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June 19, 2012 1:29:06 AM

Hi,

I haven't built a computer in over a decade and a lot has changed since. I've spent the last two days trying to catch up on technology. I'm looking to spend less than $600 on everything not including the monitor. The only computer game I still play nowadays is starcraft broodwars.

I've used my friends build as a starting point but he's a big gamer. Can you guys tell me if some of these components are overkill for what I'm looking to do? Here's my build:

Approximate Purchase Date: within the week

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I do a lot of programming, work on really large excel spreadsheets, watch movies, and photo editing from time to time. Although I'm looking to build a high end gaming system, I would still like to have it fast enough to last me the next 3-4 years.

Parts Not Required: Need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, google shopping with reviews

Country: California, US

Parts Preferences:
ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Patriot G2 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) PGQ316G1600ELQK
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply
Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23inch Monitor with LED Details
SilverStone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to keep both SSD and HDD, and the 23" monitor but everything else is in the air. Also looking into some kind of video capture from my TV and setup some kind of DVR, and eventually setting up dual monitors. Will that on board graphics card do? If not, any recommendations? What are some good CPU fans? Also, any recommendations on cases? Thanks for any help you can provide.

edit: sorry if it looks all cluttered but I couldn't figure out how to use hyperlinks, bold, etc.

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June 19, 2012 2:22:28 AM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23inch Monitor with LED Details
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Intel Core i3-2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel H61 mATX motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Home
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


stuff under -------- = $534.92


stock fan will be good, I can't help you with the DVR thing and I picked a graphics card over the HD 2000 because you will probably want to try to game one day and then you can't because of the 2000's limitations. Also the 6670 will last you longer.
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June 19, 2012 2:38:55 AM

Thanks payflute,

So if I wanted to eventually run dual monitors, would I plug in one monitor to the graphics card and the other to the on board dvi port? Would there be different resolution/quality for the two monitors since one is running of the graphics card and the other is running off the motherboard?
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June 19, 2012 2:44:04 AM

I'm a noob at the whole multiple monitors thing, but I think you plug in one monitor with HDMI to the 6670 and plug in the other to the DVI into the 6670 again.

You should definitely wait for a second opinion.
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June 19, 2012 3:01:40 AM

Until I get the second monitor, can I make due with just the onboard graphics card or is it really really crappy, and not enough power for a 23" monitor?

I'm thinking about skimping on the graphics card and windows 7 (I have dreamspark) and reinvesting that into motherboard and cpu.
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June 19, 2012 4:36:24 PM

Best answer selected by daven26.
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