First Time Build

Hi, this is my first time build a gaming PC. Am I missing anything? Are all of these parts compatible with one another? Will the case be the right size? And how well will this computer be able to perform on games? (Crysis 2, Starcraft 2 Ultra settings, Battlefield 3)

Thank you for your response!


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

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  1. If you don't plan on overclocking, get the H67 mobo and I don't think you'd need the hyper 212 if you're not going to OC.
  2. The 6870 isn't the most powerful GPU. It will run the games you listed, but it certainly wont max them out with a good FPS. You need to be looking at more like the 6970/GTX 580 for that kind of performance.

    With that ASRock MATX board you cant add another card, so an 850w PSU is just insane overkill. 500w is more than enough.

    If your buying the i5-2500, NOT the i5-2500k save yourself some money and go with a H67 motherboard and just use the stock cooler. Otherwise stick with a z68, slam a 2500k and over-clock the beans out of it :D
  3. Okay thanks. Which motherboard should i get?
  4. doobyScoob said:
    Okay thanks. Which motherboard should i get?

    That depends on if your getting the i5-2500 or the i5-2500k. (K is for over-clocking)
  5. You don't plan to overclock right?

    Get the H67

    Going to overclock?

    Get the z68.

  6. oh yeah, sorry i do plan on getting the 2500k. i tried editing my post but could not. :]
  7. thanks guys!
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