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March 27, 2012 10:55:06 PM

Please check my rig out, let me know of any compatibility issues, or any thoughts and concerns.

Thanks, Chris

Case: Antec 900 - $20 (Includes PSU)

PSU: Ultra 750 watt PSU

Processor: i3 2100 ($109)

Mobo: Intel H67 ($90)

Ram: 6gb G.Skill DDR3 ($40)

All of the above have been bought. I bought the Case and PSU from a guy off of craigslist. So far were at $260.

Now on video cards. I'm in between a 550ti and a 6850. Let me know which you guys think is better.

EVGA 550ti 2gb VRAM

Sapphire 6850

Let me know your thoughts on graphics cards!

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March 27, 2012 11:02:44 PM
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That PSU is heavy for your needs, and the psu's that come with cases are generally not decent quality models. I would look at replacing this model with a 500w 80+ certified model.

For $18 more on your cpu you can get the i3 2120 on newegg, so that might be something you want to consider.

The ram you bought is a tri channel kit for x58 motherboards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would be a much better option and it's 2GB more for cheaper.

I would consider http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... over the motherboard you picked.

To be honest i'd probably go with a 6850 in your situation. It's a better performer.
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March 28, 2012 12:21:49 AM

Will the ram work with my board? It has already been purchased >.<
March 28, 2012 12:28:02 AM

Return it. It's 1333 1.5V-1.6V and that's not good. You want RAM that will run for sure at 1.5V or less. And although 1333Mhz is fine, having RAM that will run at 1600Mhz and 1.5V is better because you have more margin.

With the promo code this is a great buy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 28, 2012 12:43:34 AM

chayes said:
Please check my rig out, let me know of any compatibility issues, or any thoughts and concerns.

Thanks, Chris

Case: Antec 900 - $20 (Includes PSU)



Ummm, that case is $100 and DOES NOT include a PSU, am I missing something here? Get an Antec 300, its a great case for $50
March 28, 2012 12:47:43 AM

stickg1 said:
Ummm, that case is $100 and DOES NOT include a PSU, am I missing something here? Get an Antec 300, its a great case for $50


I bought both the PSU and the case from a guy off of craigslist for $20
March 28, 2012 12:56:55 AM

chayes said:
I bought both the PSU and the case from a guy off of craigslist for $20


OIC, I wish people around here listed cool stuff on craigslist, I live in between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA in a small town, not a lot of cool stuff turns up. Anyway, good deal on the case, I think there is still something to be desired of the PSU, if you have money left in your budget then get a new one. And dude, ask us first before you start ordering stuff! That is the purpose of this thread isn't it? It's fixable though, tell newegg you ordered the wrong thing and don't open the box, they will refund you no problem.
March 28, 2012 1:13:35 AM

The 550Ti is weak. Get the 6790 which is cheap and better performing.
March 28, 2012 5:01:27 PM

Ok, so about the mobo. Would the ASRRock be much better than the intel board I ordered? I plan on eventually upgrading to maybe a i5 2400 if the prices lower. What other features does the ASR board have over the intel that makes it better?

Please let me know soon so that I can return the intel board to newegg.

thanks! :]
March 28, 2012 7:16:20 PM

Junk that case. Not a bad case, but on your budget, you can do better.

How about this instead?

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

They are nice, easy to build in. If you have a microcenter nearby, a lot of times I see those cases going for 30 bucks after rebates a lot.

Power supplies, the 750 watt there might be ok, I've got a 650 watt version of that, but may upgrade eventually as my PSU has 38 amps on the 12v+ rail. But it is 3 years old or so.

Take the 50-60 you save on your case, pick up the 2400 imo.
March 28, 2012 7:25:28 PM

He got the Antec 900 for $20
March 28, 2012 11:44:13 PM

Yeah I realized that as I was just rereading. Been a long day. Then for 20 bucks that is a great deal. As for the Ultra power supply, might be a little iffy to get both items for 20. I have the 650 watt version, and the 650 watt is not bad. I can't speak for the 750, but Ultra has been ok for me, there are better units available for sure though.
April 8, 2012 12:51:37 PM

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