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Are all these pc parts compatible, first build. Recommended mobo?

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July 12, 2012 4:39:42 AM

Hey there guys, building my first pc soon, for the main purpose of gaming, but as i am still in school i will use it for everything, from surfing the web, to play games, editing some videos etc.

I have narrowed my selection down to these parts as follows:

Case:http://www.amazon.com/Nzxt-Technologies-Phantom-Green-E...

CPU:http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-2500K-Processor-1155/d...

Mobo: Don't have on selected, which is another question i am asking. I need a mobo that is 2nd Gen compatible, and if it has 3rd Gen compatibility then that's just gravy, also needs to be able to support crossfire and ssd's and whatnot. Budget ($150 Australian, please link said mobo through amazon.)

GPU:http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-E... (x2)

PSU:http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-ModXStream-Modular-Performanc...

HDD:http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

SSD:http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT12... (will i need a bracket for this?)


Thankyou guys in advance, i wish to know if all these parts are compatible, as i don't want to fork over all this cash just for everything not to work, and i also wish to know of a suitable motherboard for my needs, thankyou.

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a c 120 B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2012 5:42:44 AM

Yes all the parts are compatible, however If your goal is to crossfire 2 6850s, I would advise you against it. You'd be better off using the money for a single better card rather than crossfiring 2 weaker cards. CF can often have quirks associated with them (microstuttering, power usage, heat, etc), and not all games support CF anyway.

You might consider a 7870
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-11...

Nice choice of case, I have one myself, same color and trim, I love it.

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z68-V-LX-Intel-Motherboard...
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July 12, 2012 5:51:56 AM

nekulturny said:
Yes all the parts are compatible, however If your goal is to crossfire 2 6850s, I would advise you against it. You'd be better off using the money for a single better card rather than crossfiring 2 weaker cards. CF can often have quirks associated with them (microstuttering, power usage, heat, etc), and not all games support CF anyway.

You might consider a 7870
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-11...

Nice choice of case, I have one myself, same color and trim, I love it.

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z68-V-LX-Intel-Motherboard...



Thankyou for taking the time to read and reply. The reason i went for the crossfire setup is it works out cheaper for me as i can buy one card now, and one card later, however if i just work one long week these school holidays it will not be an issue to fork out the money for the 7870. Is it a really great card? Will it be able to run games on ultra/high and run a decent dual/tri screen setup?

Thankyou also for the mobo suggestion, it fits perfectly into my budget.
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a c 120 B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2012 6:01:11 AM

You're welcome, and yes, 7870s are very strong video cards, they also have pretty good overclocking potential, if you decide to take advantage of it.

you can see here they stack up pretty well against Nvidias $450 GTX 580.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/517?vs=548

And 7870s will support a tri monitor setup yes.
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July 12, 2012 6:04:19 AM

nekulturny said:
You're welcome, and yes, 7870s are very strong video cards, they also have pretty good overclocking potential, if you decide to take advantage of it.

you can see here they stack up pretty well against Nvidias $450 GTX 580.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/517?vs=548

And 7870s will support a tri monitor setup yes.



With the tri monitor set up, will the game being run on 3 screens be able to be played at high/ultra? Or, if i want to run it on three screens, will i have to tone it down to medium?

Also, is there a noteable difference between 7870 and 7850?

Sorry for the bombardment of questions, im new.
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a c 120 B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2012 6:25:19 AM

The 7870 should have enough muscle to drive 3 monitors without sacrificing game settings, but this depends on your resolution. If you're trying to drive a 52 inch big screen TV or something, then that might be iffy lol.


As far as the 7870 and 7850 both of them are excellent cards with great overclocking potential. The difference between them isn't night and day, but there is a noteworthy difference in their performance. The price difference between them is about what one would expect. The higher the tier the more it costs to get less of a performance increase.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=548
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July 12, 2012 6:40:26 AM

nekulturny said:
The 7870 should have enough muscle to drive 3 monitors without sacrificing game settings, but this depends on your resolution. If you're trying to drive a 52 inch big screen TV or something, then that might be iffy lol.


As far as the 7870 and 7850 both of them are excellent cards with great overclocking potential. The difference between them isn't night and day, but there is a noteworthy difference in their performance. The price difference between them is about what one would expect. The higher the tier the more it costs to get less of a performance increase.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=548



Haha, no i will just be running 3 22 inch monitors. The games i plan to play include skyrim, HoN, WoW, Minecraft, Witcher, Bf3 etc. So everything should be sweet with just when 7870?
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a c 120 B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2012 7:11:22 AM

Yea, it should work out pretty well.
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July 13, 2012 5:06:02 AM

Thanks heaps.
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July 13, 2012 5:42:26 AM

Best answer selected by xGuillotine.
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