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May 24, 2012 5:04:52 AM

Hello, im graduating from highschool here in the next week. Just in time too because after my decade wait for diablo 3 i figured out my laptop cannot play it. I have a $600 limit and this is what i think is the best i could do. Feel free to give tips and constructive criticism, my feelings will not be hurt.(all these parts can be put into newegg search for more detail.)

CPU-Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard-BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power Supply- hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Video Card- SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM- Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Case- COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Also i am getting 2 80mm case fans for 12 bucks total.

This build came out to $595.11.

I do not plan on overclocking yet so don't critic based on that. Also i do plan on getting an after market heat-sink fan and also plan on getting a full tower case when the money comes back around.

Thanks.

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May 24, 2012 5:31:47 AM

Not bad over all, but I do have a couple comments/recommendations.
First, a quality power supply is very important, and I've never seen the one you listed on the "good" list.
Also your graphics card only requires a quality 450 watt unit. It doesnt hurt to have a little extra room, but no sense in wasting money either. Based on that I recommend this unit right now because of the sale:

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

If you cant buy before 5-28 post here and I'll give ya another.
Next, dont get 80mm fans. They are loud and dont do as good of a job as 120mm fans. The case comes with one, 120mm fan mounted in the front. Here is a link to 2, 120mm fans for $12. You can mount up to 5 fans in that case, but 3 should be plenty. I have a similar CoolerMaster case with one of my pc's, and it only has one in the front and back and it stays cool.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 24, 2012 5:49:55 AM

If you live near a microcenter, here's a beast.

$45 ($35 after mail in)
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90
i3 2100
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$55
ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$23
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$250
XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$18
LG DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$40
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$596 total.
May 24, 2012 6:03:06 AM

GI_JONES said:
Not bad over all, but I do have a couple comments/recommendations.
First, a quality power supply is very important, and I've never seen the one you listed on the "good" list.
Also your graphics card only requires a quality 450 watt unit. It doesnt hurt to have a little extra room, but no sense in wasting money either. Based on that I recommend this unit right now because of the sale:

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

If you cant buy before 5-28 post here and I'll give ya another.
Next, dont get 80mm fans. They are loud and dont do as good of a job as 120mm fans. The case comes with one, 120mm fan mounted in the front. Here is a link to 2, 120mm fans for $12. You can mount up to 5 fans in that case, but 3 should be plenty. I have a similar CoolerMaster case with one of my pc's, and it only has one in the front and back and it stays cool.

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



Thanks for the tips. The order date will be June 1st or 2nd so it will be after the promotion but hey whats ten extra bucks when im already spending 600.

Thanks.
May 24, 2012 6:48:28 AM

allwhitefitz said:
Thanks for the tips. The order date will be June 1st or 2nd so it will be after the promotion but hey whats ten extra bucks when im already spending 600.

Thanks.

How much was the psu you originally picked out, I can list another if that one is out of your budget. I thought it would be good for use in the case you picked, since it doesnt have very good cable management ability. With the modular you just unplug the cables you dont need, instead of having to stuff them into an empty drive bay.

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

Probably the best thing to do is on the day you are going to buy, see what Newegg has on sale. Look for a Corsair, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, XFX, Seasonic, or OCZ unit with an 80+ rating in the 450 to 600 watt range. I usually dont get a build completely set in stone until order day because Newegg is frequently changing promotions and sales. I pick what I want for cpu, motherboard, case, then check for the best deal at the last minute for things like the optical drive PSU, and sometimes even ram . Go to the site and sign up for the E-Blast sale notice, to help keep track of whats on sale.
May 24, 2012 6:56:47 AM

Since the HEC power supply will explode if you try and turn it on I'd have to rate it a -2
and very entertaining

but only if you have a fire extinguisher handy . If you dont its a -7


also cut the RAM to 2 x2 gig and get a 6870 with the money you save
May 24, 2012 8:05:20 AM

^^ + 10 to you outlander, seriously don't even consider the hec psu, a very simple 500w psu from corsair, antec, pc p and cooling, enermax, fsp etx. is sufficient for a 7850 or 6870.

but i am in a real confusion, you dint recommended the fx 4100 and that legit reviews link. :D 
May 24, 2012 8:23:03 AM
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