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January 6, 2012 4:42:19 PM
January 6, 2012 4:57:14 PM

Relax with the multi-forum posting

That aside, I'm guessing you're trying to game with it--maybe? Do you already have a Case, DVD drive, and HDD to use? If so, which...
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January 6, 2012 4:58:56 PM

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Relax with the multi-forum posting

That aside, I'm guessing you're trying to game with it--maybe? Do you already have a Case, DVD drive, and HDD to use? If so, which...


I already have the Case, Cd drive, and 1 TB HD.
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January 6, 2012 4:58:58 PM

@OP, check your PM's.
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January 6, 2012 5:03:30 PM

Okay, still, then, if it's for gaming, what's your goal?
1. Do you want a future proof system?
2. Are you building this for a specific game, or are you even trying to game with it?
3. Do you have a budget?
4. 6GB of RAM, are you planning on running 3x2gb of corsair on a dual channel setup?
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January 6, 2012 5:07:05 PM

digitalzom-b said:
Okay, still, then, if it's for gaming, what's your goal?
1. Do you want a future proof system?
2. Are you building this for a specific game, or are you even trying to game with it?
3. Do you have a budget?
4. 6GB of RAM, are you planning on running 3x2gb of corsair on a dual channel setup?


I don't have any specific game. I don't want to pass $450. So with the MOBO and CPU that's about $370 dollars. I already have the GPU
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January 6, 2012 5:08:12 PM

No! Bad newby. You want a quality PSU (like a Corsair 650W), and I recommend a few more $$ for the 6870.
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January 6, 2012 5:13:54 PM

DXRick said:
No! Bad newby. You want a quality PSU (like a Corsair 650W), and I recommend a few more $$ for the 6870.


I already have the 6850. So I will not get a 6870. But the Rosewill Green Series is actually good quality. Everyone says it bad because they don't know much about them.
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January 6, 2012 5:40:24 PM

scienceisfun91 said:
I already have the 6850. So I will not get a 6870. But the Rosewill Green Series is actually good quality. Everyone says it bad because they don't know much about them.


then why ask us for help? seriously if your not going to be open to the majorities opinion go somewhere else.

you should avoid that power supply and get dual channel memory not triple channel.
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January 6, 2012 5:44:56 PM

The Rosewill PSU was favorably reviewed at HardwareSecrets, so it should be fine.
Still, if it were me I'd probably choose this 430W Antec Earthwatts: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for its higher efficiency and personal experience with Antec quality.
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January 6, 2012 5:48:29 PM

Yeah, you need a dual channel memory kit so you are running 2 or 4 sticks of RAM on the system, so you may just need to buy one more stick of RAM (same stick... preferably...) so you have 4x2gb of RAM. If you can link me your RAM then maybe we can get started on matching you up with one of those sticks. Also, I agree, I'd look into getting a better known PSU. Antec and Corsair are very good PSU brands. However, that PSU does seem to be okay...

Alternatives, though, would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 6, 2012 5:55:11 PM

A HD6850 does not need a monster PSU; in fact even the 380W Earthwatts would comfortably run that rig.
If the cost needs to be trimmed, a less costly mobo would be my suggestion.
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January 6, 2012 5:56:15 PM

cbrunnem said:
then why ask us for help? seriously if your not going to be open to the majorities opinion go somewhere else.

you should avoid that power supply and get dual channel memory not triple channel.


How is the Extreme3 Gen3 board?
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January 6, 2012 5:59:38 PM

scienceisfun91 said:
How is the Extreme3 Gen3 board?

I've seen it recommended often enough that if I were building a budget Intel system but wanted Z68, it would definitely be on my short list.
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January 6, 2012 6:02:00 PM

Onus said:
A HD6850 does not need a monster PSU; in fact even the 380W Earthwatts would comfortably run that rig.
If the cost needs to be trimmed, a less costly mobo would be my suggestion.


That may be true, but I'd go with at LEAST the minimum... 500w... especially if he plans to upgrade his GPU in the future to something more powerful, then you don't want to be stuck with a 380 or 430w PSU...

550-600w is a safe number to handle most cards.
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January 6, 2012 6:05:49 PM

Onus said:
I've seen it recommended often enough that if I were building a budget Intel system but wanted Z68, it would definitely be on my short list.


But do you think the gigabyte board I chose is better than the extreme3 gen3?
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January 6, 2012 6:08:28 PM

scienceisfun91 said:
How is the Extreme3 Gen3 board?


is a good mid level board. it has 7 usb ports with two usb3 ports. 6 sata ports half and half 2 and 3. what i like is it has two pcie2/3 slots. it has a back mounted cmos button to clear the cmos. overclocking wise its a middle of the line board i would say. personally i think the voltage regulator could be better. i have to run a little higher voltage to become stable and it lets about .01 volts more through then set in the bios.

its probably the best board for its price but given the choice to go back and buy a board id get the gen4 board.
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January 6, 2012 6:15:55 PM

cbrunnem said:
is a good mid level board. it has 7 usb ports with two usb3 ports. 6 sata ports half and half 2 and 3. what i like is it has two pcie2/3 slots. it has a back mounted cmos button to clear the cmos. overclocking wise its a middle of the line board i would say. personally i think the voltage regulator could be better. i have to run a little higher voltage to become stable and it lets about .01 volts more through then set in the bios.

its probably the best board for its price but given the choice to go back and buy a board id get the gen4 board.


Do you think that this board is better? : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 6, 2012 6:21:04 PM

eh i wouldnt say yes or know. based on my experience the gen3 has the exact same features and is better if your not doing extreme overclocks to maybe 4.6 and belows its better just cause its cheaper. i would buy the gen4 extreme3 before it in a heart beat if i wanted to spend 160.
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January 6, 2012 7:58:32 PM

I have used a fair number of ASRock boards, and none gave me problems. I've had to RMA one Gigabyte and another was a little flaky. The sample sizes are statistically insignificant, but my experiences have biased me in favor of ASRock. I will recuse myself as a possibly unjustified ASRock fanboy.
(Note: OTOH, I believe that being a Seasonic/Antec fanboy is entirely justified by the wealth of competent technical reviews praising them)
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