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First build,low budget looking for opinions and advice

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November 20, 2011 10:05:35 AM

CPU: INTEL CORE I3 2100, LGA1155, 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: ASUS P8H67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU :SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : any dual-channel 2x2gb mostly...
PSU: looking for advice

I want to play games on mid-max details but not on such a high res. Should i buy the 1GB Radeon 5670? I heard that because it only has 128 bits it doesn't really matter that much if it's 1gb or 512mb. I already have a case and for the moment i want to keep and old HDD which is ATA and that's why i chose that mobo. Any advice/criticism is welcome.

Thank you.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 10:11:44 AM

Depends what type of games are you gonna try and play on it
a b B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 10:46:01 AM

Depending on the games you might get by with a H67 or Z68 running this processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... using the integrated graphics.

You can buy any board and use one of these for your ATA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you will not be OC'ing the CPU I recommend the H67 platform. You can find MATX H61/67 boards for as low as $50, and get a nice one like this, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $80.

If you go with the H67 class you can use the onboard graphics until you determine that you need a discrete GPU. You can save up for a better card.

I recommend a 450 W + quality PSU from Antec, Corsair, or PCP&C like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 20, 2011 2:54:30 PM

So in other words, the Intel integrated gpu is better than the Radeon HD 5670? I am not yet sure but i might be able to put more money in and buy something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Would it be better then to go with the H67 or the P67? I still don't want to OC but i'm wondering if there are any other benefits of the P67 except regarding OC. Thank you
a b B Homebuilt system
November 21, 2011 9:07:42 AM

If your not gonna OC then dont worry about the boards OC capability cause if will be a waste of time, I would say just go for which ever board fits your budget P67 would be the better idea to go with or even better a Z68
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