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February 3, 2012 5:11:51 PM

Hey everybody Just a few quick questions, and thanks to anyone reading, or answering, just taking time to scan through my problem.

Anyway Does this build look clear?

Compatible?

Ram, cpu, motherboard, graphics? all ok together?

And finally do you see any bottlenecks.

Also Considering that my cpu uses 95W, and my graphics uses 127W at full load, do you think my 500w PSU should suffice, With it being not "Top-Brand" It'll probably pump out 385W, is that sufficient? Thanks.

Please answer my questions though, too often people answer with "Replace this" then end the answer, leaving me still unresolved. Thanks a million, finally after all of this babbling here is the build.


Ram = Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 22$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MHz-PC3-10666-240-pin...

Hard Drive = Maxtor DiamondMax 16 4R160L0 160GB 5400RPM 2MB cache EIDE ATA/133 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive - w/ 1 year Warranty
35$

http://www.amazon.com/Maxtor-DiamondMax-4R160L0-5400RPM...


Case = Catalyst ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Case, Black/Red [INT-96-04R] 24$ CHEAPEST

http://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-Tower-Computer-Black-INT...


PSU= Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply (RS500-PCARD3-US) 40$

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-ATX12V-RS50...


Graphics card = Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 PCIE Video Card (100315L)150$

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-6850-Video-100315...


Motherboard= GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-Chipset-Motherbo...


Os= Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack 100$

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...


disk drive = Genuine Dell Desktop FAST SATA DVD+RW DVDRW DVD Burner Drive 16x DVD+R Write Speed 48x CD Write Speed For Any System That Accepts Full Size Optical Drive & SATA Connection 20$ (CHEAPEST)

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-Desktop-Accepts-Conn...


CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX 115$

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Black-Socket...\


656

18 shipping

674$


thanks again folks, for even reading through :) !

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February 3, 2012 5:37:03 PM

PSU is too expensive, and yes Ill get a different Hard drive, if prices fall, but at this point that 160gb hard drive is all i can afford, while keeping my CPU/GFX card nice.

But is it compatible?
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February 3, 2012 5:38:50 PM

Please don't go with the cheapest PSU. You could fry your components. What is your budget for a PSU? I'll try to find you one that fits.
February 3, 2012 5:39:50 PM

Oh man cool, Could you look at amazon max price 60$

thanks for the quick replies :) !!!!
February 3, 2012 5:40:58 PM

2 Quick things, I like amazon 1 no tax 2 return policy is the best ever.

Also is that hard drive going to have problems with the EIDE.

I dont mind the brand reviews are good. And 160gb is pleanty for cod games
February 3, 2012 5:42:01 PM

Ithink that board only has SATA connectors, so you would have to buy another part to convert the EIDE to SATA. Really, better to save and get a SATA HDD. Doesn't have to be huge.
February 3, 2012 5:42:55 PM

ok ill look into it.

Ill swap out the Hard drive, and please keep looking for the 60$ psu. Thanks abunch bro, but after i swap the HDD, and the PSU, does the rest look good to go?
February 3, 2012 5:45:34 PM

vollman1 said:
I think that you would want to go with a SATA HDD instead of EIDE. I am waiting on prices to fall and using a 128 GB SSD, so I cannot recommend one right now.

I would recommend a better PSU like maybe this one:

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


I didn't even know Maxtor was still around. :lol: 

For $680 this would be a far better build, IMO (nothing against the 960T but you should heavily consider the i3-2120) :

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $129.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $89.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $164.99

Total: $691.92

With this build you get a CPU that will run circles around the 960T, a slightly better GPU, a far better case and PSU (that won't explode on you :lol:  ), and a motherboard that will last a long time.
February 3, 2012 5:49:26 PM

I need to buy these parts off of amazon,

And That case is 60$ :o 

And the cpu, I really need a quad core.. :( 

Anyway Yeah Ill put a new build together using some of those parts thanks for the insight :) 
February 3, 2012 5:50:04 PM

DUDE COOL PSU perfection! the corsair
February 3, 2012 5:51:25 PM

You used more expensive parts across the board, but came out with a cheaper price, lol (bang for the buck, and only 10$ more) i think my math is screwy!??!
February 3, 2012 5:52:47 PM

chaotixblade said:
I need to buy these parts off of amazon,

And That case is 60$ :o 

And the cpu, I really need a quad core.. :( 

Anyway Yeah Ill put a new build together using some of those parts thanks for the insight :) 


Really - don't go cheap on the case. You want one that will last you through a few builds and upgrades with minimum fuss and isn't cheaply constructed - I have the HAF 912 and it's one of the best cases in the market for its' price. Really solidly constructed and well ventilated - and it will prolong the life of your components, which a $24 case won't do.

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DUDE COOL PSU perfection! the corsair


A lot of people have mixed opinions on the CX series - I've used them in a few builds (including my HTPC) and they're really solid, quiet and well constructed, and for the price they're a freakin' steal.

Quote:
You used more expensive parts across the board, but came out with a cheaper price, lol (bang for the buck, and only 10$ more) i think my math is screwy!??!


IMO, Newegg is a better supplier than Amazon - most of the parts you've linked to are used (Maxtor doesn't exist anymore) and all the parts I linked to on Newegg are new and less likely to have something go wrong. You have to look at it in terms of longevity - do you want to go cheap and then spend tons of time replacing something, or do you want to get the best for your budget and not have to worry? Think about that.

I realize I also didn't include an OS in mine but that's no big waste of budget or anything, it's better to spend the money on your components and get the OS and everything else after that.
February 3, 2012 5:56:27 PM

DO you have a time frame for your build? Because if you really want to keep costs down, you can look for sales on some of the individual parts, like case OS, etc.

Also, if you are near a Micro Center, tell us. They have really great prices for some components and you may be able to upgrade your cpu/mobo for not much more.
February 3, 2012 5:57:47 PM

Nvm, and not to be mean, but actually i made my build better by adding parts, and amazon was cheaper on the psu, and cheaper on the hard drive (by 1 dollar) haha and the reason yours was cheaper was because you didnt add windows seven. I replaced the HDD the GFX and the PSU, and this is my new one.

if you insist that i should replace the case let me know, but will the case suffice?

!~NEW BUILD~!

All i know its around 800$ which is ok because 700 w/o os.


Ram = Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 22$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MHz-PC3-10666-240-pin...

s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328226664&sr=1-1

Hard Drive = http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... 88$

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX


Case = Catalyst ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Case, Black/Red [INT-96-04R] 24$ CHEAPEST

http://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-Tower-Computer-Black-INT...


PSU= Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2 58$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

Graphics card = SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card 164$

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...


Motherboard= GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-Chipset-Motherbo...


Os= Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack 100$

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...


disk drive = Genuine Dell Desktop FAST SATA DVD+RW DVDRW DVD Burner Drive 16x DVD+R Write Speed 48x CD Write Speed For

Any System That Accepts Full Size Optical Drive & SATA Connection 20$ (CHEAPEST)

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-Desktop-Accepts-Conn...


CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX 115$

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Black-Socket...\
February 3, 2012 5:58:54 PM

If i sounded rude at all, sorry :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) 
February 3, 2012 6:00:18 PM

And my main reason i like amazon, is because IF ANYTHING goes wrong, with in 30 days they take it back, and the shipping is on them, ive had wayy to much hassle with new eggs return policy, refund being deducted for quote on quote "restocking" and then me paying for shipping back when DOA was there fault
February 3, 2012 6:03:01 PM

Do you have the Micro Center option?
February 3, 2012 6:03:31 PM

Umm I look on google for a location nearest me.. Ive never heard of them, but its a store right?
February 3, 2012 6:03:57 PM

Quote:
Nvm, and not to be mean, but actually i made my build better by adding parts, and amazon was cheaper on the psu, and cheaper on the hard drive (by 1 dollar) haha and the reason yours was cheaper was because you didnt add windows seven. I replaced the HDD the GFX and the PSU, and this is my new one.


I never expect people to take all my suggestions seriously - after all it's your system and you ultimately decide what goes in it or not.

That case looks like it'd be OK but it's quite a bit outdated. It doesn't have top ventilation and it has a top-mounted PSU. Where the HAF 912 (or Antec 300) both have bottom-mounted PSUs and mounts for top fans, which will increase the air flow in your system and therefore increase its' longevity.

If you want to stick with AMD (the i3-2120 will be faster but the 960T is more budget-friendly) I'll offer a newer motherboard suggestion as the NFORCE 630 is quite a bit outdated and won't work correctly with a 960T which is a newer CPU than it can handle. Try this for an AMD motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 3, 2012 6:04:08 PM

Yes.
February 3, 2012 6:05:16 PM

Yeah i think my math was screwy las ttime, that new build is 1.5 times as good, and tis only 663$ plus 18$ shipping lol thanks so much man your a great help!
February 3, 2012 6:05:30 PM

ok ill look into it
February 3, 2012 6:06:26 PM

Just saw your reply to my "not to be mean" yeah im going to find a case with a top cooler, Its nice to have another perosn looking into this, im missing alot!
February 3, 2012 6:16:32 PM

Yeah there is a microcenter store about 40 miles from me , here in columbus OH

sorry for long response time, the stupid thing limited me to 3 consecutive messages, hope your still there
February 3, 2012 6:19:20 PM

kk let me check prices... returns are probably easier and they price match online stores.
February 3, 2012 6:20:21 PM

thanks man your really going out to help me, godbless you :o  :) 
February 3, 2012 6:22:54 PM

Btw Unless my brain has really effed up, Math wise I think you helped me turna 160gb hard drive not as good cpu or graphics, into a mega graphics half tb hard drive awesome Psu, for LESS you my friend are awesome, depending on where i buy it this is my final build

659$

Ram = Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 22$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MHz-PC3-10666-240-pin...

Hard Drive = http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... 88$

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX


Case = Catalyst ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Case, Black/Red [INT-96-04R] 24$ CHEAPEST

http://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-Tower-Computer-Black-INT...


PSU= Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2 58$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

Graphics card = SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card 164$

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...


Motherboard= GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2 50$

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-Chipset-Motherbo...


Os= Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack 100$

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...


disk drive = Genuine Dell Desktop FAST SATA DVD+RW DVDRW DVD Burner Drive 16x DVD+R Write Speed 48x CD Write Speed For Any System That Accepts Full Size Optical Drive & SATA Connection 20$ (CHEAPEST)

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-Desktop-Accepts-Conn...


CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX 115$

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Black-Socket...\


641$

18 shipping

659$
February 3, 2012 6:23:43 PM

chaotixblade said:
Just saw your reply to my "not to be mean" yeah im going to find a case with a top cooler, Its nice to have another perosn looking into this, im missing alot!


It's definitely the best to get multiple opinions on a build, whether you're spending $700 or $2700. :lol: 
February 3, 2012 6:24:16 PM

I agree with G on the i3 upgrade if it is in your budget. If not, go with AMD.

Edit:

$99 for the i3 link is in above post.
February 3, 2012 6:26:26 PM

Is there a better AMD board for him? I don't know AMD that well.
February 3, 2012 6:28:38 PM

Yeah right now i am estatic I AM GETTING a pretty beast high settings native resolution bf3 worthy computer for 640, i have 60 bucks i could technically up grade something, I would be willing to spend 20 more dollars no more though, from here on out i would like to keep it under 680, and yest try to find me a better mb, thanks everyoNE!!!
February 3, 2012 6:35:23 PM

I think we need an AMD pro in here to look at your cpu and mobo.
February 3, 2012 6:35:54 PM

I'm pretty sure that the CPU won't work without a Bios upgrade, and to do that you need a CPU. So a solution is to buy a really cheap AMD chip and flash or borrow one from a friend.
February 3, 2012 6:35:56 PM

vollman1 said:
Is there a better AMD board for him? I don't know AMD that well.


Check out that Asrock board I linked to earlier, if not I'll post it again: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also check out similar boards from Asus and Gigabyte:

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

Quote:
I think we need an AMD pro in here to look at your cpu and mobo.


I wouldn't call myself a pro but I've been using AMD for quite a while now and I know a lot of the specs and MBs and what not.
February 3, 2012 6:40:01 PM

Hey umm, can we stop looking for a new MB, i like the one i have, if i need to replace let me know but I looked at my money 650$ IS ACTUALLY the highest i can run.. >.< anyway will the MB i have the gigabyte run good, Here is my build again is it all good?

If the MB is not going to work let me know but it would be good if i could keep it. Here is the final build.

*Reasons i like amazon*

"And my main reason i like amazon, is because IF ANYTHING goes wrong, with in 30 days they take it back, and the shipping is on them, ive had wayy to much hassle with new eggs return policy, refund being deducted for quote on quote "restocking" and then me paying for shipping back when DOA was there fault"

here is the build.

Ram = Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 22$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333MHz-PC3-10666-240-pin...

Hard Drive = http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... 88$

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX


Case = Catalyst ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Case, Black/Red [INT-96-04R] 24$ CHEAPEST

http://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-Tower-Computer-Black-INT...


PSU= Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2 58$

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

Graphics card = SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card 164$

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...


Motherboard= GIGABYTE AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a Chipset DDR3 1600 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard GA-M68MT-S2 50$

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GeForce-Chipset-Motherbo...


Os= Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack 100$

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...


disk drive = Genuine Dell Desktop FAST SATA DVD+RW DVDRW DVD Burner Drive 16x DVD+R Write Speed 48x CD Write Speed For Any System That Accepts Full Size Optical Drive & SATA Connection 20$ (CHEAPEST)

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-Desktop-Accepts-Conn...


CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX 115$

http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Processor-Black-Socket...\


641$
February 3, 2012 6:43:22 PM

If he can't upgrade the mobo, should he downgrade the cpu?
February 3, 2012 6:43:57 PM

Again will that build work? my final one, unless i cut back on the graphics, and the cpu, I cant afford the 100 dollar MOBO, so anyway will that previously stated final build work *2 messages up*
February 3, 2012 6:44:26 PM

wait what, Why do i need to upgrade the mobo, I thought the Mobo was ok?
February 3, 2012 6:54:17 PM

I get the cpu 115$ at amazon free of shipping and 5% discount cause of prime, so im good there, and then the motherboard i cannot afford, but once again is the 50$ mobo i have now going to work?
February 3, 2012 6:55:05 PM

Like I've stated before, if you're getting the 960T it's a newer version CPU, so it'll require an BIOS Update. If you don't have any spare CPU's or none you can borrow, you just gotta hope it comes already updated.
February 3, 2012 6:58:31 PM

The mobo that G recommended is only $50 + tax if you buy it and the cpu at Micro Center.

I would go with G's recommendation there.
February 3, 2012 6:59:41 PM

Oh so your saying that My cpu wont be compatible with my Bios on that cheapo motherboard, well can you find me another am3 mobo under 80$ , or else another quad core, older, because i need atleast a 2.8ghz quad to max bf3, (without shadows and aa) on native, also for my engineer work for doing models.
February 3, 2012 7:04:06 PM

(Im doing rendering for my pipes, and schematics)
February 3, 2012 7:05:42 PM

vollman1 said:
I think I found something for you:

your CPU is $119 at Micro Center

and the http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
is $99 but...

The board has a $10 MIR and $40 off if you buy cpu and mobo!




CPU and Mobo = $119 + $50....

Edit: the $40 discount isn't shown in the links.
February 3, 2012 7:07:11 PM

o *im stupid* Just kinda wanting to keep it to amazon. But yeah i see that *D'oh*
!