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August 22, 2011 8:44:14 AM

Please critque my cheap build!

Intel i3-2120 3.3Ghz

G.Skill 4GB 12800/1600 9-9-9-24

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3

Gigabyte HD6850 OC

Cooler Master Elite 334 with 420W PSU

Win7 32-bit

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August 22, 2011 9:02:47 AM

Critique. Taking it from the top.

i3 2120 is not worth the money over a 2100.
Z68 board is useless with an un-overclockable i3.
That PSU cant run that GPU (not for long, anyway).
32bit OS wont work with 4GB of RAM.

Check my sig for a better idea of what to get.
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August 22, 2011 9:32:16 AM

+1 to Zero. How much are you looking to spend on the build anyway? What parts do you already have? What resolution are you going to play at? (more than 1024/768? if so a cheaper alternative may be AMD).
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August 22, 2011 2:18:39 PM

Great choices. IMO the i3-2120 is certainly worth the money over the 2100 if your running more than 1 high end video card, but your not.

Z68 gives you Ivy Bridge upgrade ability, future overclocking ability, and future sli/xfire ability, so might as well stick with the 2100.

The psu is cheap, but it'll work. Looks like a good build.
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August 22, 2011 2:50:36 PM

IMO, Buying a Z68 isn't a waste of money, as he can upgrade to a i5/i7 or even a Ivy Bridge processor in the future.

Get the Corsair CX430 or 500.
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