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Final Review for My First Build (Gaming)

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June 20, 2012 4:44:47 AM

This is my first build and I think I have maximized my computer to the best of my knowledge. I will be using this computer for gaming and watching movies. The game I will play are WoW, Diablo 3, and Minecraft on high to ultra settings. So if you guys have any advice please throw it out there. But unfortunately this is the most amount of money I am willing to spend since I still have to buy a keyboard/monitor. So if you guys have any suggestions on prices/upgrades they can't cost more : / But anyways here's my list and please review it:

Case/PSU - RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

W/ an extra APEVIA CF12SL-UGN 120mm Green LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And of course my monitor

Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

June 20, 2012 5:10:28 AM

I would not get that PSU/Case combo. First, Raidmax makes bad PSU's. Second, that case has bad cable management.

There's a bunch of things that we can change around though.

What is your budget?
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June 20, 2012 5:24:36 AM

l0v3rboi said:
I would not get that PSU/Case combo. First, Raidmax makes bad PSU's. Second, that case has bad cable management.

There's a bunch of things that we can change around though.

What is your budget?


Well the total amount for everything listed is an outcome of around 880$ and that is already high for me, so I unfortunately can't spend any more :/  I mean I can always go for a good PSU and a cheap case, but I mainly chose the case for the looks haha So I guess I can suffer on the case.
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June 20, 2012 5:45:46 AM

Please fill out the template in the first sticky on this forums.
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June 20, 2012 5:45:53 AM

i3 - 2120: $125
Asrock H61DE/S3: $68 (Don't get turned off by the low reviews. It's mostly people complaining its inability to use all 4 RAM channels at the same time. Not an issue for you).
G-Skill Ripjaws 8 Gb (4 x 2 Gb): $47 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Here's the links since there's quite a few of them
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb: $80
Asus DRW: $17
Cooler Master Elite 430: $50
XFX Core Edition Pro 550W: $75
HIS IceQx Radeon 6870: $170

Grand total right now is $643 not including taxes and shipping. You have about $150 more for your monitor and other peripherals ($230 if you target 880 again).
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June 20, 2012 5:57:34 AM

I agree integrated PSUs are usually low grade. Don't buy one.
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June 20, 2012 6:22:39 AM

Here is an i3, 6950 @ newegg (note combos)

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$84.99
$74.99
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ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157297
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant


$119.99
$99.99
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Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V ...
Item #: N82E16817182068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo


$159.98
$109.98
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SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)
Item #: N82E16814102987
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$55.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$304.98
$239.98
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AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving


$49.99
$0.00
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AMD Gift - Battlefield 3 coupon
Item #: N82E16800995118
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving


$59.99
$0.00
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Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Item #: N82E16819115078
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant
-$11.00 Combo


$138.98
$125.98
Subtotal: $650.92

Your Mobo comes with wires and should work unless your hard drives are old.
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January 28, 2013 12:41:53 PM

Here under 880$:

Intel Core i3-3225 Intel HD 4000, Best Price/Performance Sweet Spot CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM Hyper 212EVO Performance CPU Cooler, I own it, its sicker than jesus on the cross and off.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte Ga-Z77X-D3H, Great Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus HD 7770 2GD5, Recommended to any midrange gamer, any game high, except crysis 3, some on high.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3 1600 RAM, Best RAM Ever, Black Edition for MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair CX600M Hi Performance PSU, I own it, it never crashes, freezes, or stutters.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive, Best Bang for the buck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case, AWESOME.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you need SSD Go for Vertex 4 128gb, its 897$ included.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hope it helped, btw I'm 12 :p  so don't criticize me if you will.
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