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Firt Build - $800 or Lower - Gaming: Is this Build Compatible?

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March 23, 2012 12:29:55 AM

My friend and I were doing some research trying to put together a decent computer for gaming. I want something fast, but it doesn't need to be over the line. Just needs to handle most games and achieve some office programs. Here is what we came up with, will these items be compatible and turn out a good computer?

Tower: Antec 900 Black Steel ATX

Motherboard: We haven't decided yet. Looking around the pricrange of $150 and something that will work with the Video Card and Processor we've chose.

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 HD

RAM: G. Skill RipJaws X Series 8 GB 240-Pin DDr3 SDRam DDR3 1866

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracude Grean 2 TB hard drive

CD Drive: HP HPDVD1270I Multiformat DVD writer

Wireless Network Card: INTEL

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3Ghz Turbo Boost LGA 1155 95W Quad Core Desktop

Power Supply Corsair CMPSU0600 CXV2 Builder Series 600W, 80 Plues, 1200mm Fan, Single +12 V Rail, Active PFC


So that's what I have so far, after looking through Newegg and Tiger Direct all this should run me $800. What do you all think?
March 23, 2012 12:40:23 AM

I wouldn't get a green drive for your HDD, they have slower RPMs and down speed or even shut off quite often to save power. Other than that everything looks good. Also to save about $30-$40 you could get a different case from Antec that's basically the same without the window:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 23, 2012 12:40:25 AM

Thanks for the input. My buddy was saying I could overclock it, but I don't think it matters that much. Anything will be better then what I was playing on which was like 9fps on WoW, anything has to be better then that. So everything should work together?
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March 23, 2012 12:42:27 AM

Check the $800 build in my sig. It includes an OS for the budget. Comes with i5 2400 + HD7850.
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March 23, 2012 12:42:35 AM

stickg1 said:
I wouldn't get a green drive for your HDD, they have slower RPMs and down speed or even shut off quite often to save power. Other than that everything looks good. Also to save about $30-$40 you could get a different case from Antec that's basically the same without the window:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



What's the difference? Sorry, I'm pretty much ignorant when it comes to all this. What should I look for?
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March 23, 2012 12:49:32 AM

Zero_ said:
Check the $800 build in my sig. It includes an OS for the budget. Comes with i5 2400 + HD7850.



Thanks, I'll that into consideration.
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March 23, 2012 12:52:24 AM

Good selection, I'd throw in a hyper 212plus cooler to overclock that cpu.
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March 23, 2012 1:01:38 AM

chall said:
What's the difference? Sorry, I'm pretty much ignorant when it comes to all this. What should I look for?


You want something that runs 7200rpm all the time:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a decent drive that wont break the bank, I actually got one last week they had it on sale at best buy for like $80, I couldnt pass it up.
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March 23, 2012 6:17:40 PM

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March 23, 2012 6:19:57 PM

phatbuddha79 said:
Good selection, I'd throw in a hyper 212plus cooler to overclock that cpu.



We were talking about overclocking the computer. I understand that it allows the processor to work above its standards, but at what means would I need to make a pretty good process even better? How much of a different would it make and why would it be applicable?
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March 23, 2012 6:33:30 PM

chall said:
We were talking about overclocking the computer. I understand that it allows the processor to work above its standards, but at what means would I need to make a pretty good process even better? How much of a different would it make and why would it be applicable?


Depending on the hardware I can increase performance but as much as 40% in some cases. If you want to overclock in the future then get an unlocked processor and aftermarket cooler. Then read up on the subject, the more knowledge the better.
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