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May 21, 2012 9:24:16 PM

Hi guys i've been investigating for several weeks and i want you to look at the build i got and tell me if there is compatibility issues.

Approximate purchase date: 40 days

Budget Range: lower than $940

System Usage from most to least important: Gaming, watching videos

Parts not required: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

Preferred websites for parts: Only Amazon.

Country: Dominican Republic

Parts preference: Intel, AMD GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI / Crossfire: Yes, in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is the parts list all of them from amazon:
-CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 - $189.99
-Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel H77 LGA 1155 ATX GA-H77-DS3H - $99.99
-Ram: corsair vengeance blue 8GB-$49.99
-Case: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX - $56.99
-PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600-Watt 80 Plus - $68.99
or
OCZ ModXtream Pro 600W 80 plus - $69.99
or
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650W 80 plus - 79.99
-HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB- $99.99
-Optical drive: ASUS 24x DRW B1ST -24 - $21.48
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $169.99
-Monitor: ASUS VH236H-P 23-Inch Full HD LED - $159.99

Total: $917.39

I wanna run Crossfire in the future because i cant afford a better GPU right now and not gonna update my system in a long time maybe RAM but no more than that.
May 22, 2012 12:28:00 AM

Looks like a great build. One thing I would recommend is getting the 6850 instead of the 6870. There is only a small performance difference, but a $50 price difference. Also get the i5 3550 instead of the 3450. For only $20 more you get an extra 200MHz.
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May 22, 2012 12:37:29 AM

Could do slightly better. Possibly.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Switch the PSU to this one (+10):
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650D-Green-BR...
Switch the GPU to this one (+110):
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
Switch motherboard to this one (+22 after rebates):
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-G...
Total: $804

You get a better GPU, a motherboard that can actually Crossfire at 8x/8x and utilize Ivy Bridge. Plus you get a cheaper PSU. Would probably spend less on the Monitor, maybe $130 perhaps.
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May 22, 2012 12:51:31 AM

Both are very similar. Whichever you prefer, but the only thing I would recommend changing in the $804 build is better RAM. It says to get 1333 MHz. You should use the 1600MHz you mentioned in your $917 build.
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May 22, 2012 12:59:50 AM

aznshinobi said:
Could do slightly better. Possibly.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Switch the PSU to this one (+10):
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA-650D-Green-BR...
Switch the GPU to this one (+110):
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
Switch motherboard to this one (+22 after rebates):
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-G...
Total: $804

You get a better GPU, a motherboard that can actually Crossfire at 8x/8x and utilize Ivy Bridge. Plus you get a cheaper PSU. Would probably spend less on the Monitor, maybe $130 perhaps.


I can't get that GPU, $200+ pays 16% taxes in my country, so the best opcion for me right now its the 6870 or 6850 and i made the build that any of the items could cost $200 or more because of the taxes.

I'm thinking to switch this MOBO instead http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R21JWC/ref=ox_sc_a... or this one http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-LGA1155-CrossFireX-Mothe...
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May 22, 2012 1:11:44 AM

Main reason wouldn't recommend either of those boards. They run Crossfire 16x/4x which is a lot worse than the 8x/8x of the D3H. Certainly I understand the D3H is a Z68 board, but still more than capable. Aside from PCI 3.0 support which really doesn't matter if you get the 6870. Honestly the D3H is a solid board for the price.
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May 22, 2012 1:16:16 AM

aznshinobi said:
Main reason wouldn't recommend either of those boards. They run Crossfire 16x/4x which is a lot worse than the 8x/8x of the D3H. Certainly I understand the D3H is a Z68 board, but still more than capable. Aside from PCI 3.0 support which really doesn't matter if you get the 6870. Honestly the D3H is a solid board for the price.

Here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 says that Z77 have: 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16 or 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×8.
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May 22, 2012 1:22:30 AM

No no no, you're missing it. It says:
1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16
or 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×8
or 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×8 + 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×4

Your board has 8x/4x or 16x/4x. Same difference essentially. You can't base it off Wikipedia. EVERYONE can edit it, and it may not always be the correct info. Though generally it is. You have to look at each board individually.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It says, 1 PCI 3.0 16x, and 1 PCI 2.0 @ x4
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May 22, 2012 1:33:05 AM

aznshinobi said:
No no no, you're missing it. It says:
1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16
or 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×8
or 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×8 + 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×4

Your board has 8x/4x or 16x/4x. Same difference essentially. You can't base it off Wikipedia. EVERYONE can edit it, and it may not always be the correct info. Though generally it is. You have to look at each board individually.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It says, 1 PCI 3.0 16x, and 1 PCI 2.0 @ x4

Ok, im getting this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00518M77U/ref=ox_sc_a... then.

It will support a Radeon HD 7850 for example?
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May 22, 2012 1:34:57 AM

Yeah perfectly fine.
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May 22, 2012 1:36:50 AM

aznshinobi said:
Yeah perfectly fine.

Thanks, can u give me your E-mail in PM, so i cant ask you things directly?
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May 22, 2012 2:16:59 AM

Best answer selected by jcec92.
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March 12, 2014 4:24:25 PM

This is a nice one i compiled i use it myself except Corsair CX 700 psu

Btw don't upgrade ram just gpu I promise you you'll never use 8gb

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38NQd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38NQd/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38NQd/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($20.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($305.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Versa II ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $932.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 19:21 EDT-0400)
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