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June 25, 2011 2:46:44 AM

Alright, So I'm new to the "Build-Your-Own-Tower" game, and I'd like some advice towards how I should go about this. I've been browsing around on Newegg for parts, granted I won't necessarily buy all of them from there. The list of parts I have is as follows (with links):

XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(This is the case I had originally chose, No power supply)

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX - $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Subtotal: $629.93

The only thing is, as I have noted, that I'll probably go with a different case completely, one with a built in power supply, as I really have no idea the specifications I would need for it to fit in a given case, and not to mention, its probably cheaper to get a case with one already in it.

I asked one of my friends who is better with computers to look over this list of parts and to give me any feedback, but he's been really busy, and I'm just tired of waiting for him to respond.

The specifications I want are basically for this computer to run a game like SC2 at maximum. Like I said, I am pretty new to this, and have no idea if I'm even on the right track for this. Also, I'm not looking to really go over $700, maybe $750 total for parts, So I'm not interested in any Intel based CPUs unless there is one comparable to the AMD one I have selected for a tiny bit more.

Any help/suggestions you guys have is greatly appreciated and I hope to learn from your wisdom. Thanks.

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June 25, 2011 3:26:13 AM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

Nice build, but you are putting money into the wrong areas. A GPU is more important than CPU. On your budget, we can easily fit a 6870.

A Phenom II is nice, but with $600+ it's hard to recommend. Here's a comparison of the i5-2400 and the Phenom 965: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=363 Pay attention to higher/lower is better. As you can see, the extra $60 is very well spent.

I prefer the HAF 912 case. It's larger/quiter/looks better.

Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's faster, costs the same, and has double the capacity for the same price.

Get a nice H67 board. It will be plenty good for your needs.

With these considerations, you will max SC2 with absolutely no problems.

Hope that helps ya ;) 

You should go 4GB of ram on your budget. Absolutely no need for 8GB.
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June 25, 2011 3:29:18 AM

Well I can see you are on a tight budget or at least not planning on spending much. The first recommendation I can give you half your RAM and spend the saved on a nicer gfx card. The 5770 is a nice card, I had it for awhile. Plays all the games out now reasonably well and its DX11.

You can probably find a better case then that at around the same price. Antec makes real nice budget cases. So doesn't Coolermaster and NZXT. All those would be better than what you have.

For a PSU, you'd be set on 650W of juice. That will cover 2 5770's in Crossfire no problem along with everything else you have. You need to buy an OS as well there buddy.

Overall, what you have is a solid budget build. You did some homework. Just ditch the 8GB of RAM, spend the saved on a 5770, and get a nicer case. Rosewill sucks
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June 25, 2011 3:32:38 AM

BohleyK said:
Rosewill sucks

Not a true statement at all. The Rosewill Challenger got the Tom's Buy recommendation in 2010. I have used one, an excellent case. I would get the HAF 912 though. But saying rosewill cases in general is not true. They have many, high quality cases on the market that I would not hesitate to recommend.
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June 25, 2011 3:35:25 AM

Note: I'm in College ATM and have access to an operating system/code though the university, I'm not worried about getting an OS for 2+ years
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June 25, 2011 3:43:45 AM

striker410 said:
Not a true statement at all. The Rosewill Challenger got the Tom's Buy recommendation in 2010. I have used one, an excellent case. I would get the HAF 912 though. But saying rosewill cases in general is not true. They have many, high quality cases on the market that I would not hesitate to recommend.


Well I'm sure they do have some nice cases out there, quality wise. I wouldn't ever buy or recommend one though as they tend to be less aesthetically pleasing than many other choices at the same price range.
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June 25, 2011 3:46:35 AM

striker410 said:

Nice build, but you are putting money into the wrong areas. A GPU is more important than CPU. On your budget, we can easily fit a 6870.

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Get a nice H67 board. It will be plenty good for your needs.



Looking at the two, might just be me being naive, the 6870 uses a PCI Express 2.1 x 16 slot, while all the H67 Mobos I see have 2.0 x 16 slots, is there a difference.. backward compatibility.. anything with the two?
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June 25, 2011 3:47:54 AM

No issues, it really doesn't matter. 2.1 is just a slight evolution. It makes no difference.
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June 25, 2011 3:50:13 AM

Wonderful,

Thanks a lot for both of your suggestions, I'll do a bit more homework on the recommended products, and probably check back whenever I get things figured out.
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July 2, 2011 12:04:14 AM

Best answer selected by cas159.
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