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Thoughts/Help on first build.

Hi.
So I decided to finally build a new computer, but as this is my first time. I tried to do my research on what the best parts would be, but I thought I'd try to post here to make sure I got the right things.

I believe what I chose is a pretty solid build for what I want to pay(~$850, including Windows 7), but i just want to make sure that all the components are compatible. And the only part i'm still kind of iffy on is the motherboard.

So far I have;

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

Video Card: Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161379

Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

Case: Antec Three Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042


As I've said, the main thing I'd like to know is if all the components will work with the motherboard so I dont waste my time buying everything. But I would also appreciate thoughts/possible improvements that can be made.

Also, the reason I'm going with the 6750 instead of a 6850+ is because it's a $65 dollar difference for something I don't believe I really I need.

Thanks for your help.
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  1. They all work together , but it seems an odd mix .

    If you are gaming you will probably want a stronger graphics card , and if you are not you could just use the graphics built in to the processor .

    The case is good , bit its a gaming case . Again if you are not gaming there are better choices . If you want to stay with the Antec then check out the 300 two so you get front USB 3 ports
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    They all work together , but it seems an odd mix .

    If you are gaming you will probably want a stronger graphics card , and if you are not you could just use the graphics built in to the processor .

    The case is good , bit its a gaming case . Again if you are not gaming there are better choices . If you want to stay with the Antec then check out the 300 two so you get front USB 3 ports


    I do plan on mainly gaming on this; however, I don't really need to be at ultra max settings at the highest resolution so I thought the 6750 at 85 bucks after rebate was the best choice.
    And if it helps, the games I will mostly play will be games like League of Legends, Diablo III, and Starcraft II.
  3. The game titles help , but without knowing the resolution of your screen its impossible to make an informed comment .

    In general , for 1080p I would say you should use a MINIMUM of a 6850 , even if you have to compromise on other parts
  4. Outlander_04 said:
    The game titles help , but without knowing the resolution of your screen its impossible to make an informed comment .

    In general , for 1080p I would say you should use a MINIMUM of a 6850 , even if you have to compromise on other parts


    I'll be using a 20inch 1600x900 monitor. Like I've said, I don't need ultra graphics. But I'd like to be able to run on at least medium at a solid fps.
  5. Best answer
    Blizzard's games very much dependent on CPU power which is abundant with the i5-2500. (FYI, Microcenter -- if you can get to one -- is has the i5-2500K for $180 + $50 off Z68 mobos.)

    Also, the GTX 550 Ti is on sale @ Microcenter (shipping available) for $110 after rebates -- worth considering. It is often compared to the HD 6790.
  6. steadywaters said:
    Blizzard's games very much dependent on CPU power which is abundant with the i5-2500. (FYI, Microcenter -- if you can get to one -- is has the i5-2500K for $180 + $50 off Z68 mobos.)

    Also, the GTX 550 Ti is on sale @ Microcenter (shipping available) for $110 after rebates -- worth considering. It is often compared to the HD 6790.


    I don't plan on OC'ing, but since it's still 30 bucks cheaper than the 2500 on newegg, I might as well. :)

    Also, what motherboard would you suggest? It's really the one component I'm too sure about.
  7. The ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is spot on for a budget board.
  8. Best answer selected by Porkeh.
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