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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.


BOARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130290

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&cm_re=G.SKILL_Ripjaws_Series_8GB_%282_x_4GB%29_240-Pin_DDR3-_-20-231-314-_- 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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223&Tpk=ZALMAN%209500A-LED%2092mm%202%20Ball%20CPU%20Cooler 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?

VIDEO: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=199805&CatId=3669

OPTICAL DRIVE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&cm_re=Western_Digital_Caviar_Black_WD6401AALS-_-22-136-319-_-Product

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096&Tpk=SeaSonic%20S12II%20620%20Bronze 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.

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153&Tpk=Rosewill%20CHALLENGER

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.


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May 10, 2011 5:21:36 AM
May 11, 2011 3:46:27 AM

crewton said:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

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.
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