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April 12, 2012 6:15:23 PM

Hello all,

For about a month, I've been researching as much as I could before buying my first gaming rig. I plan on using it for Iracing, along with all the other popular sim-racing games. I must warn you, the only experience I have comes from my research in the past month or so, so please bear with me.

I just figured I'd check with the knowledgable community just to see if I'm making any last minute mistakes with pairing up the parts.

I'm still not too confident actually assembling the computer, but I figure I'll be alright.

So....on to the parts!

--GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

--Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

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

--XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

--CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

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

--COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

--Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

--ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM

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

--G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

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


So, that's that! I figure that, down the road, I can upgrade the video card and have a nicely set up machine?

What do you all think?

I appreciate all your opinions.

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April 12, 2012 6:25:10 PM

That looks pretty good for the most part - only I'd pay a little bit more for the motherboard if you can - I still don't get why Gigabyte includes parallel and serial ports anymore when that type of hardware hasn't been made since the late 90's. I'd say go for this instead - more future proof: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I'd probably switch this for your PSU - not a fan of the Corsair GS series: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise everything else looks good - a lot of the same stuff I would have picked.
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April 12, 2012 6:57:31 PM

I'm a fan of corsair PSU's. I'd go the the HX or TX line though.
I would also look at Asus / EVGA for your mobo or a higher end gigabite. ($200 ish price range)
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April 12, 2012 7:22:30 PM

killermoats said:
I'm a fan of corsair PSU's. I'd go the the HX or TX line though.
I would also look at Asus / EVGA for your mobo or a higher end gigabite. ($200 ish price range)


EVGA motherboards - at least recently have had very questionable reliability. Although I do have to say I saw the Z77 FTW and I'm liking what I'm seeing, even though the price is a bit steep I think that will be my next board.
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April 12, 2012 8:03:28 PM

Thanks very much for the advice!

So, I looked around at some other motherboards and found this....

--ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

I also switched the Power supply to what you've recommended.

Looking any better?

Thanks again!
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April 20, 2012 4:43:28 PM

Best answer selected by mitsuzuki.
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