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January 3, 2012 9:50:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks

Budget Range: ($700-$800) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming (GTA 4, Battlefield 3, Wow, Skyrim, ect.), internet, movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd roms, and hard drives.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080

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This is my first time building a computer. I am trying to build a computer that can play most games on ultra. The parts that i have in mind are

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3+ AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA160A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As I've said, i need to keep the budget below $800. I need to know if i need to upgrade something and if i could save a little bit of money on parts. I'm most interested to know if my case will be big enough to fit everything inside of it and have decent air flow and if the ram is compatible with my motherboard. I am also not sure if i need such a big power supply. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Anonymous
January 3, 2012 10:21:26 PM

I would go for intel.
I would also go for a seasonic, xfx, corsair, or antec psu. Rosewill doesn't make good psus.
Also, you only need 650w.
The rosewill challenger is a good "budget" case. I recommend looking at other cases.
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January 3, 2012 10:34:15 PM

Go with:
Intel i3 2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Extreme 3 Z68 motherboard (allows for SLI/CPU upgrade in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 700W PSU...you're 1000W is not only overkill...even for SLI/CF, but also it is unreliable.
something like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good PNY 8GB RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks fine. I chose the i3 instead because it performs significantly better than the Phenom II x6, even though the Phenom II x6 has 4 more cores...the reason why is because games don't even utilize all the 6 cores...they use 4 at most, and the i3 can "hyperthread" which is basically turn the 2 core CPU into a 4 core CPU (by running 4 threads at once). The Z68 motherboard allows for SLI and upgrade to another CPU in the future (such as the i5 2500k or i7 2600k if you feel like it). The 700W PSU is more than enough for SLI and overclocking (if you get the i5 2500k or i7 2600k later)...the Rosewell PSU isn't going to as effective or reliable. The RAM is cheaper and yet works perfectly fine.

EDIT: everything else looks fine, also the RAM speeds (1600 vs 1333) won't make a difference, you won't be able to see the difference between the Crucial and PNY RAM.
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January 4, 2012 12:28:00 AM

Best answer selected by Melthus.
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January 4, 2012 12:33:38 AM

Thank you very much for your help. I feel you saved me from a big mistake. I changed up a few things.

OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else is the same. The motherboard that you linked was perfect and priced a lot cheaper, but it was out of stock so the one i found was the next best thing.
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Anonymous
January 4, 2012 12:44:36 AM

I wouldn't buy either of those psus...
Buy this...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a newer version and by a reputable brand.
Reason being, ocz is not as good right now and roaringdragon's the older version.

Mobo, I would go for
roaringdragon's or this...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Reason being, roaringdragon's is popular as a great value and the one I picked was recommended by Tom's for overclocking in a review.

and use the rest of your money on a better gpu.
Perhaps the 448 core version of the 560 ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2012 12:53:36 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
Go with:
Intel i3 2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Extreme 3 Z68 motherboard (allows for SLI/CPU upgrade in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 700W PSU...you're 1000W is not only overkill...even for SLI/CF, but also it is unreliable.
something like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good PNY 8GB RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks fine. I chose the i3 instead because it performs significantly better than the Phenom II x6, even though the Phenom II x6 has 4 more cores...the reason why is because games don't even utilize all the 6 cores...they use 4 at most, and the i3 can "hyperthread" which is basically turn the 2 core CPU into a 4 core CPU (by running 4 threads at once). The Z68 motherboard allows for SLI and upgrade to another CPU in the future (such as the i5 2500k or i7 2600k if you feel like it). The 700W PSU is more than enough for SLI and overclocking (if you get the i5 2500k or i7 2600k later)...the Rosewell PSU isn't going to as effective or reliable. The RAM is cheaper and yet works perfectly fine.

EDIT: everything else looks fine, also the RAM speeds (1600 vs 1333) won't make a difference, you won't be able to see the difference between the Crucial and PNY RAM.


Hah, significant when lazy devs don't optimize multithreading properly?

+1 on OPs i5 2500lk though, much better choice.
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January 4, 2012 12:57:15 AM

Thank you very much. I will definitively add that psus and motherboard. Unfortunately i just don't have enough money right now to get that graphics card. Maybe i will upgrade in the future.
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Anonymous
January 4, 2012 12:58:19 AM

kinggraves said:
Hah, significant when lazy devs don't optimize multithreading properly?

+1 on OPs i5 2500lk though, much better choice.


What are you talking about?
If you read the whole thread, his post seems pretty relevant.
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Anonymous
January 4, 2012 12:59:08 AM

Melthus said:
Thank you very much. I will definitively add that psus and motherboard. Unfortunately i just don't have enough money right now to get that graphics card. Maybe i will upgrade in the future.

Was just suggesting, the 560ti is a great card nevertheless.
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January 4, 2012 10:33:33 AM

The new OCZ PSU isn't as good, the reason is because OCZ doesn't manufacture their own PSU, but instead have other companies to it for them, and then rebrand the PSU with their name...therefore some PSUs from OCZ is better than others.
This PSU would also work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and so would this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, the motherboard is somewhat overpriced, I would go with something not over $150, like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, for king's bad hyperthreading optimization: The i3 isn't meant for extreme gaming, it's a CPU holder until he can get more money to get a better CPU such as the i5 2500k
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January 4, 2012 8:39:39 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
The new OCZ PSU isn't as good, the reason is because OCZ doesn't manufacture their own PSU, but instead have other companies to it for them, and then rebrand the PSU with their name...therefore some PSUs from OCZ is better than others.
This PSU would also work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and so would this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, the motherboard is somewhat overpriced, I would go with something not over $150, like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, for king's bad hyperthreading optimization: The i3 isn't meant for extreme gaming, it's a CPU holder until he can get more money to get a better CPU such as the i5 2500k


Spend 120 today to spend 220 tomorrow? I fail to see value in that. Just get the i5 to begin with, not everyone upgrades their CPU every 3 months.
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