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April 15, 2012 7:23:15 PM

Hi guys, I've been perusing this forum for a few weeks and am thinking about pulling the trigger on this build and would like you guys to look over it. Is there anywhere I could save some money or make a large upgrade for a small price increase? I'd like to hold onto this build for a few years, will any components be obsolete soon or are already outdated? Will this build run most new and near future games on the highest settings with decent framerates and resolution? Is everything compatible? Thanks in advance, this will be my first build so any advice is appreciated.

This build will be primarily used for gaming

Here are the links to my wishlists:

http://amzn.com/w/36FE3XI35EIF4

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19015905

List of parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W ($189.99)

GPU: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card ($158.39)

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($66.50)

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($69.99)

Ram: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ($40.99)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($79.99)

Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor ($139.99)

Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($18.99)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($49.99)

Total: $814.82

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April 15, 2012 7:41:55 PM
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I'd switch out the motherboard - mATX and H61 are *NEVER* a good idea on a full desktop build. You forfeit two RAM slots and 4 SATA ports in case you want to add more drives, and you also forfeit an x16 lane in case you want to add a second video card. Not to mention limited access to the BIOS. If you wanted to I'd suggest switching the CPU for an i3-2120 and then upgrading your GPU to a 7850.

Try this build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99 ($15.00 MIR)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor - $139.99

Total: $902.91 - $45.00 MIR = $857.91

A little bit more but the motherboard is way better and will open up far more expansion options than H61 will.
April 15, 2012 7:59:33 PM

Thanks for the reply. So would switching to the i3 gimp performance or is an i5 quad core overkill? I'm guessing if I go with i3 and 7850 I can upgrade the CPU if I need to later?
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April 15, 2012 8:20:17 PM

nothing is over kill in this hardware world. Every year the manufactures releases new product. Like wise the software ppl also do the same. The matter is worse in the gaming world. With over expensive hardwares u may be able to play all the latest games at a very high setting but after one year there is no guarantee that they will be able to keep up to the level with the freshly released games.

Cpu is socket dependent. If there is a new processor available later on for ur socket type then u can surely upgrade.
April 15, 2012 10:40:12 PM

Ok so I think I'm switching to the z68, i3, and 7850.

I also found this rosewill psu/case combo. I know I need a quality psu and was wondering if Rosewill is a good choice.

Overall it comes out to $899 including shipping

Thanks for the help!
April 16, 2012 1:56:03 AM

Hmm, so with the 2500k and 6870 I got a total of $892 including shipping and rebates. So basically the same price as the i3-2120 and 7850.

I guess it's worth the GPU sacrifice for a better CPU? Hope it's not too big a sacrifice, but like you said I could always upgrade later and the 2500k should provide more value in the long run. Thanks again for your responses.
April 16, 2012 2:50:07 AM

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