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October 20, 2011 12:02:00 PM

Hello, I am building a new computer with a $600 pricetag. I first will be using integrated graphics for a couple weeks then i will later get a discrete card to save on money for now. I plan on gaming and overclocking the processor in the future.

Intel Core i5-2500K at microcenter for about 200.

I plan on going with these products for now.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 575$

In the near future I want to buy a discrete graphics card (just one, not sli or crossfire), SSD, and maybe a cpu cooler, when I get into gaming; for now they are not needed. I'm not certain on my choice of motherboard or power supply, but I definitely don't wanna upgrade/replace them anytime soon and I'm willing to spend extra to get a better one any advice? Looking for advice on motherboard in particular it seems like $105 is cheap but i cant see anything it is missing for my build. Willing to spend +$50 on better performance and more reliable version of my build.

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October 20, 2011 12:42:06 PM

Hi computadoro,

The biggest drawback of the board you picked is the single PciE x16 slot. However, since you don't want to use a multi-GPU solution, that should be just fine. ASRock is a reliable lower priced brand, and the board you have picked out has gotten good reviews.

As for the power supply, if you are willing to spend more, that's where I would do it. Antec is a good brand, but you can get better efficiency and a higher ceiling.

This is a very good power supply and it is on sale at the moment:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For long term stability, the PSU is one of the most important parts.

Do you need any advice on discrete cards, or CPU coolers?
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October 20, 2011 1:00:46 PM

Asrock is very good brand, as they use the same materials ASUS (a leading MoBo company) uses. They are just one of the newer kids on the block, so they are making it cheaper to get their name out there. Very good company for their MoBo's.

Next thing is this, being so close to Black Friday, i would wait. Many stores offer discounted prices for hardware, as well as good combo deals. This could let you get a little more bang for your buck.

Lastly, if you are looking at an i5, i would wait for Ivy to release, as they are scheduled for late this year. It should be a better performance chip (10-20% increase) and probably around that same increase for price.
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October 20, 2011 2:04:34 PM

I'll definitely spend extra on the power supply if you think I should. Not sure on what video card I will be getting yet, depends how long I can hold out before blowing my savings.

I'v read a bit about Ivybridge, seems great, but I don't think i can hold out that long it might keep getting delayed. I'll either get a new monitor or my graphics card around black friday deals so hopefully something good will go on sale then.

last question, then im solved...

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So this motherboard is Gen3 of the motherboard I thought i was getting for only $10 more.. From what I can tell the only difference is the pcie3.0 support and 2more usb2.0 in a smaller space. Is this board more reliable/stable or is it the opposite true for newer gen boards?
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October 20, 2011 2:09:55 PM

I think that is a beast of a board. Highly recommended. If you cant hold out, the i5 2500k will work best for an intel build. I highly recommend a better psu. do you have a limit on how much you can spend? and how close are you to your budget? The case is "ehh" at best, but the least of my worries until i see a better PSU. an idea of your gpu would be nice though as it give me an idea of how much wattage/amperage you need.
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October 20, 2011 2:13:34 PM

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I think that is a beast of a board. Highly recommended.


Agreed. I'd go with this one.

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I highly recommend a better psu.


I already addressed this above. With a single card, the supply I suggested will be more than sufficient. PC Power and Cooling is a great company and you can't go wrong with a 80+ Silver PSU
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October 20, 2011 2:17:16 PM

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I have never heard of a PC Power & Cooling psu recommended on any reputable site. At least not in stickies or reviews. So while it may be a good unit, i would be wary. Brands to stick to, as they have long track records are Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, and OCZ. Only thing i would recommend an HX750 as it has enough juice for just about anything, and highly reputable.
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October 20, 2011 2:23:47 PM

If i was going to go for a better case I'm sure i want an antec like
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like their style.

Not sure exactly on how much extra I can spend, depends on my paycheck tomorrow and I work hourly so I never know exactly how big it will be. My friend said to get a good power supply so i'm not hesitant to spend extra on that and don't know anything about PS's.
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II seems good.

thanks guys ill go with the Gen3 motherboard then. Hope tmrws check is fat.
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October 20, 2011 2:26:38 PM

No Problem, sounds like a quality build.

If you are done, pick a best answer so the thread can close.

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October 20, 2011 2:33:30 PM

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