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January 28, 2012 1:59:14 AM

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?I...

Any feedback appreciated :D 
January 28, 2012 2:06:33 AM

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.
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January 28, 2012 2:10:18 AM

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=N82E168...
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January 28, 2012 2:28:22 AM

yes, the new mobo will work with your original CPU
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January 28, 2012 3:15:14 AM

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

All are nice for the price and pretty cheap compared to the Asus you've selected. But will do the job.
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January 28, 2012 3:49:31 AM

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.
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January 28, 2012 2:39:23 PM

Thanks for all the feedback!

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

Wishlist Number: 25959128
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January 29, 2012 12:37:10 AM

Umm... can you post the link to the Wishlist? I can't find it under that number.
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January 29, 2012 1:07:57 AM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 29, 2012 2:24:44 PM

aznshinobi said:
Looks good.

Maybe this combo instead though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


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?


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January 29, 2012 6:24:41 PM

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.
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January 30, 2012 12:51:56 AM

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
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January 30, 2012 12:52:05 AM

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January 30, 2012 5:04:55 AM

GL
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January 30, 2012 8:36:09 AM

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