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February 26, 2012 2:46:30 AM

Hello! thankyou for taking the time to look at my thread :bounce: 

I am building a gaming pc- nothing fancy, just a step up from this narra compaq precario that is not worth upgrading. I was wondering if someone could check the compatibility of all this? Also, should i downgrade ram and upgrade psu? Thanks. :p 

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case - 49.99

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 84.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 149.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - 44.99

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BD1339 - 39.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 99

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 - 127

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Thanks for the help!
February 26, 2012 3:09:05 AM

Pretty similar to the one I'm working on. The only thing I was thinking of was upgrading to the i5 processor. From what I've been reading you don't need anything more than 4 Gb, but I'm considering 8 Gb as well.

Differences in mine was I chose the 912 CM HAF case. I love the looks of it.

I'm going to buy the XFX Core Edition 550W power supply.

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February 26, 2012 3:31:23 AM

PSU is fine. According to this http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine you should only require about 300-350 watts, however, if you should decide to crossfire the 6850 you won't have enough GPU power connectors. Personally, I would use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $59.99 because it has 2 GPU power connectors.

While you could save a couple of bucks by getting only 4GB of RAM I would just spend the extra $10 on the power supply. It would save you the trouble of having to upgrade the PSU later if you decided you wanted to crossfire the 6850 with a second one.

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February 26, 2012 3:36:19 AM

JKatwyopc said:
PSU is fine. According to this http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine you should only require about 300-350 watts, however, if you should decide to crossfire the 6850 you won't have enough GPU power connectors. Personally, I would use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $59.99 because it has 2 GPU power connectors.

While you could save a couple of bucks by getting only 4GB of RAM I would just spend the extra $10 on the power supply. It would save you the trouble of having to upgrade the PSU later if you decided you wanted to crossfire the 6850 with a second one.



This one is the one I was looking at. Say's it has 2 as well but one is 6+2, what does that mean?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2012 3:52:46 AM

Some Graphics Cards have 6 pin Auxilliary power connectors and some have 8 Pin. the 6+2 pin can work with either one because the extra 2 pins can be separated and left unused on the ones that have the 6 pin connectors. Therefore, the 6+2 pin connector.
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