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First gaming system build

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January 22, 2012 6:14:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next weekend

Budget Range: 300 to 400 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, office documents, editing movies with Sony Vegas 10

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: solid brands, cuttings corners only where it is not important

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably no

Monitor Resolution: have two options, one with higher resolution, one with lower resolution (will check details soon)

Additional Comments: nothing fancy looking, functionality over appearance


Some ideas:

Case- Was thinking
Power Supply Unit- Was thinking or or
Motherboard- No idea yet
Central Processor Unit/Heatsink- No idea yet
Hard Drive- No idea yet (nothing too large is necessary)
Memory- Depends on motherboard
Graphics Card- HD 6770 or HD 5770 or similar
Sound Card- Probably will be integrated on motherboard
Network Card- Probably will be integreated on motherboard
DVD Drive- Something like on the first half of this page
Operating System- Avoiding Vista

Missing anything?

This is my first build, and I would like it to stay within 300/400 dollars or so. Thanks for your help filling in these blanks. Just tell me what you think is best for each part.


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January 22, 2012 6:29:15 PM

All those power supplies are bad. Try this one.
Your budget is way to small with software the cheapest I have been able to build one for is $380 after rebates a $50 GPU and only an Athlon ll X3. Another has been a $420 one that is better but lacks a GPU at first then later got a 560Ti.

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January 22, 2012 6:40:00 PM

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

I do think that a budget of 300-400 is a bit unrealistic and I don't see you being able to get it for that price , the price for what's listed here is 675.93 Canadian and there are a few rebates to be had but not enough to bring it down much. The sound and network chips are intergrated.

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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January 22, 2012 6:40:28 PM

That same exact coolmax V-500 was on sale locally. So some bought this ps.
Ok i was surprised. AthlonII-x2-250@3.6ghz, hd-4870 1gb card at stock clocks, the system passed prime95+furmark testing with no errors.

It has two 12volt rails, 18 amps and 16 amps, you must use both rails to power the card. The hd-4870 has two pcie power plugs on it. Some cards only have one pcie power connector, it might not work on those cards.
On another system a 939-4200+/hd-4870 512mb passed testing with a second coolmax V-500.

On both coolmax's i had to void the warranty, peel the sticker from the fan, take the rubber plug out, and put a couple of drops of synthetic motor oil in the fan bearing because the fan bearing was dry and noisy.

If you want to avoid that kind of headache, stick with corsair, antec, seasonic, ocz, silverstone.

A corsair 430 has a 28 amp 12volt rail that is more reliable than the coolmax's oddball 16amp and 18 amp rails.

You might want to consider the A6-3670K it is a quad core that overclocks fairly well and has a 320 shader gpu for now. later on when you have more money you can upgrade the video card.
January 22, 2012 7:41:14 PM

No way the i3-2100 in the hp stomps on a Intel Pentium E5800 3.2GHz.
January 22, 2012 7:48:27 PM

Don't really care about stomping , just tossing out suggestions for the OP to consider and have choices.
January 22, 2012 8:10:39 PM

Ok that's fine. Your earlier Intel Core i3-2120 build is pretty good. I just don't like the amd dual cores or core2 duo's for a new build, they are too slow.
January 22, 2012 8:28:42 PM

I don't either but unless the OP wants to increase his budget he has to settle for less or other options like refubished or really low budget parts.
January 22, 2012 8:30:33 PM

Most of all I need help with the motherboard and power supply unit. I will be able to build everything else off of these. Any ideas?
January 22, 2012 8:43:42 PM

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310

This total comes to $359.97 and I included the cpu.
March 4, 2012 1:54:45 PM

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