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February 1, 2012 6:30:26 AM

Hi, this is my first time posting on this site. I'm not at all tech-savy, so any advice would be appreciated. Its also my first time building a PC so if there is anything I should know of before hand please let me know. :) 




Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and the end of this week

Budget Range: < $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphic design, movies, internet

Parts I Have: Keyboard, mouse, 23'inch LED monitor, 5.1 THX surround sound speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tiger-direct

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD, Intel

Overclocking: ?

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Although the thread title said "Gaming PC," I also do a lot of graphic design work so being able to use Photoshop CS5/Illustrator/etc. efficiently is another important factor for me. A quiet PC would be nice as well. Will the build I came up below be able to handle games like Skyrim, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 without any real lag issues? Also do I have all the necessary parts and are they compatible with each other? Let me know what you guys think.





CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (95)

Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (90)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (42)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache (90)

ODD: Sony 24X Internal Sata High Speed DVD RW (19)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (55)

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (75)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (150)


Total Cost: $616 (I'm willing to go up to $650 tax included).

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February 1, 2012 8:42:21 AM

Get a i3 + H61 board. You could possibly bump upto a HD6870 as well. Check my sig.
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February 2, 2012 12:46:56 AM

Based on your guys suggestions and stuff I've been researching, this is the build i decided to go for. Please let me know what you guys think. I plan on buying all the parts within a couple of days, so I would like a finalized build.
* The price I added to the end of each part has shipping included with the total.



CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 + SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model (135)

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (70)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (42)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (85)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (60)

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (80)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (173)


Total: $645


Other concerns:
- Is everything I listed above compatible with one another and will they fit nicely within the case? I know its a pretty noob question but as I stated earlier I'm not tech savy.

- Also, I have 5.1 THX surround sound speakers that I would like to use.
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February 3, 2012 5:58:38 AM

Ok, this my final build before I start buying all the parts.


CPU + ODD: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 + ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner (200)

PSU + RAM: Corsair 600W Builder Series™ CX600 V2 80 Plus PSU and Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 PC3-10600 4GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM Bundle + another 4gb memory stick of the same model (97)

Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (55)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (50)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (153)

HD: Western Digital - Caviar GP 1TB Internal Hard Drive (44 /w best buy store credit)

Total: $599


- Is it worth shelling out of a couple more bucks for a better mobo, like this: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard . It seems like the one I listed above and this one are almost identical. What do you guys think?

- On a side note the mobo I listed in the build uses a VIA VT1705 audio chip with 6 channels. Will it be able to support my 5.1 Logitech speakers?
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February 3, 2012 7:22:47 AM

i3-2100 + GTX 560Ti will give better performance than i5-2400 and 6870.

i3-2100 $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock H61 Motherboard $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4GB Mushkin RAM $22 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500GB 7200RPM SeaGate HDD $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS DVD-RW $21 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HAF 912 $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This totals about $350 which leaves about $300 to put to a GPU and PSU.

Corsair 500w $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GTX 560Ti $209 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$637 total (without rebates).
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February 3, 2012 10:09:05 PM

Just seperate buying ram and PSU, get this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great buy for 630w and only $60. Here's the review, many say Rosewill sucks but of the older Rosewills, the the Green series was the best lineup.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881

As for the ram+GPU combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This way you can get 8gb of ram, and you'll get to CF/SLI still with the 6870. The PSU is solid too so no worries as the review proves. The Ram just remember H61 can only utilize 1333 so it won't be running at 1600.


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