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December 28, 2011 2:15:54 AM

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My Case came with 3 Motherboard Standoffs, can i use motherboard with only 3? Or do i need more?
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Approximate Purchase Date: (This Weekend)

Budget Range: (e.g.: $900) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming and Streaming)

Parts Not Required: (Moniter, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com)

Country: (US)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (None)

Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920 x 1080 (25 Inch))

Additional Comments: (None)


So, im 17 just got my first job a few months ago, and finnaly seem to have enough money to make a good computer. Here is What i have(Below), what else would i need to finish this out, or something better/more cost worthy. Budget Hopefully under 900$. I already have Windows 7. Also does this all work together, i'm really new and have NO prior training/help. Need to know anything else just ask.

All on Newegg.com

CASE - $59.99 Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Four Fans - 2 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan, Support up to 6 Fans

VIDEO CARD - $209.99 GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

POWER SUPPLY - $79.99 OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

PROCESSOR - $219.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

RAM - $41.77 Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (Amazon.com)

INTERNAL HARD DRIVE - $124.99 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOTHERBOARD - $149.99 ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

DVD BURNER - $23.99 HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support

Subtotal - $930.70

I will hopefully be using this computer to play and stream League of Legends on good settings. Thanks for your help, PLEASE COMMENT!
December 28, 2011 2:27:13 AM

Welcome to the forums, take advice into consideration. The 550ti is a poor GPU, so instead get an 560ti you will see good performance. For a motherboard I would recommend Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.1.

Will you be overclocking?
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December 28, 2011 2:37:44 AM

Also, im gonna need another suggestion for the "RAM - $59.99 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR" because they are out of stock.
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December 28, 2011 2:41:04 AM

majorgibly said:
The GPU is graphics card and the 560ti is fine. You linked the motherboard and thats the one you need to get.


Yeah i confused myself typing lol, im not that dumb. Thanks though. Any Suggestions for the RAM? Preff under $60?
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December 28, 2011 2:41:22 AM

definitely go for the 560ti. you could also make the jump to the 570, 580 or the AMD Radeon 6970. the 580 and 6970 are the most powerful single-gpu cards on the market currently. i'm pretty sure the 6970 is cheaper than the 580 and is just as powerful. the 6970 comes with 2 GB of VRAM and on amazon is around $330. the GTX 580 comes in different models depending on the amount of VRAM. the cheapest has 1.5 GB of vram and costs 500 dollars.

i don't know too much about good intel motherboards as i've only built AMD computers (until ivybridge) but you want to make sure it as an "lga 1155" socket because that is the socket that is compatible with your processor. this one seemed decent and if you overclock it should handle that well: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboards-...
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December 28, 2011 2:43:19 AM

kingston hyperX ram is good, haven't had any problem with mine
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December 28, 2011 2:45:32 AM

paradoxeternal said:
definitely go for the 560ti. you could also make the jump to the 570, 580 or the AMD Radeon 6970. the 580 and 6970 are the most powerful single-gpu cards on the market currently. i'm pretty sure the 6970 is cheaper than the 580 and is just as powerful. the 6970 comes with 2 GB of VRAM and on amazon is around $330. the GTX 580 comes in different models depending on the amount of VRAM. the cheapest has 1.5 GB of vram and costs 500 dollars.

i don't know too much about good intel motherboards as i've only built AMD computers (until ivybridge) but you want to make sure it as an "lga 1155" socket because that is the socket that is compatible with your processor. this one seemed decent and if you overclock it should handle that well: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboards-...


The Motherboard u linked is "temporarily our of stock". And i would do all these upgrades, but my budget was supposed to be 900$, but it might be under $1000 now. And i want to build an Intel Machine. Nice suggestions though. :) 
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December 28, 2011 2:47:42 AM

paradoxeternal said:
kingston hyperX ram is good, haven't had any problem with mine


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($59.99 Same as my other one)
Thanks for the suggestion and looks like ill be going for this!
After those 3 changes, would that be a decent build for sub 1000?
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December 28, 2011 2:54:24 AM

Luckster said:
Also, im gonna need another suggestion for the "RAM - $59.99 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR" because they are out of stock.

Use DDR3-1600 RAM. You will not notice the difference in performance.

For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
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December 28, 2011 2:58:51 AM

Luckster said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($59.99 Same as my other one)
Thanks for the suggestion and looks like ill be going for this!
After those 3 changes, would that be a decent build for sub 1000?


it would be a decent build. sorry i didnt notice that was out of stock. and as for being an intel machine, changing the video card from NVIDIA to AMD doesn't change that. but whatever your preference is, it is YOUR money.

BTW, it would be a good idea to get 8 gigs IF you can spare it. 4 gb is ok for gaming but its always beneficial to have a bit more, plus once you need more for gaming you don't have to upgrade your RAM again. i have 16 gigs but i do heavy video editing and multitasking so i need that much. otherwise i would use 8 gigs. once again, your money, your preference.
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December 28, 2011 3:04:59 AM

paradoxeternal said:
it would be a decent build. sorry i didnt notice that was out of stock. and as for being an intel machine, changing the video card from NVIDIA to AMD doesn't change that. but whatever your preference is, it is YOUR money.

BTW, it would be a good idea to get 8 gigs IF you can spare it. 4 gb is ok for gaming but its always beneficial to have a bit more, plus once you need more for gaming you don't have to upgrade your RAM again. i have 16 gigs but i do heavy video editing and multitasking so i need that much. otherwise i would use 8 gigs. once again, your money, your preference.


Oh, still learning as you see.

And can you link me the one you would use then(RAM)? Pref. $60 or under thanks.



Also main thread updated with what i'm learning towards ATM, and updated subtotal.
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December 28, 2011 3:17:28 AM

paradoxeternal said:
this is good, and is actually much cheaper than what you found on newegg. i've found that amazon has most things cheaper than almost any other website.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX16...


Thanks alot man!
My new RAM! :) 
Well im off to sleep, if anyone else has suggestions leave them thanks!

(And updated first post with the change, and changed subtotal)
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December 28, 2011 12:20:20 PM

Just a final checkup.

Is everything compatible?

And

Is my PSU enough for the build?

Thanks!
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December 28, 2011 1:56:10 PM

Luckster said:
Just a final checkup.

Is everything compatible?

And

Is my PSU enough for the build?

Thanks!


I believe everything is compatible. Good luck!
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December 30, 2011 1:00:10 AM

Someone mentioned to me that this PSU is better than my current is it true?

$67.99 after Mail in Rebate - Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And if it is better would it work with my build?

I plan on ordering tomorrow, i'm EXCITED!
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December 30, 2011 1:06:01 PM

I have JUST ORDERED! :)  Thank you all for your help. Now to learn how to put it all together. lol
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December 30, 2011 1:13:17 PM

If you ordered the earth watts I don't think it comes with a power cable to go into the wall. Make sure you get one of those so you don't build it and find out you can't use it :) . Build looks good to me.
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December 30, 2011 1:56:52 PM

elayman said:
If you ordered the earth watts I don't think it comes with a power cable to go into the wall. Make sure you get one of those so you don't build it and find out you can't use it :) . Build looks good to me.


Nah, I didn't get the earthwatts, because no one answered when I asked. But thanks for letting me know.
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December 30, 2011 6:05:08 PM

So apperently this CD Burner doesnt come with any cables(DVD BURNER - $19.99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM).

Yes i'm too lazy to just buy some cables.

I will be returning it and buying HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support
for $23.99.
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December 30, 2011 6:46:29 PM

What cables do you need? The motherboard should come with sata cables and your power supply should come with molex or sata power cables.
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January 1, 2012 1:33:48 AM

So now i'm wanting a new monitor, because my parents are not gonna let me use there monitor forever.

Recommendations for best 1080p Monitor for less than $150 preferably?
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January 4, 2012 8:18:42 PM

My Case came with 3 Motherboard Standoffs, can i use motherboard with only 3? Or do i need more?

Cause im STUCK! :( 
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January 4, 2012 9:02:39 PM

^Can anyone please answer this?
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January 4, 2012 9:10:19 PM

Just get some more from a local computer repair store or frys. I ordered some on eBay but they took a week :) . I would not recommend using 3 as the board will not be secured and possibly grounded poorly
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