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First Time Gaming Build. [Rate]

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March 1, 2012 9:32:14 PM

Case: BitFenix Shinbi Window; link
PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series; link
MoBo: Intel BOXDH67CLB3; link
CPU: Intel i5-2500k Sandy Bridge; link
Memory: 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 SDRAM; link
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti; link
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200RPM; link
Optical Drive: Samsung CD/DVD Burnder 22x; link

I plan on overclocking my processor to 4.0Ghz.

So, how does that look for a gaming and video editing computer?

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March 1, 2012 9:44:57 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Well, you've done alright. There are however a few critical issues.
-PSU is low quality. Spend a bit more and grab this one, it's actually 80+ certified.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Your mobo is H67, therefore incapable of overclocking. Doesn't matter though because you have a severe mismatch of CPU power to GPU power.
In gaming, the GPU is more important. Sure the processor is critical but more GPU performance is better than more CPU performance.
-Try this mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Drop your CPU to an i5-2400 (you will lose OC capability but it doesn't really matter here) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Get this GPU instead, much more powerful. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-You have DDR3 1066 RAM. Save money and get better stuff: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-For $10 more get yourself a 500GB hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-That DVD drive is out of stock. Get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well, I basically just modified your entire build. However this one is going to give you much better gaming performance, I can guarantee that.

Cheers!
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March 1, 2012 10:02:27 PM

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-Your mobo is H67, therefore incapable of overclocking. Doesn't matter though because you have a severe mismatch of CPU power to GPU power.
In gaming, the GPU is more important. Sure the processor is critical but more GPU performance is better than more CPU performance.


Yes - you can't overclock on an H67 - you need a Z68 or P67 in order to do it.

I'd propose a build that would look something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 - $69.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total: $843.92 - $30.00 MIR = $812.92

With this build you get a far better case and PSU, a way better motherboard that will allow for overclocking, and an excellent CPU cooler - one of the best in its' price - and one of the best GPUs in the market for its' price.
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March 1, 2012 10:06:45 PM

g-unit1111 said:


Yes - you can't overclock on an H67 - you need a Z68 or P67 in order to do it.

I'd propose a build that would look something like this:

Excellent build. Op, could you give us a bit more information, especially when it comes to budget? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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March 1, 2012 10:09:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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-Your mobo is H67, therefore incapable of overclocking. Doesn't matter though because you have a severe mismatch of CPU power to GPU power.
In gaming, the GPU is more important. Sure the processor is critical but more GPU performance is better than more CPU performance.


Yes - you can't overclock on an H67 - you need a Z68 or P67 in order to do it.

I'd propose a build that would look something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 - $69.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $129.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total: $843.92 - $30.00 MIR = $812.92

With this build you get a far better case and PSU, a way better motherboard that will allow for overclocking, and an excellent CPU cooler - one of the best in its' price - and one of the best GPUs in the market for its' price.

I guess I probably should have mentioned in my post I don't want to go over $700.
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March 1, 2012 10:26:24 PM

Sounds good. My build should be pretty near that then, no?
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March 1, 2012 11:04:32 PM

striker410 said:
Sounds good. My build should be pretty near that then, no?

Well, yours adds up to something closer to $800. I think that I might just stick with the PSU I had picked out because it was one of the best rated on Newegg. I'll probably go with a little bit cheaper graphics card than what you suggested as I'm not going to be doing a TON of intense gaming, I'll mainly be doing multitasking and video editing. I found a place (microcenter) that has the i5-2500k for $180. I'll probably use the RAM you suggested. I'm thinking of using this Mobo. I'll get the HDD you suggested as well.
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March 1, 2012 11:12:27 PM

keep in mind, You'll have to pay tax on that 2500k. They offer the i5-2400 for $150, might wanna pick that up.

I highly suggest getting a different PSU. There are different options but PLEASE don't get that one. Reviews don't mean as much as certifications do. This Rosewill Green series would be good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6870 would be an ideal card.
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March 1, 2012 11:42:29 PM

striker410 said:
keep in mind, You'll have to pay tax on that 2500k. They offer the i5-2400 for $150, might wanna pick that up.

I highly suggest getting a different PSU. There are different options but PLEASE don't get that one. Reviews don't mean as much as certifications do. This Rosewill Green series would be good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 6870 would be an ideal card.

Thanks. I'll get your recommended PSU. I guess that I'm going to have to save up about $50 more until I build my computer as this build will cost me right at $650 without the case. Any suggestions on where I could save a few bucks?
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March 2, 2012 12:42:22 AM

Hmm, gonna be tough to cut much more off. Dropping the mobo down to the H61 would do it I guess. You're looking at the 6870, right? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, look for all the combos you can. Alot of times Microcenter will offer $50 off select mobos and CPUs when bought together, try and buy when they have one of these sales going on.
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March 2, 2012 12:48:16 AM

striker410 said:
Hmm, gonna be tough to cut much more off. Dropping the mobo down to the H61 would do it I guess. You're looking at the 6870, right? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, look for all the combos you can. Alot of times Microcenter will offer $50 off select mobos and CPUs when bought together, try and buy when they have one of these sales going on.

My only concern with that is it is Micro ATX, and I'm not sure if it will go nicely in the case I want. Like, I don't know if the PCI expansion slots or USB ports will line up?
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March 2, 2012 12:51:13 AM

Oh you don't need to worry about that. Both the Gigabyte you linked and the ASRock I linked are MicroATX. See, ATX is designed to house both ATX and MicroATX. They are designed as overlapping standards.

"But Striker, you're just some guy on the internet! What do you know!" Your imaginary voice is right. Don't trust me, get a full size ATX mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Excellent board it seems. Same price, too.
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March 2, 2012 1:05:55 AM

striker410 said:
Oh you don't need to worry about that. Both the Gigabyte you linked and the ASRock I linked are MicroATX. See, ATX is designed to house both ATX and MicroATX. They are designed as overlapping standards.

"But Striker, you're just some guy on the internet! What do you know!" Your imaginary voice is right. Don't trust me, get a full size ATX mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Excellent board it seems. Same price, too.

Thanks for the information. I guess I'll go with the Micro-ATX then seeing as I get a better deal.
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March 2, 2012 1:07:24 AM

The one I have below is just fine, if you'd like a full sized board.
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March 2, 2012 1:18:59 AM

striker410 said:
The one I have below is just fine, if you'd like a full sized board.

BTW, can H61 mobos overclock?
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March 2, 2012 1:24:32 AM

No sir, unfortunately they cannot.
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March 2, 2012 1:28:43 AM

I'm assuming since this is a straight up build forum, a OS is not needed. But if it is please tell us
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March 2, 2012 3:02:55 AM

the_creed4 said:
I'm assuming since this is a straight up build forum, a OS is not needed. But if it is please tell us

OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor are not needed.
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