM so that again would save you 15 bucks by going with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $85.
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May 10, 2011 4:22:35 AM

Thanks to you both for some great tips! I like the price on that combo deal a lot, could you explain why the i3 2100 would be better for gaming? I was under the impression that quad-cores performed better. Thanks again for the advice.

a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2011 5:21:36 AM
May 11, 2011 3:46:27 AM

crewton said:

That gives you a little showing of the i3 2100 in action. It only has 2 cores but it also has hyperthreading giving it 4 threads to work with. Since most games only use 1 to 2 cores it doesn't suffer gaming wise.

Nice article. Looks like the sandybridge is the way to go, very surprising and informative. Maybe I'll try to work the i5-2400 into the build looks like they have package deals for that as well.