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June 3, 2012 8:28:03 PM

Hi, I'm going to be building my own new gaming rig soon and I need a couple more opinions of what people think and if all the parts are compatible with each other. I'm not very educated with computer parts but everything seems to be fine. Here is my list of parts:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 560 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: ADATA 120 GB SSD (I will be upgrading to a larger non-SSD drive in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

tl;dr, Is this a good first build? Is the motherboard compatible with all these parts? (Someone told me the motherboard doesn't have an internal usb 3 connector to connect to the front of my case) Do I need to buy anything extra? You should also know I am on a budget at about $900 max.

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June 3, 2012 8:46:35 PM

kyleh8297 said:
Hi, I'm going to be building my own new gaming rig soon and I need a couple more opinions of what people think and if all the parts are compatible with each other. I'm not very educated with computer parts but everything seems to be fine. Here is my list of parts:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 560 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: ADATA 120 GB SSD (I will be upgrading to a larger non-SSD drive in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

tl;dr, Is this a good first build? Is the motherboard compatible with all these parts? (Someone told me the motherboard doesn't have an internal usb 3 connector to connect to the front of my case) Do I need to buy anything extra? You should also know I am on a budget at about $900 max.



Looks good, but I'm no EXPERT at hardware. I've got the same CPU and RAM and I've got the ASUS P8P67 Vanilla board. My computer is very fast, but I'm not a GAMER so I don't know much about how good games would run on it, but I'd guess ok.

I'd think the SSD is OVERKILL for now, but I may be wrong.
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June 3, 2012 9:02:22 PM

The motherboard does not have the usb 3.0 header to plug in the cable for the case to have the front usb 3.0 ports active. You can get an addon card that plugs into a x1 slot that has the usb 3.0 header for the case 3.0 ports.

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

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

If your going with the single GTX 560 and will not get another for SLI then you don't need a 750w psu and you can get a lower one , this one is a top brand and top quality.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
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