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Double check on $500 gaming pc (are these parts good + compatiable)

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January 28, 2012 6:10:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week( probably going to wait for some parts to have specials)

Budget Range: <500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (just needs to be able to run starcraft 2 basically)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, microcenter, frys(i have a 100$ giftcard there)

Country: US

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I would be getting a new one.

Additional Comments: I just wanted to double check to make sure these parts were compatiable. Also, if you see a part that could be easily upgraded or one that isn't very good, feel free to let me know (I am relatively new to building my own pcs). Thanks

ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$24 after MIR and promocode

Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
$150 after MIR

Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz Boxed Processor

$50 after MIR

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

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
$21 (no "heat spread". will that make much of a difference? should i shell out the extra 9 bucks to get "heat spread"?)

Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

total: 474 (without monitor and cdrom drive)

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January 28, 2012 7:57:04 AM

For Starcraft 2, a 6850 card would work just as well and save a few $. The 6850 would also not get as hot in that small case.

I would add a front fan to the case blowing in(intake). The rear that comes with it will be blowing out of course. This one has a 3 speed switch which you should be able to set on low. They are nearly silent at all speeds.

I would use the savings on the vid card to upgrade the motherboard. ECS is usually not very good, and with the low cost of that one, it is likely a problematic "get rid of 'em cheap" deal. This would serve you very well.

edit: In your case, the heat spreader on the ram would be just unseen decoration.
January 28, 2012 8:23:56 AM

I would downgrade to a 6850. A better case for $10 more would be the Rosewill Challenger-U3. Also, spend some more money on that mobo, cheap for mobos usually = bad.
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January 29, 2012 1:59:31 AM

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January 29, 2012 1:01:12 PM

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