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February 2, 2012 4:59:42 PM

Hey all, I've been looking at building a budget gaming rig for about 3 weeks now and I think I've found a great setup for the money. The one worry I have is if the motherboard I've chosen will cut it. I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon, since I am still quite new to the whole computer hardware scene. Here is the currently planned build:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 @3.1GHz


GPU: GeForce GTX 460

Motherboard: ASRock Z68M/USB3 micro ATX


Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3 1600


PSU: DiabloTek 550W ATX12V V2.2


Logisys Mid tower case





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February 2, 2012 5:29:49 PM

ebola28 said:
i've heard of diabltek PSU's catching fire and blowing up. wouldn't trust any build with one.

And why not go with a 6850 instead of the 460? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I've looked into Radeons a bit, from what I hear they command more power and get hotter for a negligible jump over comparable Nvidia GPUs. At least in my price range. Like I said I'm pretty new to all this computer hardware so I have been going by forum opinions and buyer reviews as well as some articles here on Tom's. Please correct me if I'm wrong on the Radeons though.


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February 2, 2012 5:35:41 PM

That actually is bogus. AMD GPUs are the less power hungry of the two.
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February 2, 2012 5:36:51 PM

I believe its backwards. Radeons usually use less power over the last two generations. The 460 requires 2x6 power connectors while the 6850 only requires 1x6, which means they use less power.

As far as heat is concerned, depends on which brand you get as to which cooler is on there. If a card needs more power, it will run hotter, so the 6850 should run cooler as well.
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February 2, 2012 5:42:42 PM

ebola28 said:
I believe its backwards. Radeons usually use less power over the last two generations. The 460 requires 2x6 power connectors while the 6850 only requires 1x6, which means they use less power.

As far as heat is concerned, depends on which brand you get as to which cooler is on there. If a card needs more power, it will run hotter, so the 6850 should run cooler as well.


Oh, ok well thanks for the info, I'll check into the Radeons a bit more :) 
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February 2, 2012 6:37:19 PM

After reading on the AMDs a bit more and comparing to the 460, I am going with the Nvidia card. Drivers are more stable and my cousin who has been a PC gamer for 15+ years recommends Nvidia over AMD GPUs. Thanks for your insight on the 6850 though. At least I learned a bit more about AMD GPUs :) 
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February 2, 2012 6:51:29 PM

driver issues are now similar among both brands. the "amd driver issue" is now over 5 years ago. Nvidia normally has better top end cards, but amd has much better budget cards for anything below a 560ti.

Either way, good luck with your build and happy gaming
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February 2, 2012 7:01:12 PM

ebola28 said:
i've heard of diabltek PSU's catching fire and blowing up. wouldn't trust any build with one.

And why not go with a 6850 instead of the 460? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I have heard the same thing about Diablotek PSUs. A good rule of thumb - any brand that spells "tech" as "tek" or "max" as "maxx" should be avoided at all costs. :lol: 
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February 2, 2012 7:17:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I have heard the same thing about Diablotek PSUs. A good rule of thumb - any brand that spells "tech" as "tek" or "max" as "maxx" should be avoided at all costs. :lol: 


Very sound advice! :kaola: 
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February 2, 2012 11:38:05 PM

I actually did a bit more research on the 6850 vs the 460 and they seems to have similar performance and the 6850 needs only 1 PCIe connector as well as taking up a lot less watts than the 460. Also found a 600W ePower PSU and figured that would be a better choice than firehazrdTEK :p  Thanks for the help guys the 6850 saved me an extra $10 so my build it down to $522!
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February 3, 2012 3:36:43 AM

ebola28 said:
Very sound advice! :kaola: 


:lol: 

I based that off Stephen Colbert's rule about how any food product that isn't spelled correctly isn't real food. I'm sure it could apply to technology as well. :lol: 
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February 3, 2012 3:40:38 AM

g-unit1111 said:
:lol: 

I based that off Stephen Colbert's rule about how any food product that isn't spelled correctly isn't real food. I'm sure it could apply to technology as well. :lol: 


Colbert is amazing!
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February 10, 2012 1:01:50 AM

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February 10, 2012 2:41:43 AM

Thanks for the vote! and goodluck with your build :D 
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February 10, 2012 7:45:50 AM

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