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April 16, 2012 9:55:31 PM

Hi there! I'm new here, and I love this site so far!
I'm building a new computer, mostly for gaming, and wanted to make sure I'm doing okay.

My budget is ~850 and here are the parts I'm looking to order

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Quad Core 3.1GHz ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k ($180)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V LGA ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Pro3 ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card - MSI twin Frozr 7850 2GB ($270)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 ($38)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1600 PC3 12800 ($47)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard drive - Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM Caviar Blue ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD drive- Samsung 22x dvd burner ($14)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply - Rosewill Green Series 630W ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD mounting kit ($5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case - NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Cooler - Cooler Master ($35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Cooler Master HAF ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is my power supply okay for what I have?
I don't know much about cooling, will the 3 fans that come with the case be enough? Or will I need more
I think I'll probably stay with Ivy Bridge, but approximately how much will prices go down after Sandy Bridge comes out? Is it enough to wait to order?

I just checked mircocenter and I should probably pick up the i5 there instead
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Thanks so much for any help! I greatly appreciate it.

Edit- I changed a bunch of stuff :D 

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April 16, 2012 10:11:41 PM

Awww... you're not overclocking with an $850 budget? That's disappointing... I would really, really, really recommend it. That being said, if you change your mind about overclocking (please do), tell us... I'll change some parts accordingly. Anyway... here's what I would change:

Mobo: I don't know enough to change it to something non-Z68. I'd recommend the ASRock Pro3 Z68, though, as a motherboard, because I'd recommend going with a full-size ATX board. The one you have is micro-ATX

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr OC GTX 560 Ti at the least. Try to upgrade to an MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7850, though... much, much better GPU

RAM: DDR3-1600 1.5v CAS9 RAM (8GB):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: 128GB is excessive, and it's not really necessary for this build. I'd recommend taking off the SSD and putting the money on the GPU... it'll have more actual results. However, if you want to keep the SSD, I'd suggest getting a Crucial M4 64GB for OS and some games ($80): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: For $20 more, you can get 1TB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: You're fine

SSD Mounting Kit: If you keep the SSD, then see below...

Case: HAF 912... it already has 2.5 adapters, so you don't need the mounting kit, it has a great chassis, it's the same price (cheaper with rebates) and it has great cooling.

Yes, go with the microcenter. Try to pick up a CPU-motherboard deal... the motherboards are commonly $50 off with a CPU. I think the fans in the HAF will be enough. IB is really preference... it seems to be really hot (as in temperature), so you might want to stick with SB anyway.
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April 16, 2012 10:16:47 PM

I'm not sure how much the price will go down but IB is supposedly going to be 10-15% better than SB. Prices may match that depending on real world performance. To improve your build, I would choose a 64 gb SSD and spend the extra money trying to get a Radeon 7850. Your PSU, I would suggest getting a 550W one as 7850 is more power efficient. Also, if you get this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you won't need an SSD kit because there are 2.5 inch drive bays.
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April 16, 2012 10:23:02 PM

SUPPOSEDLY. Keep in mind that there have been some chips that people have gotten ahold of that turned out to be TERRIBLE at mid-range overclocking, and had way higher TDP and temps than were expected. It was like 5-10C hotter than SB... which is unacceptable. May be the motherboard manufacturers are just getting used to the chip, but at this point, you won't be disappointed in the i5-2500k. No one is upgrading from SB to IB, and SB will NOT disappoint you.
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April 16, 2012 10:27:21 PM

Furi Kuri said:
Hi there! I'm new here, and I love this site so far!
I'm building a new computer, mostly for gaming, and wanted to make sure I'm doing okay.

My budget is ~850 and here are the parts I'm looking to order

CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Quad Core 3.1GHz ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V LGA ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 ($38)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive (storage) - Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM Caviar Blue ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD drive- Samsung 22x dvd burner ($14)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply - Rosewill Green Series 630W ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD mounting kit ($5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Is my power supply okay for what I have?
I don't know much about cooling, will the 3 fans that come with the case be enough? Or will I need more
I think I'll probably stay with Ivy Bridge, but approximately how much will prices go down after Sandy Bridge comes out? Is it enough to wait to order?

I just checked mircocenter and I should probably pick up the i5 there instead
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Thanks so much for any help! I greatly appreciate it.


You should *REALLY* ditch the SSD and upgrade your motherboard and CPU - H61 is about as stripped-down, bare bones as it gets. Not a good choice. Go with a Z77 and the 500GB mechanical drive.

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

I'd also switch out your video card with the Radeon 7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 16, 2012 10:34:06 PM

ddan49 said:
Awww... you're not overclocking with an $850 budget? That's disappointing... I would really, really, really recommend it. That being said, if you change your mind about overclocking (please do), tell us... I'll change some parts accordingly. Anyway... here's what I would change:

Mobo: I don't know enough to change it to something non-Z68. I'd recommend the ASRock Pro3 Z68, though, as a motherboard, because I'd recommend going with a full-size ATX board. The one you have is micro-ATX

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr OC GTX 560 Ti at the least. Try to upgrade to an MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7850, though... much, much better GPU

RAM: DDR3-1600 1.5v CAS9 RAM (8GB):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: 128GB is excessive, and it's not really necessary for this build. I'd recommend taking off the SSD and putting the money on the GPU... it'll have more actual results. However, if you want to keep the SSD, I'd suggest getting a Crucial M4 64GB for OS and some games ($80): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: For $20 more, you can get 1TB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: You're fine

SSD Mounting Kit: If you keep the SSD, then see below...

Case: HAF 912... it already has 2.5 adapters, so you don't need the mounting kit, it has a great chassis, it's the same price (cheaper with rebates) and it has great cooling.

Yes, go with the microcenter. Try to pick up a CPU-motherboard deal... the motherboards are commonly $50 off with a CPU. I think the fans in the HAF will be enough. IB is really preference... it seems to be really hot (as in temperature), so you might want to stick with SB anyway.


Thanks! I have class right now so I'll get back to this, but I think I could switch to the i5 2500k for overclocking (its only $180 at microcenter). And I'll take your advice on switching to a smaller SSD.
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April 16, 2012 11:16:43 PM

Yeah... what g-unit said about the motherboard also applies. Switch the motherboard to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (or Pro3... depends on what you want), get a Hyper 212 Evo to cool off your CPU, and try to upgrade to a 7850... it'll be worth it! I'd suggest the MSI Twin Frozr II OC option. If you have to pick between getting a 7850 or an SSD, pick the 7850.
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April 16, 2012 11:43:02 PM

ddan49 said:
Yeah... what g-unit said about the motherboard also applies. Switch the motherboard to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (or Pro3... depends on what you want), get a Hyper 212 Evo to cool off your CPU, and try to upgrade to a 7850... it'll be worth it! I'd suggest the MSI Twin Frozr II OC option. If you have to pick between getting a 7850 or an SSD, pick the 7850.


I'd pick the motherboard first because even the best GPUs are only as good as the surrounding hardware - with H61 you sacrifice a lot - RAM slots, PCI slots, BIOS access, you name it. You don't want to water down a good GPU with a motherboard that can't support it.
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April 16, 2012 11:57:00 PM

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April 17, 2012 1:19:40 AM

ddan49 said:
Yeah... what g-unit said about the motherboard also applies. Switch the motherboard to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (or Pro3... depends on what you want), get a Hyper 212 Evo to cool off your CPU, and try to upgrade to a 7850... it'll be worth it! I'd suggest the MSI Twin Frozr II OC option. If you have to pick between getting a 7850 or an SSD, pick the 7850.


Of course, I didn't mean to make it seem like I just ignored that, I was just in a hurry. I switched to the ASRock Z77 Pro3, thanks for the help!


g-unit1111 said:
I'd pick the motherboard first because even the best GPUs are only as good as the surrounding hardware - with H61 you sacrifice a lot - RAM slots, PCI slots, BIOS access, you name it. You don't want to water down a good GPU with a motherboard that can't support it.


Great thanks! I switched a few things around. Could you tell me what you think?

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April 17, 2012 1:30:27 AM

Get a seasonic psu instead those crappy rose will psu's. I wouldn't trust a company that makes almost everything under the sun.
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April 17, 2012 1:38:14 AM

kelthic said:
that's what i said until ddan said something and i looked into it and found the Rosewill on http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power...


Oh! Cool! I saved a company! :pt1cable: 
I've never heard of PROBLEMS with Rosewill, but I've never really heard anyone recommend them, either. Anyway, this one's gold rated, and at the price he got both... well... I don't think it'll be that bad.
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April 17, 2012 1:39:32 AM

ddan49 said:
Oh! Cool! I saved a company! :pt1cable: 
I've never heard of PROBLEMS with Rosewill, but I've never really heard anyone recommend them, either. Anyway, this one's gold rated, and at the price he got both... well... I don't think it'll be that bad.



Well idk that you saved the company, but you sure made me eat my words :) 
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April 29, 2012 5:13:33 AM

Best answer selected by Furi Kuri.
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