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February 24, 2012 10:55:59 PM

Hey everyone, the past few days a lot of people on these forums have been helping me to find parts for my gaming computer. Thank you to everyone that has helped! Originally it was supposed to be under $800 build. But I bumped it up a bit because I needed win7. This will be my first ever PC build on my own! :) 

So here is what I have so far, I would like to make sure everything is compatible. And
Is that the best case I can get under $75?
Will that wireless card be good for this rig and will it hook up to my router?
Will that video card play all the latest games? Doesn't have to be on ultra or high.
Is there anything you would change? Let me know! Thanks!

-COMBO for hardrive and psu: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply and Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
=$134.98

-COMBO for CPU/Disk Drive: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 and ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
=$199.98

-G.SKILL RipjawsX 8GB (2x4GB) 1333Mhz CL9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=$39.99

-SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
= $169.99

-Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 150/300Mbps 2T2R 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WPA, WPA2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=$24.99

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=59.99

-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
= $121.99

-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
=$99.99

All = About $852
February 24, 2012 11:05:10 PM

Nice work with the combo's. :)  Keep that Asrock board if you decide to go with dual cards later on, if you don't plan on going with a dual card set up then look at this board down below. Also don't forget to compare prices and shipping to amazon. Case, psu, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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February 24, 2012 11:18:22 PM

That looks like a nice mobo too. What is the $25 difference?

I get so nervous reading reviews from newegg about mobos and how they arrive DOA or something like that. Is it typical to have mobo issues?
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February 25, 2012 2:25:28 AM

Thanks guys! So what is the $25 difference in the two mobos?
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February 25, 2012 2:53:58 AM

the MB Why_me linked to has one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. your linked MB has two. like why_me said, to CF or not to CF, your choice.
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February 25, 2012 2:55:23 AM

Im not going to Cross fire. So I should get the cheaper one? It seems like it has worse reviews lol. Should I pay attention to those?
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February 25, 2012 3:03:43 AM

ksteven813 said:
Im not going to Cross fire. So I should get the cheaper one? It seems like it has worse reviews lol. Should I pay attention to those?

Other than the amount of PCI-E slots those boards are identical. What the nubs on newegg usually fail to do is to update their motherboards with the latest bios. When you see someone on the newegg reviews that have their "tech level" as high...well take that with a grain of salt.
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February 25, 2012 3:17:18 AM

HaHa Thanks. I will go with the cheaper one then.

Also, What are your opinions on the case I chose? Anything better? I was hoping to go a little slimmer on the width, but its not a big deal.

Will that wireless card be good for this rig and will it hook up to my router?
Will that video card play all the latest games?

Thanks Again!
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February 25, 2012 3:40:41 AM

ksteven813 said:
HaHa Thanks. I will go with the cheaper one then.

Also, What are your opinions on the case I chose? Anything better? I was hoping to go a little slimmer on the width, but its not a big deal.

Will that wireless card be good for this rig and will it hook up to my router?
Will that video card play all the latest games?

Thanks Again!

I don't know what router you have but that wireless card is a good one. As far as that 6870 vid card...it's difficult to say what your frame rates are going to be without knowing your monitors resolution. Best thing to do is google 6870 reviews and look at the benchmarks for that card.

That CM 912 is a good case. Check it on amazon also to see if they have it for cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
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February 25, 2012 4:29:22 AM

Can you push your budget and get the i5-2500k, it will be worth it in the long run especially with your board.
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February 25, 2012 9:42:09 PM

Why would I increase the cpu to i5-2500k? I am not going to overclock or anything. Is there another reason to get that?

Also, the case I chose above...Is there any other case that makes installation very easy with not tools for under $100?

And my monitors resolution is 1920x1080.
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February 25, 2012 10:04:10 PM

ksteven813 said:
Why would I increase the cpu to i5-2500k? I am not going to overclock or anything. Is there another reason to get that?

Also, the case I chose above...Is there any other case that makes installation very easy with not tools for under $100?

And my monitors resolution is 1920x1080.


If your sure your not going to overclock or crossfire/sli you get get a cheaper board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and spend that money on a better gpu.
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February 25, 2012 10:33:28 PM

ksteven813 said:
That does look like a nice mobo. What makes it cheaper?

What better graphics card are you talking about?

Also, is this a better case?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-...


It's a H61 instead of the Z68 so you only have room for two ram modules. It can't overclock which isn't a problem for you. It also has support for pcie-3. For a better gpu somwthing like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . I would get the case that you originally got. you might even me able to get a 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
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February 25, 2012 11:07:33 PM

Thanks Ivan. So is the RAM the only difference between the h61 and z68?
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February 26, 2012 12:57:28 AM

ksteven813 said:
Thanks Ivan. So is the RAM the only difference between the h61 and z68?


You lose the benefit of overclocking, using integrated graphics and using a small ssd as your cache. It has sata 3 and pcie-3,which you usually can't get at this price range, it's a great motherboard for the price. You also have all solid capacitors which are more durable. If your not going to crossfire you should get a cheaper motherboard and the best graphics card that you can afford.
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February 26, 2012 3:39:29 AM

Will it be compatible with Ivy Bridge?
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February 26, 2012 5:39:20 AM

ksteven813 said:
Will it be compatible with Ivy Bridge?


Yeah, you would need to upgrade your bios to upgrade to Ivy.
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February 26, 2012 2:31:38 PM

Great thank you!
Even if I get the cheaper mobo, I think I will keep the same graphics card because I dont mind playing games on low-medium lol. I also know this may inhibit me to pay games 2 years from now. So I think I may cross fire with two 6870 in a year or so. What do you think?

Also, how much more power does cross firing enable? Frame rate wise?
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February 26, 2012 6:13:34 PM

ksteven813 said:
Great thank you!
Even if I get the cheaper mobo, I think I will keep the same graphics card because I dont mind playing games on low-medium lol. I also know this may inhibit me to pay games 2 years from now. So I think I may cross fire with two 6870 in a year or so. What do you think?

Also, how much more power does cross firing enable? Frame rate wise?



If you plan to crossfire you should get the original motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . The h61 has only one pcie-16 slot and the cheaper asrock has x16/x4 slots which slow down crossfire substantially. 6870's in crossfire is very fast and can double the framerate in some cases. You should also get a 750 psu if you plan to xfire. There are issues with micro stuttering with xfire/sli, I will let this article explain http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... .
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February 26, 2012 10:02:13 PM

I will have to look more into that stuttering issue before I make a final decision. Not fully understanding what it means yet.

Also, I found this case. It seems like a great deal and looks like I will be able to use it for years to come. What do you think?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2012 10:59:06 PM

ksteven813 said:
I will have to look more into that stuttering issue before I make a final decision. Not fully understanding what it means yet.

Also, I found this case. It seems like a great deal and looks like I will be able to use it for years to come. What do you think?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


There is nothing wrong with the 912, If you want to spend extra for the 932 that's your call it's a great case. If you don't plan on overclocking your 6870 and with your i5-2400 you won't notice that much of a difference in temps. I have 6850's in xfire and I haven't noticed any issues with it, it seems that some people are more sensitive to micro stuttering than others.
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February 26, 2012 11:03:33 PM

Thanks Ivan,
Is there any other Mobo you would suggest also? Want to make sure I get the best for what I need.
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February 27, 2012 12:29:00 AM

ksteven813 said:
Thanks Ivan,
Is there any other Mobo you would suggest also? Want to make sure I get the best for what I need.


If you want to crossfire the motherboard that you originally selected is the best for it's price.
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February 27, 2012 1:29:52 PM

I am willing to go up to Around 200 if there is a better mobo. I am not sure what makes a better mobo.
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February 27, 2012 1:40:40 PM

And for anyone else interested in that haf 932 advanced case newegg edition. Here are the two side by side: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-119-160^11-119-160-TS%2C11-119-213^11-119-213-TS. Pretty much the same except newegg has more stuff in it and for a way lower price.
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February 27, 2012 5:22:53 PM

ksteven813 said:
I am willing to go up to Around 200 if there is a better mobo. I am not sure what makes a better mobo.


With a motherboard it's not about "better". It's about getting the features that you need now and in the future.
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February 28, 2012 1:41:35 PM

What features do you have to choose from when selecting a motherboard? I want to make sure I am not missing anything.

Do motherboards come with bluetooth? Or can I add that on?
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February 28, 2012 6:30:49 PM

ksteven813 said:
What features do you have to choose from when selecting a motherboard? I want to make sure I am not missing anything.

Do motherboards come with bluetooth? Or can I add that on?


Some motherboards come with bluetooth, you can add it on with a pci card. For example the asrock extreme 3 has no internal usb headers which means that if you have front panel usb 3 connectors you would need a pci card to make it work.

This motherboard has usb 3.0 internal headers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can search through the motherboards on newegg click on details when you select and it will show ou what features it has.

This motherboard has bluetooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Another factor is it's pcie-3 ready.
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February 29, 2012 1:22:31 PM

Thanks Ivan. What are Marvell controlled 6GB/s ports used for? People seem to be having issues and I want to see if I will even use it.
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March 1, 2012 9:44:15 AM

I am looking at some motherboards but they have Marvell Controllers. Just need to know what they do and if it will affect me.
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March 1, 2012 9:56:30 AM

Anyone know the diference between LGA 1155 and lga 1366?
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March 1, 2012 10:09:29 AM

the old sockets for the i7's were 1366 and for the i5s and below 1156 now every thing has moved to 1155 then on those 1155 boards there are differnet north bridges. z68 p67 h67 ect. Also there are some new cpus that use socket 2011. (intel wants more moniez)
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March 1, 2012 3:58:32 PM

I should be buying everything tomorrow. I just need to figure out what mobo to get still.
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March 2, 2012 1:24:01 PM

Best answer selected by ksteven813.
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