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New $925 build. Is it compatible/good?

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June 4, 2012 5:33:33 AM

Asus Front Panel USB 3.0 Box
$24.99

Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE w/ Dual DDR3, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX, HDMI
$129.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache
$79.99

Disc Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD-RW Drive, SATA, Black, OEM
$24.99

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
179.99

Wireless: TP-Link WN821N Wireless N USB Adapter
$19.99

Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
$29.99

CPU: Intel Core™ i5-2400 Processor, 3.10GHz w/ 6MB Cache
$199.99

RAM: GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-10666 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB)
$47.99

Case: NZXT H2 Classic Case, Black
$99.99

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA 650W Power Supply Green

All of this, assembled for $925. First off will this work? Second is it a good deal/build? Third do I need anything else for it to work?
June 4, 2012 6:45:07 AM

I like my compromises better for an under $1000 build, but I take it you are more into gaming? I'd say for 1000 you should have an ssd. Looks pretty good to me. of course you need an operating system. No need for a monitor?
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June 4, 2012 6:49:23 AM

portisphish said:
I like my compromises better for an under $1000 build, but I take it you are more into gaming? I'd say for 1000 you should have an ssd. Looks pretty good to me. of course you need an operating system. No need for a monitor?


Yes I will be using it for gaming. And I already have a copy of Windows 7 as well as a monitor. Is it all compatible though?
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June 4, 2012 5:21:42 PM

What made you go with an H77 motherboard with a SB CPU? H67 is cheaper and doesn't lose many features.
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June 4, 2012 6:13:14 PM

Don't really know. It was cheap and supported USB 3.0. Does it all look compatible though? And should I use the H67?
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June 4, 2012 6:22:56 PM

You want USB 3.0.. You still need an IB CPU to make use of it completely.
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June 4, 2012 6:41:01 PM

That's not a bad build, but assuming your budget is under $1000, this will be far better in terms of performance in games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/x2r

Add your wireless adapter, and you're about $30 over your current build, for a 20-40% FPS increase.
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June 4, 2012 6:52:22 PM

Merueth said:
That's not a bad build, but assuming your budget is under $1000, this will be far better in terms of performance in games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/x2r

Add your wireless adapter, and you're about $30 over your current build, for a 20-40% FPS increase.


If I take my build and add the motherboard you have in your build, will everything be compatible? And will I get USB 3.0 without that top box of have listed on mine?
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June 4, 2012 6:56:18 PM

Jordangee said:
If I take my build and add the motherboard you have in your build, will everything be compatible? And will I get USB 3.0 without that top box of have listed on mine?

The Antec 1100 comes with 2 USB 3.0 Ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. In fact, the NZXT H2 has USB 3.0 ports as well :/ . Yes it is compatible, but Z77 is pretty much useless for you, since most of the goodies of Z77 are for IB.
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June 4, 2012 7:40:14 PM

Merueth said:
The Antec 1100 comes with 2 USB 3.0 Ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. In fact, the NZXT H2 has USB 3.0 ports as well :/ . Yes it is compatible, but Z77 is pretty much useless for you, since most of the goodies of Z77 are for IB.


Fair enough. My goal was under $900 for only the computer which I've accomplished, so I think I'll go ahead with this. Thanks for the help!
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June 4, 2012 7:40:32 PM

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