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January 30, 2012 5:48:07 PM

Hello all.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 Weeks

Budget Range: 800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, AutoCAD

Parts Not Required: OS, speakers, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere, Newegg is nice. I also live by a Microcenter and near a Fry's.

Country: US of A, Georgia

Parts Preferences: None really, kind of partial to Intel processors but only because I've heard good things from friends.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Currently at 1920x1080, so wouldn't really like to step down.

Additional Comments: Really just looking for the best bang for my buck, would help if it ran quietly/cooly as dorm life is stressful enough as is haha!


What I've compiled:

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 164.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - 39.99

Hard Drive:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 79.99

Optical: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM - 18.99

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply - 48.99

Motherboard: MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - 79.99

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - 179.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 59.99

= 672.92 Before taxes and shipping and the like, which gives me head room for a decent monitor. What I was really looking for was guidance on whether or not this is the ideal way to go for a new build and whether these components are right for the price. Any cutting that could be done budget wise is always welcomed, too!

Thank you very much.

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January 30, 2012 5:59:47 PM

Oh heck no!, two things you needa know, ASUS Mobo's and Corsair PSU's nuff said
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January 30, 2012 5:59:48 PM

That looks OK, just a few things:

- You can't overclock on that motherboard so I would swap the i5-2500k for an i5-2400, virtually identical performance at stock and it's cheaper.

- That PSU doesn't have enough connectors for the graphics card, I would switch it for the Corsair CX-500.

EDIT: Also it may be worth adding that top 200mm fan to the case, not strictly necessary but the top 200mm fan is one of the strengths of the HAF series, they can really help, would be a shame not to use it.
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January 30, 2012 6:02:54 PM

Rockdpm said:
Oh heck no!, two things you needa know, ASUS Mobo's and Corsair PSU's nuff said


There are plenty of other good brands for both motherboards and PSU's. ASUS have been pretty shoddy in my personal experience but I've never had problems with MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock. I'm sure ASUS are fine but I wouldn't disregard other brands.

As for the PSU's, most of Corsair's are made by Seasonic who also make a lot of PSU's for Antec and XFX. They also make some under the Seasonic name. These PSU's are also good.
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January 31, 2012 3:06:50 AM

jmsellars1 said:
That looks OK, just a few things:

- You can't overclock on that motherboard so I would swap the i5-2500k for an i5-2400, virtually identical performance at stock and it's cheaper.

- That PSU doesn't have enough connectors for the graphics card, I would switch it for the Corsair CX-500.

EDIT: Also it may be worth adding that top 200mm fan to the case, not strictly necessary but the top 200mm fan is one of the strengths of the HAF series, they can really help, would be a shame not to use it.


Thanks for the replies, a couple of questions. Would this motherboard allow the i5-2500k to overclock (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... ? Also, how do you tell whether or not the power supply and the video card are compatible?
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January 31, 2012 3:09:18 AM

Nope, the H61 boards cannot be used to OC the 2500k. P67 and higher is what you need. Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 instead.
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January 31, 2012 3:17:22 AM

Asus OCs better than the Asrock boards, but Asrocks are cheaper.

I use the Asus P8p67 ws revolution and love it.

The Asus P8p67 pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Asus P8Z68 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are excellent OCers.

They cost a bit more than Asrock, but they OC better and may have a bit better quality.

Edit:

Missed the PSU question. You will want to get a PSU with enough wattage to cover your components. There are tools to gauge how much power you need from your PSU. I will try to link one unless someone beats me to it ;) 

Double edit hehe:

P8p67 pro is fine if you don't need the cpu graphics.
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January 31, 2012 3:22:19 AM

I wouldn't say they are worse. It depends on the board you get. Almost every brand has some errors in the motherboard you get.
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January 31, 2012 3:24:59 AM

Oh and many people are saying stay away from Cooler Master PSUs. I went with OCZ modular but there are other good brands out there as well.
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January 31, 2012 10:14:47 AM

Creechur said:
Thanks for the replies, a couple of questions. Would this motherboard allow the i5-2500k to overclock (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... ? Also, how do you tell whether or not the power supply and the video card are compatible?


You can't overclock with H61 motherboards, you need P67 or Z68. Z68 is recommended.

With the PSU you need to make sure you have enough wattage (500W+ in this case) and make sure it's a decent reliable brand and it has enough PCI-e connectors.
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February 1, 2012 4:52:50 PM

Thanks a lot again for all of the replies, very helpful for a noob like me! So the RAM I had selected is no longer available so I opted for this combo with a nice mobo RAM combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... So, with this mobo, a Corsair cx-500 power supply and the rest of my original parts - am I good?
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February 1, 2012 9:56:33 PM

Yeah that should be great. I just put your setup into a PSU calculator with a 4.5Ghz overclock and 20% capacitor aging and it came out at 400-450W+ recommended. The CX-500 would be a good choice.
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February 1, 2012 10:41:32 PM

Ok, Bro, Microcenter is best deal for CPUs. I say go for this:

Microcenter:
Asrock Z68 Pro3M $105
I5 2500k $180
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912 $55

Newegg:
Antec ECO 620w $70
ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM - $18.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - $39.99
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $79.99
Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" 5ms $110
Gigabyte GTX 560ti $210
-$60 Microcenter Deal

Total: $819
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February 1, 2012 10:51:22 PM

You dont really need to OC for gaming, so if you want to get better gaming performance with no OC, heres a choice.

i5 2400 $150
BIOSTAR TH67B $80
HIS 6850 $140
HIS 6850 $140
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB $85
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire $75
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL - $39.99
ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM - $18.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912 $55

Total: $784




Much better gaming performance. Actually you can overclock if you switch to the Biostar TZ68A+ for $30 more.
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February 1, 2012 10:57:01 PM

It really depends how far you overclock too. If you want to OC to 4.5, go with the first one i posted, if you want better gaming, go for the second one. A third choice is if you dont like CF and its here:

i5 2400 $150
Asrock H61Cafe $70
Hitachi $85
Antec 620w $70
Gskill ram(same as above) $40
Cooler Master Haf 912 $55
Asus DVD drive $19
EVGA GTX 570 $330

Total: $819.

Eh, if you don't mind CF, i would go for second one.
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February 2, 2012 4:11:31 AM

Thanks for the suggestions somekidxd, had already placed order by this time!

Final build:
i5-2500k
Radeon hd 6870
Hitachi 500GB
Corsair Cx-500
Asus CD Drive
Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Pny 8 GB
Sentey Extreme Division GS-6070 (I liked this tower best after browsing)

Thanks for all the help!
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February 2, 2012 4:11:41 AM

Best answer selected by Creechur.
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