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Look over my Budget Gaming build?

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March 14, 2012 9:48:43 PM

Purchase Date: Meh... probably around a month at the least. Have to look up a few more things.

Budget Range: 400-600 (I'm probably going to go over 600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding (nothing really intensive), Browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, and HARD DRIVE (I have an SSD)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg are nice. As long as the S+H doesn't cost more than the GPU!

Country: Indiana, USA (So I don't qualify for the Micro sale going around right now! :pfff:  )

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter, as long as it's reliable.

Overclocking: Hmm... probably later on down the road, when it's necessary and I don't want to upgrade :ange: 

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know how to, and whether it's stable, but I can give it a try.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 is the highest I'll go. 1080p might be coming up.

Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be showy at all. Keeping it cool and quiet would be nice.

So here's what I've got (thanks to sosofm for helping me out with most of this build):

Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Now, here's the thing. It's a cheap mobo. Is there any other cheap mobo that would be better? The case I'm looking at is without a 3.0 USB port, but I can always go around to the back and plug directly into the mobo (right?).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5-2500k
I deliberated a lot about this, and decided to get the more expensive but much better chip (before it was i3 2120) in favor of a longer-lasting build. Tell me if I'm wrong.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Radeon Sapphire 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
Now, I'm not sure this can handle it. I've also heard a lot of good things about Corsair. What would you suggest?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-RW: Samsung 22x DVD burner
Don't need Bluray, this is almost a backup thing for my Windows CD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912
This case looks nice except for a few things: 1) No USB 3.0 and 2) The fans are weak. For a $60 case, i don't think this should happen. It's more than my mobo!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM/Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
I do think 8GB is better long-term, and the mobo I have only has 2 slots. This is another reason for upgrading mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost: $615 (without $10 S+H)

I really like the GPU. That's staying. The rest can be replaced at your guys' discretion. I need to know
1) If you would switch out any parts (specifically mobo, case, and PSU if it can't take it)
2) If the PSU can take the power (even with overclocking. Leaving some overhead)
3) If I should get any fans, and if so, which ones. I want this system to be relatively quiet, but yet not burning up.
4) If everything's compatible

Thank's guys! I'm having a huge internal debate about the i3 vs i5 chip, too! I'm going to currently be playing Battlefield, Combat Arms, and CoD (and other fps) on this computer more than anything else, so you be the judge! I don't want to constantly have to keep upgrading, either. Overall, I think this is a really nice budget build for gaming.

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March 14, 2012 10:48:27 PM

That looks mostly fine, those fans should provide more than enough airflow and the PSU is more than good enough.

The motherboard however doesn't allow overclocking. If you want to overclock you will want to upgrade to a Z68 board, if not then switch the CPU to the i5-2400.
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