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New build under $700 - How does this look?

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June 16, 2012 10:16:04 PM

Hello everyone,

I built a computer approximately 8-years ago and it last me quite well throughout the years.

SwifTech H20-120 Rev. 3 Liquid Cooling System
Abit IC7-G v1.1 (BIOS 2.8)
Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 3.2GHz/512K/800F/478P-SL6WG D1 @ 3.70GHz (16x231) 924FSB 1.65V
Corsair XMS TWINX1024-3200C2PT 2GB (4 x 512MB) DDR400 @ DDR462 PC3200 Dual Channel @ 1:1 231Mhz 2-3-3-6 2.8V
CMX512-3200C2PT XMS3200C2 V4.2 0520114-0 = Samsung -5 TCCX
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB 256-Bit Flashed to XT (412/365) w/ Zalman VF700-Cu

Due to time constraints, I have no plans of overclocking. Like my previous system, I this is a longevity based build which should last me a couple of years. I will be using it for graphics/video work and am interested in trying out PC gaming, once again.

Motherboard:
$119.99 - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor:
$219.99 - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Graphics:
$144.99 - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

Desktop Memory:
$46.99 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Hard Drive (SSD):
$124.99 - SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CD/DVD Burner:
$16.99 - 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

Total: $656.95

What I currently have:

Power Supply:
Raidmax RX-630Z Smart Modular ATX Power Supply 630W

Computer Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 335 Upgraded RC-335U-KKN1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Hard Drives:
2.0TB Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
1.5TB Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
1.0TB SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
0.5TB Western Digital WD5000AAVS-00ZTB0 SATA

Looking forward to receiving some feedback. Thanks!

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June 17, 2012 12:22:48 AM

If you don't need the SSD drop it and upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7850 - that will last a lot longer than the 6850. Use your 500GB hard drive as the main boot drive.

You also might want to replace that PSU - Raidmax makes truly awful power supplies and cases, I'll never recommend anyone buy them. You can certainly reuse your case, any hard drives, and optical drives you have - that will save you some money there.
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June 17, 2012 12:34:26 AM

throw that psu in the bin and get a quality 550watt psu if your not considering crossfire or sli, if its a gaming system ditch the ssd spend the extra on gpu and add a ssd later on down the track if and when u want/ have spare cash
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June 17, 2012 1:42:58 AM

The 6850 won't need anywhere near 630W or power. Get Antec EA430W.
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