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November 26, 2011 4:07:15 PM

I'm building a budget computer that can be used for gaming.


Currently have these parts (just bought them yesterday on black friday):
CPU: i5-2500K ($150)
PSU: CORSAIR CX 500 Builder Series V2 ($40 after rebate)
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Pro3-M 1155 MATX ($50 for a bundle deal) But I will try to switch this for P8Z68-V LX 1155 ATX ($60 for a bundle deal) since I don't want a mATX mobo.
RAM: CORSAIR 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Dimm Kit ($25)


Buying these parts online:
dvd player: samsung ($16)
hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB ($45)
Case: Xigmatek Asguard II ($30)
GPU: Radeon HD 6870 ($160)

Do the parts works out nicely? Like the mobo can fit in case, PSU not undervolting, hard drive works perfectly fine, and RAM won't bring the whole thing down.

If you think there's anything I should swap out, let me know.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2011 4:12:02 PM
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Pretty average for a $500 computer and you shouldn't have any problems with it.

I don't see any good reason to get rid of the micro atx motherboard unless you want to x2 or more on video cards which should be unnecessary with the already good 6870 and is limited by the Corsair 500w power supply anyway.

If you insist on switching the motherboard, you should also switch the PSU since the only reason to switch is for more video cards and it would just be wasteful to have to buy 2 PSUs.

You only need 2x4GB RAM sticks if you intend to use Windows 7, if you will have XP on this then just get something with 2x 2GB RAM sticks instead, because XP won't recognize anything more than that anyway.
November 26, 2011 5:52:19 PM

Yes, I will use Windows 7.

And as for the PCI, I am using wireless internet (room's too far from router), which is why I need the extra PCI slots.

Thanks for the inputs.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2011 5:55:18 PM

What all is going to need to go in PCI slots?

There is no cheap micro atx board that I ever heard of that can't fit both a video card and a PCI network card at the same time.
November 26, 2011 6:02:15 PM

Best answer selected by wxyjac.
November 26, 2011 6:02:17 PM

Oh, nvm.

Thanks.
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