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$1100 Gaming Build Final Check

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May 23, 2012 8:05:38 PM

I have a list of all the parts I want to order, and am planning to order them ASAP. I hope to play bf3 on high settings. I just want to make sure that all my parts are compatible, specifically how the mobo will fit into the case.
Here are the parts that I have.

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

All those in a combo at

Graphics Card:
GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

In a combo at

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply

In a combo deal at

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

Windows 7 Premium 64-bit

RAZER Abyssus Mirror Special Edition Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Mouse

RAZER Arctosa Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Combo deal at

Like I said, I just want to make sure everything looks alright and there aren't any obvious problems with this build. If there aren't I'm gonna go ahead and order these parts.

May 23, 2012 9:06:54 PM


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May 23, 2012 10:07:30 PM

That combo isn't really saving you any money.

You can get a great pair of 4gb 1600 sticks for $45

If you live near a microcenter, the 3450 can be had for $150

While that's the cheapest z77 board newegg has, I strongly urge you to get a better one. Among other shortcomings on that board, the voltage regulator only has 3 phases (really nice motherboards have up to 6). 3 phases means temperatures will be higher, shortening the lifespan of the board, and the actual voltage supplied to the CPU will vary by a wider margin than with a 4-6 phase regulator.

If gaming is your highest priority in this build, you should look at other monitors. What you want most in a gaming monitor is low latency (2ms for a TN panel LCD monitor), high refresh rate, and a high contrast ratio.
You won't get much higher than 75hz refresh in a monitor at that price, but we can improve on the latency and contrast.

Try something like this

good luck!
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May 24, 2012 2:25:14 AM

So I will change the combo with the motherboard, cpu and ram.
If i get the processor by itself from newegg(I don't live near a microcenter), and then i get this RAM
then I get a better monitor like you suggested.
But what motherboard would you suggest at a price around $20-30 more than the previous one. And if you don't mind can you tell me anything about motherboard and case compatibility along with the PSU I picked out?
May 24, 2012 3:54:19 AM

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