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$1000 First Build Need Criticism/Opinions Before Purchase

Hi,

Basically just going for a gaming rig in the 900-1000 price range and I need some opinions/criticism :P.
Not interested in OCing
Nor SLI really
Could I skimp out on some parts to save some money?
Are they compatible?

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147153

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157236

GPU: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150521

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115074

RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820178333

Hard drive: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145299

Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236100

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986


Also was wondering if this combo was worth a shot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.810613

Any feedback appreciated :D
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  1. your mother board is for a AMD CPU, not a Intel CPU.

    you need to be careful or you will be in big trouble in your order.

    Either Pick another board or get an AMD(FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series) cpu that goes with that board you selected.
  2. mmachin said:
    your mother board is for a AMD CPU, not a Intel CPU.

    you need to be careful or you will be in big trouble in your order.

    Either Pick another board or get an AMD(FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series) cpu that goes with that board you selected.



    Thank you for the reply, wasnt to sure on the motherboard tbh. This one would be fine right?

    ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786
  3. yes, the new mobo will work with your original CPU
  4. Check out my $900 build:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    You may think you now you don't want to SLI or OC, but later on you may want to and if you do, it's nice have the option now than spend more later. Just to future-proof.

    The 560 Ti will give you a lot more performance over the standard 560 no Ti, plus you'll have a 750w that would allow SLI in the future. Instead of getting the SSD, you can get a standard hard drive. Any will do, the cheapest one like Hitachi and Seagate make a few that are in the high 70s low 80s for 500gb.

    As for the monitor, I'd save a little.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315
    OR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009261
    OR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260050

    All are nice for the price and pretty cheap compared to the Asus you've selected. But will do the job.
  5. I like the combo.
    Sure the specs of the 550Ti are not top of the line but it should work great.
    Use the money you save to get a small (64-128 GB) SSD.

    I was lucky enough to get one for X-Mas and it really helped my old system a ton.
    I ended up O/C and getting a good SATA III RAID card and my performance went up by an amazing 150%.
    I don't install any games to the SSD, but they load much faster with Windows on the SSD and the games on a better RAID.
    Remember to get Windows 7 64 bit, that is x64 with an X, a six and a four.
  6. Thanks for all the feedback!

    Updated the parts a little bit tell me what you think:

    Wishlist Number: 25959128
  7. Umm... can you post the link to the Wishlist? I can't find it under that number.
  8. aznshinobi said:
    Umm... can you post the link to the Wishlist? I can't find it under that number.


    Soz lol

    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

    GPU: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333

    Hard drive: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
  9. aznshinobi said:


    Thanks for all the help, few last questions though before I purchase:

    Are the stock case fans enough?
    Do I need any extra cables?>.>
    Andd do I really need a anti-static wrist strap to assemble it?
  10. Best answer
    Yes plenty.
    No. Should be all there.
    Nope, just don't work on carpet. You can if you'd like but you don't need to.
  11. aznshinobi said:
    Yes plenty.
    No. Should be all there.
    Nope, just don't work on carpet. You can if you'd like but you don't need to.


    Thanks a Lot
  12. Best answer selected by iBeMike.
  13. GL
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