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January 18, 2012 1:29:10 AM

So this is going to be my first ever build and i have my parts picked out but im not sure im their compatible with one another. Can you guys help put me in the right direction? I want to stay within the 600$ area

EDIT!
Ok so after everything i've heard, i've changed a whole bunch of stuff so this is the NEW build tell me what you think

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg) Need to change this to make it compatible with the i3 so looking for a good h61 board.
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $571.91

!!!ANOTHER EDIT: I am continually changing my mind on cpus between the i3 and amd II x4 970, so this is the new build after everything i have heard and looked up.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.48

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January 18, 2012 1:53:11 AM

Change out the Raidmax PSU with an XFX 550w instead. Not just any 550w, I mean that kind.

The Asus CD drive in my signature towards the end is better and cheaper than the Samsung one is.

I would trade out your RAM for Crucial instead and the hard drive for a Samsung instead. The motherboard could stand to be switched out for a Gigabyte too.

Those tweaks will make the computer much more likely to work right when you first plug everything in.

The CPU and Video card are good maker/models, though.
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January 18, 2012 2:25:49 AM

Pretty good build for the price. I'd presonally go for a Core i3 + H61 build, but this is pretty much equal.

Only thing I would change is the PSU and motherboard. The Corsair CX500 is going for $45 on Amazon right now, which is a pretty sweet deal. There's also an ASUS 970 board with USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 and Quad CF, also on Amazon, going for $90.

Take a look at this as well. A complete PC build (60+ minute video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
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January 18, 2012 2:51:11 AM

No matter what you do make sure your motherboard can run a BD chip just in case those ever become a good idea. If they ever get it working you'll want to make sure you have a good upgrade path.

Yes the PSU is junk. Switch it out for a better one. The CX500 is fine, as are the XFX units. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX all have good/great PSU. Any around the 450-500W range should be fine for a 6870. Beware the Antec VP-450, stay away from that one.

Raid's idea's aren't bad. You can use what you picked. Check newegg for some of NZXTs cases. I've seen them offer some solid cases for $40 or less shipped. If you need to save some $$$. I'd also see about getting the 8GBs (2x4GB) right off the bat.
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January 18, 2012 3:09:18 AM

Raiddinn said:
Change out the Raidmax PSU with an XFX 550w instead. Not just any 550w, I mean that kind.

The Asus CD drive in my signature towards the end is better and cheaper than the Samsung one is.

I would trade out your RAM for Crucial instead and the hard drive for a Samsung instead. The motherboard could stand to be switched out for a Gigabyte too.

Those tweaks will make the computer much more likely to work right when you first plug everything in.

The CPU and Video card are good maker/models, though.


What type of samsung hardrive?
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January 18, 2012 3:35:27 AM

Zero_ said:
Pretty good build for the price. I'd presonally go for a Core i3 + H61 build, but this is pretty much equal.

Only thing I would change is the PSU and motherboard. The Corsair CX500 is going for $45 on Amazon right now, which is a pretty sweet deal. There's also an ASUS 970 board with USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 and Quad CF, also on Amazon, going for $90.

Take a look at this as well. A complete PC build (60+ minute video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls


Any specific h61? I like that route better, think the i3 will do me well
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January 18, 2012 3:45:37 AM

I just noticed this:
Uksternikolai said:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg) Need to change this to make it compatible with the i3 so looking for a good h61 board.

Motherboard and CPU are incompatible.
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January 18, 2012 3:54:37 AM

jsc said:
I just noticed this:

Motherboard and CPU are incompatible.


yeah im trying to find for a good H61 motherboard but dont know which one to choose
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January 18, 2012 3:57:08 AM

Do you want an ATX or mATX MOBO?
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January 18, 2012 12:58:06 PM

This Samsung Hard drive is 79.99 if you order it today.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is designed for laptops with a smaller physical size, but it works just fine in desktops if you mount it like any other one.

I don't see one from Samsung available with 16 mb cache, if you wanted that you could pay $5 more for this one from Seagate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

instead. If it were me, I would probably take the 2nd one that I linked for the higher cache even though it costs more.

This motherboard is ATX like the AM3 board you chose

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Z68 since that is a few years newer than H61, but it is more expensive. I would still take it over the H61, though.

If you don't want to use 2 or more video cards in the future, you could take this board instead

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which is the older H61 type, but cheaper than your original board too.

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January 18, 2012 3:41:24 PM

azeem40 said:
Do you want an ATX or mATX MOBO?

Probably an ATX that works with the i3 sandy bridge
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January 19, 2012 4:16:20 AM

I5 2400($190)

ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0)($75)

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9)($70)


Rest will be fine.
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