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Buying components tonight (600)

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March 7, 2012 6:21:11 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight or tomorrow

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SWTOR, WoW, Fan fix.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard. will need OEM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, tigersdirect

Country:( e.g.: India) US

Parts Preferences: I3 or I5

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure but its a new high end monitor I got from asus. Giving it to him. (less then 6months old)

Here is what I was thinking.

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB)


ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI


Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz




add OEM for $99.99 and a $50 case then will be $600. Just unsure if this is the best option or if I should build something else. My brother has never had a new computer. Normally gets my old ones after there a few years old.

March 7, 2012 6:29:08 PM

The H61 motherboard is very low-end, but you don't need more than that for your usage. i3-2120 is also enough.

RAM: you can go with a 4gb stick, kingston/corsair/mushkin ddr3 1600mhz (1.5v ideally).

PSU: good.

GPU: good, and good price.

With the small motherboard, and your type of usage you might be able to get a micro-atx case (make sure your graphics card will fit.

The PC i built for a friend for SW:TOR had a i5-2500k, Radeon HD6970 and 4GB memory, running perfectly (was overkill, and he wanted it to be "futureproof").

If your brother is going from an older computer to this, he will be very happy. The next step would be getting a SATAIII SSD such as an OCZ Vortex 3, that'll send his head spinning (just bought two for 150$ CAD each!).

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March 7, 2012 6:35:35 PM

Maybe consider this as your mobo instead: a bit more but is Z68.

This HD6850 is cheaper (I have one too)

And consider this ram instead which is 1600 instead of 1333

Ditch the dvd burner if you don't need it.

Purchase the processor on amazon if you live in CA.

Should come out to be the same price as what you have now with slightly better performance.

I actually have the exact same parts I recommended you, but I spent 60% of my money on case, PSU, and ssd :p 
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March 7, 2012 9:33:44 PM

Build looks solid, spend a little more and get the i5 2400 is my suggestion. Everything else is fine. The CX430 V2 is capable of powering 6870 + i5 2400.
March 7, 2012 11:24:17 PM

i just did almost the same build for my brother, it's a solid setup and you won't be disappointed.

after looking @ the mother board i think that's the exact same one i bought for his mATX build.
March 7, 2012 11:39:32 PM

Thanks for responses. This is my new revised setup then.

i5 2400 189.99
OEM 99.99
ASRock Z68 84.99
Mushkin 8GB Ram 45.99
430W Corsair PS 44.99
HD 6850 159.99
CD Drive 15.99
Xion Xon case 59.99

Total 701.92 before taxes and everything.

$100 more then i wanted to spend but everytime i build a comp it seems its more then i wanted to spend. lol.

Will order this in the morning just in case someone sees something im doing wronge.
March 7, 2012 11:41:43 PM

Don't get the Z68, it's a waste of extra money, save a little and get the Asrock H61 U3S3 that you were going to get. The reason I say this is you don't plan to overclock and you don't plan to SLI/CF either so no need for the Z68. Plus the capabilities you'll use are basically the same.
March 8, 2012 11:57:15 AM

Best answer selected by mf2780.