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February 23, 2012 9:12:25 PM

Hi forum,

I am new to computer building and I thought I could seek out for help/advise since forum users always seem to be very helpful to the newbies like me. I have a budget of $700, which I don't want to go over. The primary use is gaming, secondary use is for browsing. I came up with my list of hardware, but I'm not sure the hardware I have chosen are compatible with each other or not. Is the PSU large enough? Is the GPU right for the CPU? vice versa? well, you get the point Lol.

DVDR: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

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

HHD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS: EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX


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February 23, 2012 9:55:51 PM

Consider also the XFX Core Pro 650W as the PSU. Might get it cheaper after rebate than the Corsair, although they only have a $15 rebate at this time.
The size is good though, it will let you crossfire if you so desire.

Get 8 gigs of ram, it's a small investment at 8 gigs costs about $45 these days.

You will get better performance out of an i3 2120 system than you do from a zosma, especially for gaming.

For GPU check out the 6870 it is quite a bit faster than the 6850 and in many cases only costs an extra $15.

CPU: i3 2120 $127
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 $117.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $44.99
GPU: XFX 6870 Dual Fan $169.99 ( before $20 MIR ) also comes with free dirt3
Case: HAF 912 $59.99 (before $10 MIR)
PSU: XFX Core Pro 650W or Corsair TX650 $89.99 ( before $15 or $10 MIR )
DVD: Samsung 22x DVD Writer
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

~$715-720 depending on PSU (before about $40-45 in MIRs)

If you find more money the recommended upgrade is to get i5 2400 instead for CPU, would give a nice boost in performance.

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February 23, 2012 10:43:43 PM

Thanks rvilkman,


I went with your list (Including the i5 2400) and the total $778. If I went with the i3, would I be well off playing all the latest and upcoming games? it's kinda getting pricey, seeing I stilll have to buy the OS and a keyboard besides. how about an i3 2120? it has 3.3ghz and it's not much more than the 2100.

On a different topic, do you think I should take advantage on certain warrenty's? I know that HHD's are bound to crash, but I also don't want to spend too much. On the other hand, I want to ensure my investments.
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February 23, 2012 11:13:01 PM

I didn't realize until now that you already recommended the i3 2120. My fault. :p 
I am still indecisive between the i3 and the i5 though.
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February 24, 2012 9:05:03 AM

The i3 will game just fine for you, I just tossed in the option with the i5 since it is a true quad core and does provide better framerates in some games that use 3+ cores.
So you will be happy either way, but the i5 2400 will have you set for longer.

The trend in games seems to be that more cores are being supported all the time, but currently 2 cores is still sufficient for the majority of the titles.
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February 24, 2012 9:21:15 AM

Check out my sig. $800 build comes with i5 2400 + GTX560Ti and includes a $100 OS.
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February 24, 2012 2:32:18 PM

So if I went with the i5 core would I be able to max out on Crysis 2 and Skyrim? And I guess it would be nice to not have to worry about another upgrade for at least another year or 2.

And sweet set up zero_, but the $800 doesn't include a case. And I also wonder if it would be smart to invest into a retail OS, so that I wouldn't have to buy it again if I build another rig next year.
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February 24, 2012 7:50:50 PM

psychoscrilz said:
So if I went with the i5 core would I be able to max out on Crysis 2 and Skyrim? And I guess it would be nice to not have to worry about another upgrade for at least another year or 2.

And sweet set up zero_, but the $800 doesn't include a case. And I also wonder if it would be smart to invest into a retail OS, so that I wouldn't have to buy it again if I build another rig next year.


Pretty sure Windows 8 will be out by then anyway...
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March 1, 2012 11:59:17 PM

Best answer selected by psychoscrilz.
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