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December 21, 2011 9:58:30 PM

Hi I'm new to building computers and I'm about to receive some parts from my friend to build a new computer.
Here's the parts:
GPU- HD 5850
CPU- AMD 965
Intel 80gb SSD
G.Skill 4GB Ram

I'm thinking about buying these parts:
Case- CM 690ii advanced
PSU- need help with this, is a 650w psu gonna be ok?
Motherboard- Biostar 990fx ($110)

What else would I need to complete this build? (besides monitor,mouse,keyboard)
Is the motherboard ok for the amd 965?

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December 21, 2011 10:28:09 PM

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Hi I'm new to building computers and I'm about to receive some parts from my friend to build a new computer.
Here's the parts:
GPU- HD 5850
CPU- AMD 965
Intel 80gb SSD
G.Skill 4GB Ram


So these are the existing parts you already have or are planning on using?

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I'm thinking about buying these parts:
Case- CM 690ii advanced
PSU- need help with this, is a 650w psu gonna be ok?
Motherboard- Biostar 990fx ($110)


650 PSU will be more than ample. Actually for this one you could probably get by with a 600. Try this one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: The CM690II is good for the money but the Corsair Carbide and Arc MIDI would be better choices for the money.

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What else would I need to complete this build? (besides monitor,mouse,keyboard)
Is the motherboard ok for the amd 965?


Yes but Biostar is a terrible brand. There's way better brands out there for the money. I'd suggest:

- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (same board I have) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Asrock 970 Extreme 3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Asus M5A99X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll also need a fan - I'd suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
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December 21, 2011 10:29:47 PM

ok, but is biostar really that bad? My friend is using it and he said it's fine.
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December 21, 2011 10:32:12 PM

cheeseburger said:
ok, but is biostar really that bad? My friend is using it and he said it's fine.


I've built a lot of different systems and used a lot of different boards - in my experience Gigabyte, Asus, and Intel seem to be the best from what I've used. I haven't tried Asrock or ECS yet but I've used Biostar and MSI and they've both failed on me within days of owning them. The MSI board I was using (870A-G45) died after three days and I wound up sending it back to Newegg for an Asus board.
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December 21, 2011 10:33:37 PM

you can find a nice list of PSU's on this site :) 
its ranged from 600W~700W on that page, so im sure you can find what youre looking for!
http://www.eio.com/c-292-power-supplies.aspx

motherboard wise, ive always been a big fan of ASUS boards. look into it ;) 
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December 21, 2011 11:24:52 PM

I have to agree with others on here- go with a different brand motherboard I have a gigabyte that I'm very pleased with, I had a MSI one before that died in like a month.
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December 22, 2011 12:48:19 AM

i was using the same msi board as you and it still works now one yaer and counting
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December 22, 2011 8:18:41 PM

will this build be able to play most game's decently? primarily starcraft II and the upcoming DOTA 2
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December 22, 2011 9:21:17 PM

cheeseburger said:
will this build be able to play most game's decently? primarily starcraft II and the upcoming DOTA 2


Yeah absolutely. Blizzard games aren't as resource-intensive as a lot of games are. It will handle it fine.

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I have to agree with others on here- go with a different brand motherboard I have a gigabyte that I'm very pleased with, I had a MSI one before that died in like a month.


I agree, I have two systems, and both have Gigabyte boards (one Z68, the other AMD 990FX) and I've been very pleased with both as well.
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