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April 18, 2012 12:33:57 AM

Hey all!

Newcomer to the TH forums here, but have spent a lot of time researching parts and reading other's forum posts. This build would be my first ever build, so any general advice would be greatly appreciated! More specifically, if there are any problems with the components, PLEASE let me know! Thanks in advance!


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Video, Video Editing, Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Sound System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com (but would be willing to look other places)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, everything else only preference is quality

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Think it's 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Not looking for anything flashy, just something I can enjoy games on.

And now for the components:

CPU: Intel i5-2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

****Note: This is the one area I am most unsure about. This is a decent mobo, but I'm wondering if I could find another mATX board on the market for the same price that would offer more flexibility***

RAM: Team Elite 8 GB DDR3-1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA 6GB/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill FBM-01 mATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Green RG630-S12 630W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again, any feedback that's provided will go a LOOOOONG way towards helping me out! Thanks so much!

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April 18, 2012 1:53:06 AM
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Looks good. The one thing I would change is your power supply to this one...Better quality and if you order before 4-19 its cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there are 2 reviews on every page almost that give 1 egg..warning sign to me
on the rosewill
April 18, 2012 2:40:08 AM

^I second that.

I wouldn't go micro ATX... I'm not even sure if they support dedicated video all that well. I really wouldn't go micro ATX... why do you want a micro ATX setup?
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April 18, 2012 3:11:04 AM

Thanks for the advice on that PSU...looks like a better product no doubt. As long as 600W is enough for the 7850 then that sounds good to me!

Now, as far as the mATX setup goes...I was just looking at cost really. The overall combined cost for an mATX board and case was lower than just the ATX. However, like I said, I'm not committed to this completely. I just wanted to post what I thought would be a good setup and see what intelligent people like yourselves would say! So, if there's a comparable cost ATX board and case...by all means help me out!!! Thanks!
April 18, 2012 3:18:08 AM

I'd consider an ATX board... the HAF 912 or the Antec Three Hundred Illusion case and any ASRock H61 ATX motherboard would be fine.
April 18, 2012 3:35:52 AM

OK, So those products aren't too far off in terms of cost. Now, with the ASRock H61 ATX board, I wouldn't be able to use the 7850 right? It doesn't have a PCIe 3.0x16 card slot, which is what the 7850 needs. Any other suggestions for a decently priced ATX board?!
April 18, 2012 3:38:50 AM

I'm fairly sure it can run the 7850... if someone who knows more about motherboards could see this and verify it? Possibly take this over as a question for the motherboards section... I'm really not sure on H61 chipset boards.
April 25, 2012 4:06:12 AM

Best answer selected by kdpatrick14.
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