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Check my build please?! Suggestions? First build here

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January 14, 2012 3:37:59 AM

Budget: 1000 (I went over a little on this build)

ITEMS I ALREADY HAVE, windows 7, and a 1tb harddrive. Plan on OC, use: Games, such as Skyrim, BF3 and 2. SC, maybe a little bit of WoW... and school stuff, essays, math programs such as Mathlab etc.
Reason for purchase: My macbook is falling apart, like literally, parts of plastic are dripping everywhere.. I thought why not build a gaming desktop (no I do not want a gaming laptop for portability, I can transfer my essays on a USB stick. Easy, right?)

Oh right, and before I post my build, I'm probably going to construct this moderate gaming rig in three months or so..

Also, can a windows pc run macintosh software? If so, how do you do it? Can you switch between the two...? (first time doing this, bit of a NooB-lol lost points for that hey?)

ANYWAYS, here's the build.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $179.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $22.99
Motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 $158.49
Memory Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 $34.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB $259.99
Case Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower $74.99
Power Supply Cooler Master 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $120.98
Optical Drive Samsung SH-222AL/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $22.98
Monitor Asus VS248H-P 24.0" $198.99
Keyboard Microsoft Keyboard 200

Link to the prices: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zjy

Thanks in advance.
January 14, 2012 3:55:38 AM

No, Windows computers can't run Apple/Mac software. It's more hassle than it's worth and honestly, you're better off just getting a Mac if you want Mac functionality.

I would go for a Z68 chipset board. P67 is an aged chipset and, for a new build you are really cornering yourself with a dated chipset.

Everything else looks good.

Note some people will mention hackintosh's and running OS X in a VM. I have both/do both, AND I have a MacBook Pro. I broke down and bought the MBP because working on a hackintosh or in a VM just isn't worth the hassle.
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January 14, 2012 4:04:31 AM

puttsy said:
No, Windows computers can't run Apple/Mac software. It's more hassle than it's worth and honestly, you're better off just getting a Mac if you want Mac functionality.

I would go for a Z68 chipset board. P67 is an aged chipset and, for a new build you are really cornering yourself with a dated chipset.

Everything else looks good.

Note some people will mention hackintosh's and running OS X in a VM. I have both/do both, AND I have a MacBook Pro. I broke down and bought the MBP because working on a hackintosh or in a VM just isn't worth the hassle.


Thanks! Any z68 boards you would recommend (that is, easy to work with for noobs like myself- or is it the case that should be easy to work with, OR both?)

I found this chipset: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z68vgen...

Crossfire support is preferable, want to upgrade in the future.
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