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January 16, 2012 4:13:51 PM

I wanna know.........

i3 2100
intel DH67BL mobo
8gb Gskill RAM
1GB GTX560
sata HDD 7200rpm
Cooler master 500W psu
cooler master cm 690 II casing

Does this have bottlenecks?? Specially comparing GPU and the other parts??

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January 16, 2012 4:19:30 PM

Your CPU is a little weak but it should be fine. Besides that I would need to know what resolution and quality settings you want to play on before counting the video card as a bottleneck and the rest of the system seems fine.

What is your budget?

Also, if you can wait a few months (should be three at the most) before buying then I highly recommend doing so because by then Intel's new Ivy bridge CPUs, Nvidia's Kepler graphics cards, and the rest of AMD's Southern Islands graphics cards will all be out.
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January 16, 2012 4:30:11 PM

blazorthon said:
Your CPU is a little weak but it should be fine. Besides that I would need to know what resolution and quality settings you want to play on before counting the video card as a bottleneck and the rest of the system seems fine.

What is your budget?



I already have a 24" monitor. so I'm willing play on 1080p.
above system is within my budget. it s about $750 USD...
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January 16, 2012 4:57:05 PM

get a better psu e.g. corsair builder cx 500 v2 500w or antec earthwatts 500w psu.
the core i3 might cause bottleneck in multiplayer gaming... it's otherwise a capable gaming cpu.
since your total budget is $750, can you fit a core i5 and a z68 motherboard?
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January 16, 2012 5:21:10 PM

That is a good reasonably balanced build.

If the specific games you play, can use more than 2 cores, only then perhaps a quad would be better.
But, few games actually use more than 2 cores.
Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's. Yhey used a GTX480, not so different from the GTX560.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

On the other parts of the build, here are some thoughts:

I happen to like Intel motherboards, but I think you might want a Z68 based motherboard to preserve your option to upgrade to a overclockable cpu in the future. It need not be more expensive, like this ASRock Z68M/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you love the case buy it. period.
Otherwise, there are cheaper options, and smaller options.
The Antec 200 is $50 with free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The antec illusion is $70 including free shipping(cases are heavy and expensive to ship)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A great smaller M-atx option is the case I use, the Silverstone TJ-08E at $99 or so + $19 shipping:( 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Stick with top quality psu's, like Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair, and PC P&C.
de5_roy named two good ones.

Sata hard drive prices are crazy today.
Consider a 80gb SSD for the OS and a handful of games. Add a hard drive for expansion later when hard drive prices return to normal.
Look for intel, samsung, and crucial in that order. Intel has been having rebates in the $1 per gb range so look for them.
I think they are clearing inventory in anticipation of their 520 series launch.
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January 16, 2012 11:10:45 PM

geofelt said:
That is a good reasonably balanced build.

If the specific games you play, can use more than 2 cores, only then perhaps a quad would be better.
But, few games actually use more than 2 cores.
Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's. Yhey used a GTX480, not so different from the GTX560.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

On the other parts of the build, here are some thoughts:

I happen to like Intel motherboards, but I think you might want a Z68 based motherboard to preserve your option to upgrade to a overclockable cpu in the future. It need not be more expensive, like this ASRock Z68M/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you love the case buy it. period.
Otherwise, there are cheaper options, and smaller options.
The Antec 200 is $50 with free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The antec illusion is $70 including free shipping(cases are heavy and expensive to ship)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A great smaller M-atx option is the case I use, the Silverstone TJ-08E at $99 or so + $19 shipping:( 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Stick with top quality psu's, like Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair, and PC P&C.
de5_roy named two good ones.

Sata hard drive prices are crazy today.
Consider a 80gb SSD for the OS and a handful of games. Add a hard drive for expansion later when hard drive prices return to normal.
Look for intel, samsung, and crucial in that order. Intel has been having rebates in the $1 per gb range so look for them.
I think they are clearing inventory in anticipation of their 520 series launch.



The case i have mentioned has a good airflow as i have heard. And in my room definitely heat will be a problem, Because my room temperature is about 28-30c.
So i think i'l stick with the case.
What about the power supply(http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=3738) i have mentioned? is it too weak??
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January 17, 2012 1:38:31 AM

athukoralakasun said:
The case i have mentioned has a good airflow as i have heard. And in my room definitely heat will be a problem, Because my room temperature is about 28-30c.
So i think i'l stick with the case.
What about the power supply(http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=3738) i have mentioned? is it too weak??

Coolermaster is regarded as uncertain quality.

For example, it can deliver 30a on the 12v rails which is what the graphics card needs.
That is sufficient for one GTX560.

Compare that to a Corsair 500w unit which delivers 34a and is priced about $5 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A psu is the last component you should try to economize on.
You would be better off with a cheap case that is half the price if you bought a quality psu for twice the price.
Just my opinion, no science there.

If you love the looks of the case, buy it.
Any case with two 120mm intake fans will give you adequate cooling for a single graphics card.
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January 17, 2012 6:23:23 AM

geofelt said:
Coolermaster is regarded as uncertain quality.

For example, it can deliver 30a on the 12v rails which is what the graphics card needs.
That is sufficient for one GTX560.

Compare that to a Corsair 500w unit which delivers 34a and is priced about $5 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A psu is the last component you should try to economize on.
You would be better off with a cheap case that is half the price if you bought a quality psu for twice the price.
Just my opinion, no science there.

If you love the looks of the case, buy it.
Any case with two 120mm intake fans will give you adequate cooling for a single graphics card.




Hey what about INWIN psu's???
I dont think corsair Psu;s are available in my area. Haven't seen them.

And one another thing. Does In flow to a casing should be equal or lower than the outflow??
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January 17, 2012 8:15:19 AM

Good PSUs:
Corsair, Tagan, Antec, Silverstone, Enermax and Seasonic
If you can not find Corsair, you can take a look for any one on my list.
INWIN?...never heard of it...sorry


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January 17, 2012 2:06:10 PM

athukoralakasun said:
Hey what about INWIN psu's???
I dont think corsair Psu;s are available in my area. Haven't seen them.

And one another thing. Does In flow to a casing should be equal or lower than the outflow??


According to this list,(second post) inwin is a tier 5 psu, not recommended.
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?1080...


It does not matter much if the fans draw in air, usually from the front(called positive pressure), or exhaust the air(negative pressure), usually at the rear or top.

The companion in/out area should have an area that is sufficient to match the fan capacity.
If you have both intake and exhaust fans, then you will get more airflow.

If the fan area is restrictive, you can compensate by using higher rpm fans, but at the expense of more noise.
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January 24, 2012 12:23:08 PM

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January 24, 2012 3:42:40 PM

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