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March 14, 2012 6:03:39 PM

So here's the thing, first build in 8 years; first time going Intel. I don't plan on doing extreme gaming, only games like Diablo 3 and I don't play 1080p since I don't have a monitor for doing it. I figured a 6770 would be enough for Diablo 3 with a 1440x900 resolution. How's this build looking?



Motherboard: P8Z68-V LE (134,89$)
CPU: i5-2400 (187,72$)
GPU: SAPPHIRE HD6770 850mhz (118,15$)
Memory: KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (48,99$) (That RAM has a 1.65v though)
HDD: WD 5000AAKX 500GB (81,99$)
PSU: Thermaltake TR-600 600W (59,88$) (not sure...)
Case: HAF-912 (63,00$)

Total: 694,62 $CAD

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March 14, 2012 6:21:02 PM

Consider:

getting a 6850. you can find deals on these for around 120-130. Will be much better then the 6770.

and go with the corsair 430 psu as stated above....corsair/xfx/antec best low cost choices...stay away from thermaltake/ocz etc.
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March 14, 2012 7:35:01 PM

hotthree said:
Consider:

getting a 6850. you can find deals on these for around 120-130. Will be much better then the 6770.

and go with the corsair 430 psu as stated above....corsair/xfx/antec best low cost choices...stay away from thermaltake/ocz etc.

Good call. +1
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March 14, 2012 7:38:51 PM

I also agree with Hotthree.
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March 14, 2012 8:03:56 PM

What about that Asrock mobo recommandation? Is it any good? Reliable?
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March 14, 2012 11:51:22 PM

Disagree with Hotthree on the PSU, OCZ has gotten better and their older PSUs weren't half bad either. I don't know what you're talking about. The ZS and ZT series they currently are much better for the value, cheaper than the Corsairs but perform the same.

As for the build, check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Id suggest the Asrock H61 U3S3
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March 15, 2012 5:18:10 PM

Alright, so here's what I come up with:

Motherboard: ASrock Extreme3 Gen3 (149,99$)
CPU: i5-2400 (199,99$)
GPU: SAPPHIRE HD6850 (139,99$)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600mhz (44,99$)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb (92,99$)
PSU: Antec BP550 plus 550w (54,99$) (figured it was better than the CX430 from Corsair and similar price or so)
Case: HAF-912 (64,99$)

Total: 747,93 $CAD

All prices are from newegg, a bit more expensive than my first build idea.
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March 15, 2012 11:08:19 PM

It looks cheap, but the reviews are pretty decent... You would recommend ASrock h61 over h67 from Asus or Gigabyte?
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March 15, 2012 11:40:10 PM

Yes in money and performance. The performance wouldn't be too far off even if it was but the H61 and H67 chipsets have similar limitations that make it rather pointless to even justify the extra cost. Also the H61 U3S3 got solid marks from reviews I've seen.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=asro...
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March 15, 2012 11:45:08 PM

Alright looks decent, PCI slots are close to each other though.
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March 15, 2012 11:50:29 PM

I wouldn't really recommend a H61 or H67 board to a gamer... P67 (overclocking possible) or Z68 (the newer model is Z68, supporting Lucid Virtu and overclocking)...

If you're not considering overclocking (I'm going to assume you're not, since no CPU cooler in the build), go with a H61 board that suits your needs...

The only real ick that I have with that motherboard is that it's a MicroATX, but all the cheap motherboards are...

EDIT: Just noticed i5-2400, ignore overclocking part :sweat: 
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March 16, 2012 12:05:27 AM

Yeah well, I was also concerned about it being an M-ATX...

Found this board ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0), it's an ATX and seems good.
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March 16, 2012 12:49:26 AM

mATX is not a huge issue, the slots on a mATX board will always be close and the H61 U3S3 is good enough for most people who won't overclock. If you don't plan on SLI/CFing you might as well just go mATX, otherwise there is no point to go ATX imo. Especially since most ATX boards are Z68/P67 and you won't be overclocking or the ATX boards that are H61/H67 don't even have the extra PCI 2.0 slot for CF so it doesn't really justify the extra cost.

@ The cost of that P8H67-V you might as well go Z68. Just stick with the U3S3 and save.
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March 16, 2012 12:55:15 AM

The thing is I'm running a soundcard and a wi-fi PCI, I kind of need that extra space between slots.
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March 16, 2012 3:50:22 PM

Sounds good.

Motherboard: ASrock H61iCAFE (79,99$)
CPU: i5-2400 (199,99$)
GPU: SAPPHIRE HD6850 (139,99$)
Memory: Gskills Ripjaws X 8gb 1333mhz (41,99$)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb (92,99$)
PSU: Corsair CX500 (59,99$)
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March 16, 2012 9:25:33 PM

Alright looks good, good luck!
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March 16, 2012 10:26:40 PM

Best answer selected by VinceRoot.
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