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May 25, 2012 11:48:22 PM

Hey guys I am currently working on building a computer and I just wanted to get some feedback from the community on my build. I've never built my own system before, but I have done a fair amount of research and I think I've got a pretty solid build put together. I am just looking for any improvements/suggestions and any compatibility issues. I am trying to make it as cheap as possible. I am playing Diablo III right now. GW2 in the future and maybe some WoW again down the road.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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May 25, 2012 11:49:35 PM

It is a great system! IF you can, buy a 6870 for $20 more.
May 26, 2012 12:15:49 AM

^ support on the 6870.
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May 26, 2012 12:17:43 AM

It depends what type of games you intend to play. That build will run Diablo III and WoW like a champ at 1920x1080. It will also max out Starcraft 2 at 1920x1080.
May 26, 2012 1:13:51 AM

Hey guys thanks for the help so far! The reason I chose the 6850 over the 6870 was because I wasn't sure I would need it and I figured I could save 20 bucks. Also, I don't play many demanding games on the computer, MMO's and games like that are basically what I stick to.
May 26, 2012 12:29:55 PM

I'm sure you won't regret the little bit of extra money in a couple of years when MMORPGs and MOBAs are more demanding.
May 30, 2012 3:26:18 AM

Hey guys thanks for all the help so far. I updated my build to include the 6870 like everyone suggested, I can definitely fit that in. As far as the processor goes, will the i3 2120 last me for awhile, or am I going to find myself needing to replace it before too long?
May 30, 2012 3:28:43 AM

It will be just fine for the lifespan of an average PC.
May 30, 2012 6:08:26 PM

I think the fx-4100 will be better for futureproofing, while the i3 is better for immediate performance.

Theres a few amd CPUs to look at, il link them in a few hours. Honestly, under the $200 price point, i have to recommend amd.

Over that the 2500k takes the cheese
May 30, 2012 7:52:23 PM

Fx-4100 is better only if you Oc it to 4.0.
May 30, 2012 10:29:36 PM

I'll be looking for your links mastrom, I appreciate the input from everyone here. I didn't really look at amd at all because everything I read and everyone I talk to says go with Intel, so I just figured id go with the i3.
May 31, 2012 10:00:46 PM

Sorry im a bit late with them, here they are:

Most people just assume intel, but i actually believe that AMD makes the better CPU under the $200 mark. Once you hit the 2500k, intel is the clear winner. I have two computers, one with a 2500k, and another running of of an AMD CPU (an older athlon X2). The i5 performs better (obviously, because the CPU is newer an 2 to 3 times the price) but the AMD is easy to install, and I've had no problems with it after two years of use.

So il give you a few options. Il try to keep them reasonably close to the CPU you picker ($100-150)

First off the 965 BE
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
This compares head to head with the i3, both having some advantages and disadvantages. You also save some money, and benefit from a quad core CPU. You only really get the advantage if you overclock, as the 965 is unlocked.

Secondly, the FX-4100

At $119, you just cant go wrong. It performs like a beast, and is better than the i3 imo by far. You can also get the 6100 or 8120, but i still think the 4100 is the best bang:buck

Lastly, the FX-4170
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...
Take the 4100, make a few upgrades, and you get the 4170. Clocked at 4.1GHz (4.2 Turbo) your getting a CPU that can;t even compare to the 2120.

If you can afford to though, i would suck it up for a 2500k

Look on the tigerdirect website, i think they have the 6 core phenom for $100, which would be an outstanding deal
Here it is
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
For $100, your getting better performance than the i3, and your pocketing $30

Pair it with this MOBO
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Has usb 3.0, SLI/CF support, Sata 6GBPS, everything you need. Saves you $65.

65+30=$95

Lets put that towards your GPU (or you can pocket it :p )

The GPU is $180. 180+95= 270.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

The 7850, Double D edition. OC's like a beast. Great Price/Performance Ratio

I think we have it, get the 6 core phenom and the 7850
June 1, 2012 2:05:10 AM

So you really think AMD would be a viable option for me? This is the first time anyone has really told me to get AMD so I hadn't ever really considered an amd build. I just want to make sure that whatever I do decide to get will provide me with the power to game and multitask how I want to and I won't have to be replacing it within a year or two.
June 1, 2012 2:06:12 AM

No, it will not. The i3-2120 has better performance. It takes a high OC to match its performance.
June 1, 2012 2:50:50 AM

thebear23 said:
So you really think AMD would be a viable option for me? This is the first time anyone has really told me to get AMD so I hadn't ever really considered an amd build. I just want to make sure that whatever I do decide to get will provide me with the power to game and multitask how I want to and I won't have to be replacing it within a year or two.


Definatly! Here, il post some benchmarks

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
The AMD is rated 5006
The 2120 is rated 4208

AMD has a higher potential, and will run better in demanding applications such as BF3.
The intel will perform better on light usage applications.

On the CPU Hiercarchy chart, the intel is one above the AMD http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

But on the GPU Hierarchy chart, the 7850 is two steps above the 6870, and you`re also getting a newer card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I don't think a dual core CPU is enough for a future proofed system.

What games will you be playing? If you only playing light games, maybe i can rework your build to fit in a 2500k. What's your budget?




June 1, 2012 4:39:41 AM

I'll mainly be playing D3, GW2 when its out, maybe some WoW again. Nothing too incredibly demanding. Budget is roughly 850 including the monitor that I still need.
June 1, 2012 1:04:14 PM

thebear23 said:
I'll mainly be playing D3, GW2 when its out, maybe some WoW again. Nothing too incredibly demanding. Budget is roughly 850 including the monitor that I still need.



Im assuming you dont need to purchase an OS (since you havent listed one), a keyboard, mouse and speakers?

Once i clarify that, i can find you a good build, i recently built a computer for $900 with a 2500k and a 6870.
June 2, 2012 1:02:24 AM

I think I am going to be able to get a copy of windows 7 very cheap, and the mouse I have. Keyboard and speakers will be needed.
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