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March 27, 2012 7:54:45 PM

I'm building a new computer to replace my 4+ year old build, just wanted some opinions on my choices and any recommendations for better components if necessary/possible in my budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: Would like to get the order in today.

What are you going to use the PC for? Gaming/Multimedia.

How much is your budget? $550.

Where are you located? United States.

Are you willing to buy online? Yes. Preferably Newegg.

Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? Yes. Hard drives, DVD/CD burner, OS, peripherals.

Have you already bought any parts? No.

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99

MB: ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $79.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 $189.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $149.99

PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply $39.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $41.99

Total cost (including instant discounts and promo codes, not including mail-in-rebates): $526.94 - Including MiR: $511.94

My current build has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ 3.10 GHz, Raedon HD 4850 1GB, and 4GB of RAM. I'm going to be giving this to my sister once I build my new one since her laptop died, so any recommendations for a new Hard Drive and Mouse+Keyboard under $100 would be great as well.

Thanks!

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March 27, 2012 9:40:12 PM

Get a better power supply. Raidmax is a notoriously shoddy brand, and that's not a very good PSU to boot. Reviews are very negative, with more than ten percent of all people who bought it giving it the worst possible rating.

You might get lucky, but chances are you'll blow it in a year, maybe less. Also, any PSU claiming to be SLI/Crossfire ready with a 17 amp 12v rail is just being dishonest about the quality of the PSU.
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March 28, 2012 3:49:01 AM

Are the CD/DVD and all HDDs SATA drivers? No old style IDE/PATA headers on the Asus MB.

Everything else is looking good.
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March 28, 2012 4:23:52 AM

Thanks for pointing that out, WR2. I didn't realize that MB didn't have IDE. Thankfully, everything is SATA. I also realized that RAIDMAX wasn't very good, so I went with the Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply on recommendation from another forum. Another plus is the free 2 day shipping on everything but the case with a ShopRunner free trial, which I plan on cancelling as soon as I'm sure I don't need to return anything. ;) 
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March 28, 2012 4:26:50 AM

willard said:
Get a better power supply. Raidmax is a notoriously shoddy brand, and that's not a very good PSU to boot. Reviews are very negative, with more than ten percent of all people who bought it giving it the worst possible rating.

You might get lucky, but chances are you'll blow it in a year, maybe less. Also, any PSU claiming to be SLI/Crossfire ready with a 17 amp 12v rail is just being dishonest about the quality of the PSU.


I agree - Raidmax makes a lot of garbage, and I'm saying that without hyperbole. And *NEVER* go that cheap on the PSU - that will end badly. A good Corsair CX600 or Seasonic M12 II PSU will be a far better option.

I'd also say get a full real ATX board and not an mATX - this is a good H67 board for only $10 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 28, 2012 4:39:48 AM

What kind of HDD needs to go into that old Athlon 64 X2 6000 system?
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March 28, 2012 4:55:35 AM

Thanks for the input, g-unit1111. I was going to go with a full ATX, but searching for a good one myself almost made me late for work, so I went with the micro.

WR2, glad I made a good choice, I was starting to worry. My current PSU is also an Antec: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified. Never had a single problem with it.

As for the Hard Drive, I'm eying this one: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB $79.99 with promo code. But I'm seriously considering leaving my 250GB Seagate in the old build and putting the new one in the new build along with the 750GB WD.
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