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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=N82E16819115074


CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k ($180)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V LGA ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128539


Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Pro3 ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

Video card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604


Video Card - MSI twin Frozr 7850 2GB ($270)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2316882&sku=M452-7870

Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 ($38)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422


Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1600 PC3 12800 ($47)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III ($130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726


Hard drive - Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM Caviar Blue ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

DVD drive- Samsung 22x dvd burner ($14)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

Power supply - Rosewill Green Series 630W ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

SSD mounting kit ($5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997013


Case - NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084


Cooler - Cooler Master ($35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Case - Cooler Master HAF ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=COOLER%20MASTER%20HAF%20912

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?product_id=0354590


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

Edit- I changed a bunch of stuff :D
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  1. Best answer
    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=N82E16820231314

    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=N82E16820148441

    HDD: For $20 more, you can get 1TB:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    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.
  2. kelthic said:


    "We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this item has been deactivated"

    His PSU is fine.
  3. 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=N82E16811119233&Tpk=cooler%20master%20haf%20912 you won't need an SSD kit because there are 2.5 inch drive bays.
  4. 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.
  5. 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=N82E16819115074

    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V LGA ($60)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128539

    Video card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB ($230)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Ram - G.Skill 2x4GB DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 ($38)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III ($130)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726

    Hard drive (storage) - Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM Caviar Blue ($80)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    DVD drive- Samsung 22x dvd burner ($14)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    Power supply - Rosewill Green Series 630W ($60)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

    SSD mounting kit ($5)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997013

    Case - NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower ($55)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146084


    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?product_id=0354590


    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=N82E16813128544
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    I'd also switch out your video card with the Radeon 7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984
  6. 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=N82E16820231314

    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=N82E16820148441

    HDD: For $20 more, you can get 1TB:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!


    Anonymous 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?
  10. Get a seasonic psu instead those crappy rose will psu's. I wouldn't trust a company that makes almost everything under the sun.
  11. Plasmid said:
    Get a seasonic psu instead those crappy rose will psu's. I wouldn't trust a company that makes almost everything under the sun.


    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-supplies
  12. It looks GREAT! So much nicer... the only thing I would recommend is upgrading to a 1TB 7200rpm HDD... it'll only cost you $20 more. Here's a link:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Other than that, this build looks really good! If you really want an SSD, you can try a Crucial M4 64GB SSD for only $80 for boot and games: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
  13. 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-supplies


    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.
  14. 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 :)
  15. Best answer selected by Furi Kuri.
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