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Opinions on my Less Than $800 Gaming Build?

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June 24, 2012 7:10:31 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aIVT

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: Biostar TZ68K+ ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.05 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: Raidmax 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)

Total: $738.48
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Hello everyone. This is my first build with a little help from my friend. He told me to just post here for opinions from you guys, so I hope he's right :) 
June 24, 2012 7:23:03 AM

if you have access to microcenter, than you have access to the 50$ off mobo deal, which you should take. A z68 mobo will likely not innately be compatable with a ivy bridge processor. you will either have to change cpu or change mobo. You EXTREMELY skimped out on the power supply. the power supply is absolutely horrid choice and tbh, there can be many changes to this build.
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June 24, 2012 7:27:08 AM

dudewitbow said:
if you have access to microcenter, than you have access to the 50$ off mobo deal, which you should take. A z68 mobo will likely not innately be compatable with a ivy bridge processor. you will either have to change cpu or change mobo. You EXTREMELY skimped out on the power supply. the power supply is absolutely horrid choice and tbh, there can be many changes to this build.


I'm not very literate in computer parts, could you suggest a motherboard and/or PSU? I understand I only asked for opinions, but if you can help me out, that would be much appreciated.
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June 24, 2012 7:31:06 AM

An IB processor is fine on a Z68 motherboard

But the build as a whole is not particularly great because the processor is very strong and the graphics card is mid range at best .
Spend more on the graphics card and less on the processor
Maybe a 3550 and a radeon 6870
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June 24, 2012 7:35:34 AM

xCrux said:
I'm not very literate in computer parts, could you suggest a motherboard and/or PSU? I understand I only asked for opinions, but if you can help me out, that would be much appreciated.



as for motherboard, if whoever is getting this computer getting it from microcenter in person(you cannot order most processors online from microcenter) you would use Page 27 of this catalog as for the power supply, i have a slightly outdated price guide on okay psus at different price points in my sig. in a single card build though, all you will need is probably something like a seasonic m12ii 520w.(which costs 60$+10$ s&h). if you dont have access to microcenter, then i would sugest getting a i5-3450 + B75 chipset mobo and dump the rest into a gpu.
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June 24, 2012 7:39:29 AM

Outlander_04 said:
An IB processor is fine on a Z68 motherboard

But the build as a whole is not particularly great because the processor is very strong and the graphics card is mid range at best .
Spend more on the graphics card and less on the processor
Maybe a 3550 and a radeon 6870


Alright, so replacing those suggested, it goes to $770. Thank you for the suggestion. So, PSU is still a problem. The Mobo is fine though?
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June 24, 2012 7:20:56 PM

No, it's not. You need to update the BIOS with a Sandy bridge CPU installed to get Z68 to work with Ivy bridge.

"All H61, H67, P67 & Z68 Chipset based mobo supports Ivy Bridge CPUs through a BIOS update, but you need a Sandy Bridge CPU to update the BIOS."
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