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June 11, 2012 5:17:54 AM

Greetings hardware community.

I'm looking at starting my first build, but before I go purchasing all the hardware I'd like to get a few recommendations/overviews of my parts list. Please note this computer will be used for light gaming (mostly Diablo 3), surfing the net, and movies here and there.

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G860
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LEr D 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for right now everything falls under my $600 budget including all rebates. I do however have a few future upgrades I would like.

Future options:
Intel i5 2500
Xfire 6850
Samsung 120GB SSD

I do understand that I probably should just go this route from the start, but breaking the budget just isn't in the books. Please let me know what you think and an other recommendations that would stay within the budget.

Thanks for your time.

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June 11, 2012 5:55:51 AM

if your on budget, get a caviar blue 500gb instead of the RE4. I should also ask if you have a dvd drive as well

oh if your interested in xfiring, then

the 650w for 5$ more or the 750w for 10$ more will probably interest you.
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June 11, 2012 5:58:52 AM

dudewitbow said:
if your on budget, get a caviar blue 500gb instead of the RE4. I should also ask if you have a dvd drive as well


Yes, i do already have a DVD drive, OS, monitor, keyboard, and other necessary parts.
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June 11, 2012 6:01:42 AM

put what probably need to be said for xfiring on my last post
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June 11, 2012 6:03:30 AM

dudewitbow said:
put what probably need to be said for xfiring on my last post


Thanks for the replies, it is greatly appreciated.
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June 11, 2012 6:05:47 AM

Np, I usually just post when someone posts a build entirely on newegg without realizing that combo deals do exist, and can cut price down or move prices so you can get better stuff for the same price. =X
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June 11, 2012 6:11:48 AM

dudewitbow said:
Np, I usually just post when someone posts a build entirely on newegg without realizing that combo deals do exist, and can cut price down or move prices so you can get better stuff for the same price. =X


You're right I didn't realize that. So as far as the other mentions parts goes, how does the build look?


Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136697

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L)

Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G860

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9


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June 11, 2012 6:15:07 AM

I guess it works(but I still think using a cheaper hdd with the same size would be more cost beneficial, 1tb drives usually go around 100$)
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June 11, 2012 6:44:00 AM

Here's some food for thought. Most people that plan on adding a second card in the future never do for the fact that by the time they think about it, there's a better card (new tech) on the market that catches their eye. So with that said these changes down below puts you into a better psu, cpu, and gpu.

This psu down below is manufactured by CWT for LEPA as that Corsair 500w you have up there is manufactured by CWT for Corsair. The only difference being that his psu down below has more watts and more amps and is Bronze rated for efficiency...that and it says LEPA instead of Corsair.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 - $34.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $206.98 save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

4GB of RAM is more than enough for a gaming build. The only reason you see so many people purchasing 8GB of RAM these days is because RAM is cheap atm. 4GB for n ow and if you ever feel the need to add more later on then you can add another set for a total of 8GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA160A

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

Now with the money saved look at these gpu's.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-Mini-HDMI-Graph... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1463-KR

or....

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-MINIDP-PCI-E-HD687AZHF... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 900M 1 GB DDR5 DUAL MINIDP HDMI DUAL DVI PCI-E Video Card (HD687AZHFC)

or...

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MSI-56TIOC $218.99 Free Shipping
MSI nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti OC 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX-TI M2D1GD5 OC
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