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Compatibility Check Before I Order! $650 TOPS

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July 8, 2012 10:49:06 PM

Hey there, I was just wondering if all my parts are compatible with each other (I am most concerned with the GPU and Power Supply to see if the pins are correct and such) and to see if I could do better if I changed one or two parts.

If needed to change anything, here is the template:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week

Budget Range: $650 TOPS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MICROCENTER!!!! Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel processor and Nvidia video card (as most games that I play favor them both largely)

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Later in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I need it to play current games at high-max settings comfortably, which i think could be done.

Intel i3 2100 $90 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASRock B75M LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX $74 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $22 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $642, right around budget

If there is a change I can make for the better, please don't hesitate to post!
July 8, 2012 10:57:34 PM

I'd switch out your PSU with a Corsair or Seasonic, and then don't get B75 - you will lose quite a bit of functionality. An H77 or Z77 will be much better.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.00 @ Mac Connection)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $666.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 8, 2012 11:09:53 PM

What features would I really be missing out on with a B75 board? What I've seen on it, it has all the features that I need. And for the PSU, I do prefer Corsairs and Seasonics, but after reading some reviews and talking to a friend with the same PSU, it doesn't sound bad at all. And for the drastic CPU to GPU balance that is in my proposed build, it is only because by the time black friday and all the winter holidays come around, I am going to have enough money for the new 3450 i think the model's numbers are.
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July 8, 2012 11:56:45 PM

JustinDee said:
What features would I really be missing out on with a B75 board? What I've seen on it, it has all the features that I need. And for the PSU, I do prefer Corsairs and Seasonics, but after reading some reviews and talking to a friend with the same PSU, it doesn't sound bad at all. And for the drastic CPU to GPU balance that is in my proposed build, it is only because by the time black friday and all the winter holidays come around, I am going to have enough money for the new 3450 i think the model's numbers are.


With B75 you lose access to the multiplier (but that's only if you plan to overclock), the boards also have fewer SATA ports and RAM slots than Z77 and H77 do.

There's only an extra $5 difference between the i3-2100 and the i3-2120. The Rosewill PSUs are horrible though, stick with Corsair or Seasonic.
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July 9, 2012 12:13:46 AM

Rosewill PSUs aren't horrible?? I can't speak for that one, but my HIVE 650w is a great modular PSU.
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July 9, 2012 2:59:09 AM

I don't plan to overclock, and at Microcenter, the i3 2100 is $90, so if I were to get the 2120 it would be another $20 because the one that I go to does not have the 2120.
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July 9, 2012 6:22:01 AM

zuyah said:
Rosewill PSUs aren't horrible?? I can't speak for that one, but my HIVE 650w is a great modular PSU.


I think it depends on which models - the Green aren't, but the Hive and Capstone series are pretty decent from what I hear.
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