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February 20, 2012 11:09:28 PM

Hi all, I have put together a build that I think I like, which is in my price range of $400 -$500

It consists of:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz 3 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

GPU: HIS H679F1GD Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML4GX3M1A1600C9

MOTHERBOARD: BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply

CASE: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


That's what I've got so far. Is everything compatible, and will it work for games like skyrim, mw3, and bf3? I am buying everything on newegg, except for the cpu on amazon.

Thanks a bunch!

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February 20, 2012 11:13:19 PM

Upgrade the HD to either a seagate or a western digital, but yeah it looks good.
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February 20, 2012 11:17:36 PM

Hello ar4757;

Already got an optical/DVD drive?
Everything is compatible. The PSU is a bit lower down the PSU food chain than we like to see. You'd need a PCI-e 6pin - Molex adapter cable for your video cards 2nd PCI-e power connector.

Are you OK working with rebates?
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular PSU $75 plus $10 off w/ promo code EMCNHJC23, ends 2/20 & free shipping.
Plus a $25 rebate offer. Final price $40 a/r.
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February 20, 2012 11:20:54 PM

WR2 said:
Hello ar4757;

Already got an optical/DVD drive?
Everything is compatible. The PSU is a bit lower down the PSU food chain than we like to see. You'd need a PCI-e 6pin - Molex adapter cable for your video cards 2nd PCI-e power connector.

Are you OK working with rebates?
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular PSU $75 plus $10 off w/ promo code EMCNHJC23, ends 2/20 & free shipping.
Plus a $25 rebate offer. Final price $40 a/r.


yep got my disc drive but what is the pci-e molex adapter for? is my gpu not compatible with the motherboard?
and yes rebates are good thanks for the psu suggestion.
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February 20, 2012 11:24:56 PM

Your HD 6870 needs two PCI-e 6pin power connectors to the PSU.
The Antec VP-450 has just 1 PCI-e 6pin connector.
So you'd need an adapter to match a couple 4pin Molex power leads with 6pin PCI-e lead for the video card.
The OCZ PSU has 2 PCI-e power leads standard.

Your video card choice does have a couple adapters in the accessory pack.

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February 20, 2012 11:28:55 PM

WR2 said:
Your HD 6870 needs two PCI-e 6pin power connectors to the PSU.
The Antec VP-450 has just 1 PCI-e 6pin connector.
So you'd need an adapter to match a couple 4pin Molex power leads with 6pin PCI-e lead for the video card.
The OCZ PSU has 2 PCI-e power leads standard.

Your video card choice does have a couple adapters in the accessory pack.

http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/14-161-377-Z06?$S640W$


thanks for the speedy reply. if i go with the OCZ PSU then, the adapter is unneccesary, right?
sorry for my foolishness
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February 20, 2012 11:31:24 PM

Some HD6790s (like the HIS version I have) only need one PCIE power connection.
The VP450 received a much more favorable review than I would have expected over at HardwareSecrets. The only reason it isn't 80+ certified is because it doesn't have active PFC. It absolutely blows its competitors (e.g. CM "Extreme", "Extreme Plus") out of the water.
You can get the 430W Antec Earthwatts (also sufficient for that rig) for $40 now, if you do want the 80+ bronze certification.
All those games scale to modest hardware; you won't play on "Ultra" settings, but probably with many settings on "High."
Check the i3-2120; I think it was actually $5 cheaper.
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February 20, 2012 11:37:04 PM

WR2 said:
Correct; the OCZ has dual PCI-e power connectors for the video card.


OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular PSU review


wonderful! can't wait to order these parts. oh and btw, building a pc isn't THAT hard, right
thanks
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February 20, 2012 11:37:24 PM

Onus said:
Some HD6790s (like the HIS version I have) only need one PCIE power connection.
I missed that tidbit.
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February 20, 2012 11:43:36 PM

Looks good, I'm running a very similar system here and it plays games surprisingly well. My pentium g850 and HD 5830 combo make for quite playable gaming at under 150$(ebay used)

With up to date drivers I get 30-60 FPS on Skyrim and Starcraft 2 with completely maxed out settings at 1050X1680.
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