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January 6, 2012 9:16:45 PM

First time builder here, been doing a lot of research but I just want to be sure the parts I'm choosing for my budget gaming rig are compatible. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to go cheaper and still be able to run newer games on high settings. Not planning on OCing, just hoping to get the best bang for my buck.
*Edit: just noticed some more info I should add to help you guys help me out:

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month

Budget Range: $600 at the most, hopefully

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Gaming, Video watching, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, ebay

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: AMD compatible

Overclocking: not interested

SLI or Crossfire: not familiar

Monitor Resolution: no idea ^_^

Here's what I have lined up right now:

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Also are there any other parts that I would need? I have OS software already; if I put it all together and plug it in with these components should it run? Thanks for the help!

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January 6, 2012 10:05:33 PM

I would get or 8gb more RAM of what you already have, keep the GPU, sell the CPU and board and buy an LGA1155 board with a Core i5 2500.

SLi and Crossfire are when you use multiple GPUs. Such as two hd6850s instead of one. If you plan on ever doing that, you upgrade your PSU.

I recommend these boards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor resolution would be nice to know. Right click desktop, and go to monitor resolution to figure out monitor resolution in Win7 and Win Vista.
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January 6, 2012 10:06:37 PM

Hello ssoggybottomss;

No problems with parts compatibility - everything should work together nicely.
All the extra parts you'd need to complete the build (HDD and ODD SATA cables) should be in the motherboard accessory pack.
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January 6, 2012 10:07:58 PM

Looks very good; if you find a 2x4 gb kit of ddr3 for around $20 after rebate, you may want to jump on it. Frys had one the other day. But 4 gb is enough. I use ocz ps, and it's very quiet and the sleeved cables are easy to work with; not too stiff.
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January 6, 2012 10:08:32 PM

And the SATA cables are in the accessory pack.


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January 6, 2012 10:08:48 PM

Oh! I just noticed he said what he was planning on getting and not what he already had! So sorry! I would suggest getting a LGA1155 board along with a Core i3 2100.
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January 7, 2012 6:30:28 PM

Thanks for the information, guys. I'm a girl, btw. ;D

Decided to try to collect the cheapest parts I could find that might still let me do well in the gaming area, just to see how low I could go. Mostly interested in playing Skyrim, Fallout3, Sims3 on high settings - do you think these would do it/be compatible together? Thanks again for the assist!

AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply

Where it's at right now in cart it's just over $500 including shipping/tax.

Ps, I'm always worried that all the components won't fit right on a micro atx, but they're so much cheaper. Any reassurance (or words of caution) are super appreciated.
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January 7, 2012 6:34:14 PM

ssoggybottomss said:
Thanks for the information, guys. I'm a girl, btw. ;D

Decided to try to collect the cheapest parts I could find that might still let me do well in the gaming area, just to see how low I could go. Mostly interested in playing Skyrim, Fallout3, Sims3 on high settings - do you think these would do it/be compatible together? Thanks again for the assist!

AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply

Where it's at right now in cart it's just over $500 including shipping/tax.

Ps, I'm always worried that all the components won't fit right on a micro atx, but they're so much cheaper. Any reassurance (or words of caution) are super appreciated.

What is your budget? I will put together build for you. As for Micro ATX, it is just smaller than ATX, which means it usually lacks overclocking features, extra expansions slots, sometimes RAM slots, etc, but it will take all of the standard ATX components.
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January 7, 2012 6:46:45 PM

My budget is as low as possible... I'll settle at $500. I don't need all the bells and whistles in gaming, but at least medium and preferably high settings, and I definitely am not looking at OCing or very concerned about future-proofing (figure I'll play with whatever I make for a while, then sell it for a modest profit/break even and build a better one later.)
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January 7, 2012 6:49:00 PM

Will rebates be included in the price?
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January 8, 2012 2:54:26 AM

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