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February 21, 2012 5:16:41 AM

Hey guys, I have been having some hardware issues, and my system is pretty old now...so I'm going to upgrade and build my own. I need some advice on whether or not these parts are any good, and if they will work together.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/studying/media

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, video card, RAM, processor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: (e.g.: India) USA, Seattle

Parts Preferences: No preference on brand

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Quiet PC, runs cool, durable

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The only reason I want to replace motherboard is because I have been having some onboard sound issues. Plus, the stock one which came with my last computer seemed kinda outdated.





Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive
http://www.sigant.net/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&I...

Not sure on this vendor, but seems legit I guess....With the current prices of HDD I am in a bad position, and this is the lowest I could find.





Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-...

Current power supply is Rosewill 550W, but it just started having issues. There is a high pitched noise coming out of it, and there are boot/power issues. So might as well get a new stronger one.






Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My stock current case is barely big enough to fit all my parts, and only has one fan...definitely a needed upgrade.





A copy of Windows 7.....Yes, I'm running Vista......





Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I haven't really heard of Crucial before, but there are good ratings and reviews. I'm planning on picking this up to put the OS on it, and maybe a few games. Other than that, I have the 1TB HDD.




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The parts I currently have are


XFX Nvidia GeForce GTS250

4 GB RAM

Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @2.4GHz

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So, I have 3 questions:


1. Are these parts good? (Is there anything better I could be getting, or something I should know?)

2. Will there be any compatibility issues between my current parts, and the ones I will be buying?

3. Am I missing any parts, or is there anything which will present a difficulty.




Thanks for the help guys! This is the first time I will be building a computer from scratch.


-Zdravko
February 21, 2012 5:31:44 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $425.94 + $97.99 the HDD.
I think you Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 is not compatible with socket 1155 motherboards. What processor you have , other than Q6600 ?
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February 21, 2012 5:37:45 AM

Hmmm. The Q6600 is the only one I have. Can you recommend one that will work with the MoBo you recommended?

Also, I don't really need the Multi DVD burner. Any specific reason you put that on the list?

And, you put down 8GB RAM? Should I get that, or stick with my current RAM? All I know is that I have 4GB, I'm not sure how to check brand or other specs.
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February 21, 2012 5:50:50 AM

The motherboard doesn't work with your CPU, so really you have to get a new CPU as well, same with memory as the LGA775's run with DDR2 as i recall.

Mobo: Gigabyte GAZ68XP-UD3 $144.99 ( before $10 MIR )
CPU: i5 2400 $189.99 or
( or i3 2120 $127.99 )
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $44.99
GPU: your current one
DVD: Lite-on 24x DVD Writer $17.99
PSU: XFX Pro750 XXX $129.99 ( before $30 MIR )
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 $59.99

Total: ~$595 shipped before MIR's + HDD

I find it highly unlikely you can get the HDD at that price.
But you can get Seagate or WD Blue drives for about $90 so with one of those after the rebates the above comes to about $650.
You can trade the i5 2400 to an i3 2120 if you have to to save about $60 to fit the HDD still within the $600 after rebates.
( Quad Core vs Dual Core with HT )

And if you don't need the DVD you can save a few bucks just not adding that.


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February 21, 2012 5:56:29 AM

I put the dvd-rw because i didn't see one and i think you will need one.How to stay with your RAM when you don't know what type or RAM you have ?
If you don't overclock and don't SLI ill make this other build for you.
MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $516.94 + $97.99 the HDD. And you can use your video card. If you can go higher with your budget buy this video card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is much better than Nvidia 250 what you have.
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February 21, 2012 6:13:35 AM

rvilkman said:
The motherboard doesn't work with your CPU, so really you have to get a new CPU as well, same with memory as the LGA775's run with DDR2 as i recall.

Mobo: Gigabyte GAZ68XP-UD3 $144.99 ( before $10 MIR )
CPU: i5 2400 $189.99 or
( or i3 2120 $127.99 )
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $44.99
GPU: your current one
DVD: Lite-on 24x DVD Writer $17.99
PSU: XFX Pro750 XXX $129.99 ( before $30 MIR )
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 $59.99

Total: ~$595 shipped before MIR's + HDD

I find it highly unlikely you can get the HDD at that price.
But you can get Seagate or WD Blue drives for about $90 so with one of those after the rebates the above comes to about $650.
You can trade the i5 2400 to an i3 2120 if you have to to save about $60 to fit the HDD still within the $600 after rebates.
( Quad Core vs Dual Core with HT )

And if you don't need the DVD you can save a few bucks just not adding that.



Hmmm...this will be hard to choose between your parts and sosofm's...About the Solid state drive, do you think it is worth getting one for the OS? Or should I just stick with one big HDD?

And are WD blue's any good? I always thought they were kinda weak. So, you think 100$ looks too cheap for a black?

I'll probably go with the i5 instead of the i3 as well.
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February 21, 2012 6:17:22 AM

sosofm said:
I put the dvd-rw because i didn't see one and i think you will need one.How to stay with your RAM when you don't know what type or RAM you have ?
If you don't overclock and don't SLI ill make this other build for you.
MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $516.94 + $97.99 the HDD. And you can use your video card. If you can go higher with your budget buy this video card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is much better than Nvidia 250 what you have.




Yea, I just realized that I'll need a dvd-rw. Also, I will be getting new ram since rvilkman said it probably wont work with new MoBo.

In your second build, you put a weaker PSU. Would 550W be sufficient? And I don't want a crappy one, since the one I currently have broke (I'm now worried about PSU a lot more than before.)

Also, does overclocking give that many benefits? One of my friends has his overclocked, but he doesn't really say what it improves. Can you give like..a quick pro's/cons of doing it?

Sorry for all the questions but I'm kinda new at this and I'm curious.

Thanks
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February 21, 2012 6:18:12 AM

With the SSD the booth time is better and for some games or other aplications what you want to keep on SSD.
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February 28, 2012 1:05:59 AM

Best answer selected by zdravko.
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