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March 30, 2012 4:23:42 PM

This is first fully custom PC build and I'd like it to work. Also, some GPU OCing would be nice :) 

i3-2100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO

Gigabyte MicroATX Intel Mobo
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PX3UYA

GeForce GTS 250
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RH09AY

Cooler Master 500W
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK

Corsair 4GB Ram
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZDJ42O

I have an enhanced IDE in the closet that I'll use till I can get a decent external, so I'm good on HD space.
I'd like to do some light gaming with this build, just 3 games initially; Portal 2, DiRT 3, and Minecraft. I've looked at videos online and it looks promising, especially for only 290 bucks :D 

Thanks in advance;
~Constellation

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a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 4:46:34 PM

That motherboard has no IDE, so you will have to have a SATA hard drive to be able to load an OS
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March 30, 2012 5:17:46 PM

im not sure about that graphics card but you can get a ati 6670 and that will run those games easy,
March 30, 2012 5:24:42 PM

Thanks guys, I didn't even see that. So if I bought a IDE to SATA converter as well, then it would work?
a c 111 ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 5:46:59 PM

Hwcompare is fake, as for your build.

Change the power supply to a corsair CX 430V2
You also should be able to get a 6670 for the same price.
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 6:34:03 PM

I wouldn't recommend an IDE to SATA adapter for 2 reasons:

1. They only seem to have a 50% chance of actually working. Been many threads that people can't get the HD to boot after using one.

2. You're seriously crippling yourself from the get go by having SATA 2 controllers and a hard drive that can run 133mbps. SATA 2 can go 3gbps. So your computer is still going to feel slow due to a bottlenecked hard drive that can't keep up.

My $.02
March 30, 2012 7:21:06 PM

scottiemedic said:
I wouldn't recommend an IDE to SATA adapter for 2 reasons:

1. They only seem to have a 50% chance of actually working. Been many threads that people can't get the HD to boot after using one.

2. You're seriously crippling yourself from the get go by having SATA 2 controllers and a hard drive that can run 133mbps. SATA 2 can go 3gbps. So your computer is still going to feel slow due to a bottlenecked hard drive that can't keep up.

My $.02

Thanks, really helpful :)  I've already broken the budget, so unless I am able to sell the old parts that were in the Dell Dimension 2400 case that I;m using for this build, which I doubt, then I'll have to stick with the shitty one till I can buy a better SATA II
Much appreciated, though.
March 30, 2012 7:23:07 PM

Don't use that IDE drive you have in the closet, stick to SATA.


That GPU isn't worth it, look into spending a little more for something like a 6770.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would be perfect for your i3, and will run all of your games nicely.

edit: just saw you were running out of budget...Don't spend the 60 on that GPU, just use your integrated graphics until you can save 40$ more for that GPU I posted above.
March 30, 2012 7:27:04 PM

Graphite946 said:
Don't use that IDE drive you have in the closet, stick to SATA.


That GPU isn't worth it, look into spending a little more for something like a 6770.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would be perfect for your i3, and will run all of your games nicely.

edit: just saw you were running out of budget...Don't spend the 60 on that GPU, just use your integrated graphics until you can save 40$ more for that GPU I posted above.

So you're saying ditch the GTS and get a HDD instead, then save up for a 6770?

And @amuffin hwcompare's fake? Damnit XD
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 7:45:24 PM

Much better, then the next step is to save for the GPU, but that will get you by much better for now!!
March 30, 2012 7:48:39 PM

scottiemedic said:
Much better, then the next step is to save for the GPU, but that will get you by much better for now!!

Awesome, and if all goes well, everything plugs in right and works?
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 7:49:06 PM

Should be just fine and dandy.
March 30, 2012 7:54:10 PM

Awesome, thank you all! One more thing - is it possible to make a hackintosh without anything but a working mac and another computer you want to turn into? (Including an external or dvd rom of course)
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 8:04:26 PM

You need to make sure the hardware you use is Hackintosh-able. Here's a link to the wiki (OSx86), they have complete lists of hardware people have used and what kext you'll need to make them work. It's a little hard to follow, since they have it seperated by each update, but you'll get the point of it!! Good luck (I had a Dell 1525 Hackintoshed and it was a pain to set up the first time, but ran sooo nice til my HD died!!)

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
March 30, 2012 8:06:05 PM

scottiemedic said:
You need to make sure the hardware you use is Hackintosh-able. Here's a link to the wiki (OSx86), they have complete lists of hardware people have used and what kext you'll need to make them work. It's a little hard to follow, since they have it seperated by each update, but you'll get the point of it!! Good luck (I had a Dell 1525 Hackintoshed and it was a pain to set up the first time, but ran sooo nice til my HD died!!)

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

you're a ******* beast. Thank you so much.
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2012 8:21:04 PM

NP
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