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April 21, 2012 6:08:34 PM

Okay so I'm completely new to this thing ( building computers and such). But I have a list of everything that I will be good to build my Gaming Desktop, but I need the communities help in knowing what I'm buying is compatible with eachother and getting the biggest bang for my buck. Okay so here are all the Specs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Okay now something else very important, what are any cables ill need, because I've been told I'll need to get extra cables for connecting the hard drive or something because it's a bare one. Please include a link for cables I'll need. Thank you for any answers, but please know what you are talking about so I don't order all this only to be disappointed. =D

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April 21, 2012 6:47:16 PM

You don't need any extra cables. The mobo includes them (I think the one you listed includes 2 SATA cables). My couple of recommendations would be:

Another option for a PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More Wattage, modular, and cheaper (and still having same 80 plus bronze rating).

Also, to have another case option, this one is going on sale for $40 at 4 PM EST : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=tgWadovY...

Everything else looks solid, though I am not a fan of AMD chips, so I won't comment on that :) 
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April 21, 2012 6:49:40 PM

You went with an AMD CPU. That's not good... Intel is MUCH MUCH MUCH better for gaming. I'm not going to change the monitor or speakers, but here's the build I'd suggest. Also, what's your budget? Are you going to overclock?

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Yours is not very good... I don't think it'll run D3 very well. This'll run anything on high, and many things on Max (I'm sure it can run almost anything on max atm). Get the MSI Twin Frozr II OC edition of any GPU you're going to buy.
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
This is interchangeable with a few others... Corsair 400R is fine. This one is just really sexy. I don't know... I'm just showing it. The 400R is $100, and if you want a cheaper case, the Antec Three Hundred Illusion is the same price as the HAF 912 you have, and it's better imo (fan controllers...).
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $962.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-21 14:47 EDT-0400)
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April 21, 2012 6:50:23 PM

JHund said:
You don't need any extra cables. The mobo includes them (I think the one you listed includes 2 SATA cables). My couple of recommendations would be:

Another option for a PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More Wattage, modular, and cheaper (and still having same 80 plus bronze rating).

Also, to have another case option, this one is going on sale for $40 at 4 PM EST : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=tgWadovY...

Everything else looks solid, though I am not a fan of AMD chips, so I won't comment on that :) 


That case looks pretty good... Lian Li is expensive, but good
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April 21, 2012 6:54:43 PM

@ddan49,

I don't think he needs that expensive of a GPU. I ran Diablo 3 on my old system with a 5.5 year old Radeon HD 3870 card and it ran exceptionally well (with all settings medium or high). The 6870 would be more than enough for Diablo 3 and other modern games.

Also, you don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you do not plan on OC'ing.

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April 21, 2012 6:56:20 PM

yeah I don't plan on overclocking, as of right now anyways, mainly because I don't know how to.
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Anonymous
April 21, 2012 6:56:51 PM

you do know that you picked a
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb

with a:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

an AMD cpu is NOT compatible with a INTEL board.

if you are looking JUST for a D3 build get an i3 2100 with that board. if you are going do more than D3 get a AM3 socket board for the same pricing.
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April 21, 2012 6:56:57 PM

But he never said he didn't want to overclock. Also, that GPU will keep him for a few years. I'm assuming D3 isn't all he is going to run? But yes, a 6870 would be fine. I'd still recommend the MSI Twin Frozr II OC... it's exceptional, although a little more expensive.

bowmanx, make sure you tell us if you want to overclock or not. I'd recommend it, but if you're not going to, we have to change the build.

EDIT: oops, you already told us. In that case, switch out the CPU for an i5-2400, the mobo for an H61, and don't buy the CPU cooler.
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April 21, 2012 6:57:25 PM

Anonymous said:
you do know that you picked a
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb

with a:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

an AMD cpu is NOT compatible with a INTEL board.

if you are looking JUST for a D3 build get an i3 2100 with that board. if you are going do more than D3 get a AM3 socket board for the same pricing.


Good point. I didn't really look past the CPU, GPU, and case.
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April 21, 2012 7:02:12 PM

alright so I wanna keep my intel board, now what processor should I go with? And I probably will overclock at some point.
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April 21, 2012 7:05:34 PM

Bowmanx4587 said:
alright so I wanna keep my intel board, now what processor should I go with? And I probably will overclock at some point.


I would recommend either a 2500k or waiting for the Ivy Bridge version that's coming out on the 29th (3570k). These are great gaming chips that are easily OC'able.

You can always hold off on an after-market cooler until you are ready to OC.
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April 21, 2012 7:09:19 PM

Alright so how does this look?

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

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

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271

Graphics/Video card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] we8wg2n81i

Hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181

DVD drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 2g1ilo5opj

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] k5qn4qig6b

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236059

Speakers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6836121014


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Anonymous
April 21, 2012 7:10:27 PM

JHund said:
I would recommend either a 2500k or waiting for the Ivy Bridge version that's coming out on the 29th (3570k). These are great gaming chips that are easily OC'able.

You can always hold off on an after-market cooler until you are ready to OC.



do NOT wait for ivy to overclock! not nearly as good as a sandy cpu. you CAN quote me on that.
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April 21, 2012 7:12:53 PM

what about a cooler/heatsink guys, can anyone recommend a good/cheap one?
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April 21, 2012 7:14:09 PM

Looniam is right about IB... somewhat. If you're going to wait anyway, get IB... all the stuff saying it's hot really can't be verified, and Anandtech said it OCed 5-15% better. If you are going to wait just for IB, get SB. Not much of a difference. Anyway, if you are going to overclock, CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), ASRock Extreme3 motherboard, and i5-2500k

Also, your links don't work. Try posting just the names... we don't need links 'cause we know enough about the parts no to need them :) 
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April 21, 2012 7:14:34 PM

Bowmanx4587 said:
what about a cooler/heatsink guys, can anyone recommend a good/cheap one?


Did you even look at the build I suggested?
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April 21, 2012 7:37:21 PM

JHund said:


Another option for a PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More Wattage, modular, and cheaper (and still having same 80 plus bronze rating).


Definitely cheaper... but same price before rebate and OCZ doesn't pay their rebates. they are the SAME wattage if you actually read the label for 12V. And modular is nice but the single 12V rail on the corsair is nicer. that 4 rail low amp multi rail junk on the OCZ is annoying.

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Anonymous
April 21, 2012 7:40:06 PM

ddan49 said:
Looniam is right about IB... somewhat. If you're going to wait anyway, get IB... all the stuff saying it's hot really can't be verified, and Anandtech said it OCed 5-15% better. If you are going to wait just for IB, get SB. Not much of a difference. Anyway, if you are going to overclock, CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), ASRock Extreme3 motherboard, and i5-2500k

Also, your links don't work. Try posting just the names... we don't need links 'cause we know enough about the parts no to need them :) 

there is more than just one unverified test, please go to the ivy/haswell thread to see different postings/thoughts/speculations/arguments on the sudject:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-303971_28_3550.h...

ivy is not going to be a game changer like sandy bridge was/is. it si starting a new technology that isn't exactly problem free:
http://chipdesignmag.com/sld/blog/2011/05/26/tri-gate%E...

though it has increased performance:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c...

it gets extremely hot overclocking which causes intel to raise the TDP from 77 to 95 watts:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4621/intel_ivy_bridge...
"Heat is something we've heard isn't great on the IVB CPUs at the moment and dammmmmm does the 3770k get warm. We actually got it to hit 105c at some points and throttle down. The most important thing to remember, though, is we're still dealing with early versions of the CPUs. "

granted as stated it is an early verson, but if you jump on ivy now, what you expect, a later version?
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April 21, 2012 7:43:10 PM

I'd wait until it's released... things change sometimes in a few weeks
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April 21, 2012 8:02:05 PM

Alright so here's my final specifications, I'm not sure on a few but here are the choices

processor:

Intel core i5 2400 ----OR---- intel core i5 2500k (not sure on this one)

Power supply:

OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Case:

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

DVD drive:

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Hard drive:

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

Video card: (Im not sure on this one, any better ideas?)

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

MOBO: ( not sure on these two, which one would be better?)

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ---------OR------- ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

And of course the speakers and monitor but I'm completly set on those.





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April 21, 2012 10:21:40 PM

CPU: Are you going to overclock? A definitive answer would be best.
PSU: 80+ is good... but OCZ has some bad reviews. I'm not too sure on that one.
Case: Check out the Antec Three Hundred Illusion... better cooling in that one. However, both are fine and the same price.
DVD: ASUS is always good
HDD: 16MB cache actually seems too small... also, 3.0Gb/s should be 6.0... try the one I recommended: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card/GPU: If all you're going to run is WoW and D3, then get an MSI Hawk 6870. It'll run ANY game out there, but BF3 will run on low/medium. It'll max out WoW, and probably D3 as well.
Mobo: Are you overclocking? If so, get the Extreme3 Gen3 (Pro3 Gen3 if you need to save money... Extreme3 is better, though). If not, then the H61... although I wouldn't go with micro ATX.
Memory: Looks good.

If you're overclocking, also get a CPU fan: Hyper 212 Evo.
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April 21, 2012 10:49:54 PM

No I'm not going to overclock. Can you give me a link to the H61 motherboard?
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Anonymous
April 21, 2012 11:49:35 PM

honestly not overclocking shouldn't matter for getting the asrock Z68. it is a much better board than any H61; which are microATX form factor and a real pain to do anything with. plus you will have not as many pci lanes and no raid. (you may deside to set up a raid0 to increase you HD performance or get a SSD later)
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