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December 14, 2011 10:31:39 AM

I wanted to get a not to expensive gaming computer, so I decided to build one. These are the parts I intent to use:

-Intel core i5-2500k: $200
-GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3: $120
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $35
-DDR3 Kingston 4GB/1600 Mhz HyperX Genesis CL9 x2: $45
-Radeon HD 6870: $155
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 Sata 1TB 6GB/s $95
-ASUS DRW 24B3ST: $25
-OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply 600 watt: $70
-IN WIN BR665 Black SECC steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case $80

So it`s $825, which is probably going to be more because I want warranty. Now, is this a good computer build? And are there better pre-build computer for $800-$1000? I would like to know.

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December 14, 2011 10:51:23 AM

Seems like a acceptable build, but what games are you planning to play on the new rig?
December 14, 2011 10:57:46 AM

just change motherboard like asus p8z68 v-pro it's an expensive but gives you much better features and performance otherwise this is extremely good for gaming!
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December 14, 2011 11:06:48 AM

Sirrsjutt said:
Seems like a acceptable build, but what games are you planning to play on the new rig?

well, it would be great to play games like bf3 or stalker cop. I know it would be good then to have a ssd card, but I'm used to long loading times, so it's no problem
December 14, 2011 11:13:26 AM

What resolution are you playing at?
December 14, 2011 11:19:29 AM

cscott_it said:
What resolution are you playing at?

1280x1024, and I have no need for a better resolution screen at the moment
December 14, 2011 11:25:34 AM

GLowMat said:
1280x1024, and I have no need for a better resolution screen at the moment


a 6870 will scream at that resolution. A single 6850 can max out Skyrim at 1920x1080 so i think you will be plenty fine :)  But i agree with the above board, if you can afford it. Make sure to do your research on how it goes together!
a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 11:57:13 AM

No need to pay extra for the -v PRO unless you plan on getting a second graphics card. However this would also require spending a little more on a higher wattage PSU too (750w would be recommended for crossfire 6870's).

A P8Z68-v or -v LE would be perfectly fine for a single card set up.

As previously said, 6870 will be great for 1280x1024 resolution and should max almost all games with a good FPS :) 

A 500w PSU would be plenty for a single card set up using 6870 GPU too, so you could save yourself a little there with a cheaper unit. Recommended brands include: XFX, SeaSonic, Corsair, Antec.

:) 
December 14, 2011 12:15:29 PM

xtreme5 said:
just change motherboard like asus p8z68 v-pro it's an expensive but gives you much better features and performance otherwise this is extremely good for gaming!

Thx, I will think about it and yes, I know I must change the casing.
December 14, 2011 12:45:00 PM

AdrianPerry said:
No need to pay extra for the -v PRO unless you plan on getting a second graphics card. However this would also require spending a little more on a higher wattage PSU too (750w would be recommended for crossfire 6870's).

A P8Z68-v or -v LE would be perfectly fine for a single card set up.

As previously said, 6870 will be great for 1280x1024 resolution and should max almost all games with a good FPS :) 

A 500w PSU would be plenty for a single card set up using 6870 GPU too, so you could save yourself a little there with a cheaper unit. Recommended brands include: XFX, SeaSonic, Corsair, Antec.

:) 

Why are these cards worth the $60 more, actually?
a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 12:48:17 PM

GLowMat said:
Why are these cards worth the $60 more, actually?


Which cards?
December 14, 2011 1:19:29 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Which cards?

Sorry, motherboards
a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 1:30:08 PM

Motherboards tend to go up in price the more PCI x16 lanes they have.

If your considering an SLI set up, your going to want to be looking for a motherboard with x2 PCI x16 lanes.

However if you will only be using 1 graphics card, a motherboard with just 1 PCI x16 lane and another PCI lane (generally will be x4 or x8) will be cheaper than a board with x2 x16 lanes.
December 14, 2011 1:52:02 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Motherboards tend to go up in price the more PCI x16 lanes they have.

If your considering an SLI set up, your going to want to be looking for a motherboard with x2 PCI x16 lanes.

However if you will only be using 1 graphics card, a motherboard with just 1 PCI x16 lane and another PCI lane (generally will be x4 or x8) will be cheaper than a board with x2 x16 lanes.

So, if I am not going to crossfire, my original mobo is good?
December 14, 2011 1:58:33 PM

+1^^
a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 2:04:34 PM

GLowMat said:
So, if I am not going to crossfire, my original mobo is good?


For a single graphics card set up, yes, the mobo listed in your OP would be fine. Just be aware its a Micro ATX motherboard, not a standard ATX.

Doesn't make any difference performance wise, but it does limit expansion (such as adding a second GPU).
December 14, 2011 2:11:35 PM

AdrianPerry said:
For a single graphics card set up, yes, the mobo listed in your OP would be fine. Just be aware its a Micro ATX motherboard, not a standard ATX.

Doesn't make any difference performance wise, but it does limit expansion (such as adding a second GPU).

Thanks. Thats the advice I needed.
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