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April 23, 2012 4:33:57 PM

I'm looking to build a new system that should cost me about 600$ with an i5 processor. Here is what I want on it but need to check whether the processor is compatible to the motherboard, as well as if RAM, power supply, ect. are compatible. This is my first build ever. I want too hook it up to my tv via hdmi and have a basic system that can support an i5 and that i can upgrade later.

1) Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid-Tower Case - ATX, 7+1 Expansion Slots, USB 2.0, Front blue LED fan w/ SSD adapter & built-in hard drive dock

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

2) OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 600-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

3) Intel Core i5-2400 BX80623I52400 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.10 GHz (3.40 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

4) ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2200MHz-DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

5) Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

6) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT - OEM DVD and Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM and Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM Bundle

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

7) Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Are there any cheaper parts that i could find without sacrificing PSU, motherboard and processor?

Note: I am using tiger direct parts because i have one close to my home and I can pick up easily. If there is a way to keep cost down, even with an amd i would consider it.
April 23, 2012 4:35:45 PM

it's compatible, should be no problem there you can go cheaper by going with asrock pro3 if i'm right
April 23, 2012 5:20:14 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
it's compatible, should be no problem there you can go cheaper by going with asrock pro3 if i'm right


I wouldn't go with that motherboard though because you forfeit an x16 lane and you want to Crossfire or SLI later on you're SOL.

That's a good build but I notice you're lacking a GPU - if you want to hook up through HDMI you will need a GPU with an HDMI card. What's your max budget?
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April 23, 2012 5:35:43 PM

The MOBO comes with an HDMI port, but yes, a GPU is needed for best gameplay.
April 23, 2012 11:23:23 PM

I am prob going to add a GPU later. Don't have enough funds right now. What would be a good GPU to use with the PSU (600w) of my build
April 23, 2012 11:25:47 PM

Depends on the budget.

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April 24, 2012 12:05:48 AM
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IMO:

$100 - $150: AMD Radeon HD 6850
$150 - $200: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560
$200 - $250: AMD Radeon HD 7850
$250 - $300: None currently (superclocked GTX 560TI / 570 maybe, 2 x 6850 - stretching it)
$300 - $350: AMD Radeon HD 7870
$350 - $400: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 580
$400 - $500: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 680
April 24, 2012 12:11:03 AM

I would say 7950 for $350-400.
May 4, 2012 3:39:39 AM

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