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November 19, 2011 10:14:23 PM

Hey guys,

I need your help on this one I am building a buckshot gaming computer and I have to builds in mind.

What would you change to improve my build and which one would you use ?

If I do get the AMD I'll probably OC it and I would like to upgrade to CF or SLI in the future.

THANKS ! :) 

INTEL'S:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

AMD'S:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
November 19, 2011 10:29:06 PM

I'm buying it this week.
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November 19, 2011 10:31:42 PM

For the intel build, look into the i5-2400.

If you have a Microcenter near you, they're only $149.99.
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November 19, 2011 10:33:49 PM

I wish, but since im from Canada, I'll have to order via Newegg bleh.
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November 19, 2011 10:40:12 PM

Are you trying planning on upgrading soon in the near future after this setup? If not, then I would try for a cheaper motherboard as you wouldn't really neeed a Z68 chipset. A simple H61 board should suffice.
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November 19, 2011 10:45:03 PM

Yes, I'll upgrade thats why I picked a z68 mobo.

Should I use a gtx 560 (or higher) or a 6850 since its an intel build ?
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November 19, 2011 10:58:37 PM

Yea, if you're planning on upgrading soon, I'll go with a solid Z68 motherboard; one that has all the features that YOU need/want. The 2100 should perform very well in most games, but if the game is cpu dependant & utilize more than 2 cores, then you might as well jump into the 2400 or 2500K now.

The 560 and 6850 should net around the same frames and doesn't matter if it's an Intel build; it's just a matter of preference on Nvidia or AMD.
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