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November 14, 2011 7:54:42 PM

I would like to know if all these parts wil work together and if anyone has any advice on a way to make it better for around the same price.



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XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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November 14, 2011 8:30:56 PM

You really need an after market cooler for overclocking, so add $30-50 for that.

It doesn't really list your usage, but honestly you seem to be spending excessive amounts of money on the CPU and mobo.
Asrock Z68 extreme 4 gen 3 for example would be quite sufficient at about $180-190.
Then unless you do video encoding, you would be just as well off with i5 2500k, saving yet another $100.

Which would then leave you with about $220-230 to spare, that nicely gets you an upgrade for the video card, like 6950 or possibly 560Ti
And a 120GB SataIII SSD.

Now depending on what your usage is otherwise, with the current HDD prices you might even be able to squeeze in a 240GB SSD instead of the HDD and
SSD if the 240GB is enough space for you. Then get HDDs when the prices come down in 5-8 months to be something a little more reasonable.
Now obviously this is not for all use cases, but just throwing things out there.
November 14, 2011 8:55:42 PM

Spend $5 more and get RAM that runs at 1600 instead of 1333.
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November 14, 2011 9:23:50 PM

Looks like you just picked the most expensive parts out there to throw a computer together with... A lot of that money looks wasted. Rvilkman pretty much summed it up with a few revisions.
November 15, 2011 1:44:37 AM

I really appreciate the advice but the thing is, is I was aiming for 1,600 cause thats the most i have to spend. I have the OS, and i need to still buy a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. But like i said i have the 1,300 to spend but i would still like to get the best out of my money. Again thank you guys, and if anyone else has any info to offer, its greatly appreciated.
November 15, 2011 2:43:35 AM

What will the computer be used for? Gaming, workstation, htpc, etc... ? That'll help us determine what components will be the most efficient for your build.
November 15, 2011 3:06:59 AM

- Hard drive: Even though they're at their all time high, I wouldn't go for a Hitachi... I myself, and other can attest that they have higher failure rates than their competitors (Western Digital, Seagate). Here's one at the same price that has a better reputation: ($149.99 shipped)

- Video card: Here is a video card that would outperform the HD 6870 you've chosen for a few bucks more: ($219.99 + 7.56 shipping = $227.55)

- Power supply: For the wattage you get at $99, you can't complain... However, I've had bad experiences with these OCZ power supplies dieing after 6+ months of use (I had a 700w that died right around 6 months mark; picked up another [because they were so damn cheap] and that one died after 8 months of use). Take it however you want, but that's my experience with them. If it were me, I'd go for something along the lines of this: ($89.99 shipped)

- RAM: ($44.99 shipped)

- Motherboard: ($124.99 + 7.87 shipping = $132.86)

- Processor: ($214.99 shipped)

All of that above plus the other parts not listed (case, cd/dvd, etc) should come out to around: $1027.94

That gives you roughly $500-550 for your monitor, keyboard, and mouse which is more than plenty!
November 15, 2011 3:12:05 AM

Here is another build you can look at it one of my personal builds that I am looking at that is cheaper than your in couple areas but will still perform as much as what you threw together.

On this build there are a couple places to save if you want to and you can even keep your case if you want

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00

Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00

Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $140.00

Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $115.00

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $45.00

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $105.00

Total: $1214.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)