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June 6, 2012 4:49:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: today

Budget Range: $1200 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing (for wife), surfing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon would be nice, but I have no particular preference

Country:USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type none in particular

Overclocking: 10% perhaps -- I am a novice and need to research this

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: not sure, it's a 21" -- I plan to upgrade in a few months

Additional Comments: Here is a preliminary parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9wQh

I would like feedback on the motherboard -- that was a pretty random choice.

Also, I did ask for feedback on an earlier build, but decided to go for a cheaper build.

Finally, right now, I have a 7850 video card in the build. I will see if there is room to get the 670, but I am budget conscious. I play WoW, was sent BF3 as a gift from my brother (and a few other games). If anyone has other GPU suggestions, I'd be open and much appreciative.

Thank you for your time.


June 6, 2012 4:53:20 PM

Get a B75 or H77 board if not CF/SLIng.
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June 6, 2012 5:03:52 PM

That's a good build but I'd ditch the SSD and put that into upgrading your GPU to a Radeon 7870, and then swapping your case for the Corsair Carbide 400R or NZXT Phantom 410 and then you're good to go.
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June 6, 2012 5:06:30 PM

B75 ASRock Pro3 Gen3 is what I'd get. No need for a Z77 board.
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June 6, 2012 5:13:27 PM

For the motherboard, I'd recommend the ASRock Extreme4 or the GIGABYTE UD3H. Also I'd suggest avoiding the Antec 900 and go for something else such as previously mentioned the Phantom 410 or the Carbide 400R.
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June 6, 2012 5:36:35 PM

Thank you everyone. I will update later with an adjusted build. This is truly a supportive and knowledgeable community.
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June 6, 2012 5:56:46 PM

dayman500 said:
For the motherboard, I'd recommend the ASRock Extreme4 or the GIGABYTE UD3H. Also I'd suggest avoiding the Antec 900 and go for something else such as previously mentioned the Phantom 410 or the Carbide 400R.


Yeah I have the UD3H - it's an excellent board but I hate the audio driver that's included. Otherwise I'd say go for it.
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June 7, 2012 2:52:10 PM

I wanted to thank everyone again and get the go ahead on the latest build. I took into consideration the suggestions and decided to push the budget and include the 670 GPU.

I do have a question about the SSD I chose: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB. It's nicely priced w/ the rebate. Is there any reason I should consider a different model?

I also changed out the Antec 900 in favor of the Corsair 400R. Just out of interest, why did you all suggest moving away from the Antec 900? I'm just curious.

Here's the latest build. Any thoughts / feedback would be much appreciated:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9ALq

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June 7, 2012 4:04:20 PM

shameless self-bump because I'm pulling the trigger(s) today.
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June 7, 2012 4:10:04 PM

extremenovice said:
I wanted to thank everyone again and get the go ahead on the latest build. I took into consideration the suggestions and decided to push the budget and include the 670 GPU.

I do have a question about the SSD I chose: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB. It's nicely priced w/ the rebate. Is there any reason I should consider a different model?

I also changed out the Antec 900 in favor of the Corsair 400R. Just out of interest, why did you all suggest moving away from the Antec 900? I'm just curious.

Here's the latest build. Any thoughts / feedback would be much appreciated:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9ALq


The reason why I'd suggest a different SSD is because of the Sandforce controller used is known to have lots of issues and errors associated with said drives - which is also why I hesitate to recommend similar drives like the Corsair Force 3 and Patriot Pyro.

And as far as the case goes the Antec 900 is old and outdated - it lacks USB 3.0, eSATA, and has no cable management whatsoever. The 900V2 does but the Carbide will be a better choice in the long run because it has one of the easiest cable management systems on the market to work with.
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June 7, 2012 4:48:07 PM

Thanks, G-unit, for your patience and thorough explanations.
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June 7, 2012 4:48:32 PM

Best answer selected by extremenovice.
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