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Gaming Pc rig Around $400 give opinions on my parts please

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July 13, 2012 6:37:02 AM

Sup Tomshardware, I am building my first gaming rig. Out of all of my research I have narrowed it down to these components. This is a cheapo build, and I don't mine playing on low setting until I have enough money to by a 6850.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: x<400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming-Surfing Web-Vegas Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Micro Center

Country: America

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,HDD, R/W Drive

Parts:
Intel Core i5 3570k 3.4GHz = $189.99:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Pareema 4GB(DDR3 1600) = $21:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-Pareema%20Technology%20Co.%20Ltd-_-20576010&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Logisys Mid Tower ATX Clear Acrylic Case = $59.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply = $49.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


TOTAL=$327.95

WHAT SHOULD MY MOTHERBOARD BE? I want to overclock but not really....=/.It has to be around 80 bucks so I don't break the bank
I want
Sata 3.0
Usb 3.0
At least 3 fan headers
4 Ram Slots 1600/1333/(if possible)
1 pci express 16x slot( or 2)

Thanks again Tomshardware people I have been planning this build forever...it is cheap, but decent at the same time, and in a few week I will be able to buy the HD6870...


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July 13, 2012 1:19:59 PM

Basically any full ATX Z77 board should be fine for you, I doubt you could get one for $80 though.

With the i5 and HD 6870, 500W would be fine. You could drop the PSU down to the CX-500, that would save around $10. Then get a slightly cheaper case like the Cooler Master Elite 430, that saves another $10.

Then you could get this board:

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

Not sure if it has all the fan headers you need as it's not very clear but you could always connect the fans to the PSU for now then get a fan controller later.


The integrated graphics on that i5 will be fine for low-medium settings on most games, I'd use that until you can afford the HD 7850. It's great value.
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July 13, 2012 1:41:42 PM

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

This looks to be the best $80 mobo I could find on newegg.

Like above poster, I'm not sure about fan headers, but a little research on your own should tell you!

Also, I second his/her opinions on PSU and even using integrated graphics. You could save a TON of money that way and you will probably still be satisfied with graphics quality on most games.
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July 13, 2012 2:31:36 PM

There's no aftermarket cooler considered. Probably get a Hyper 212+/EVO. The IB chips generate more heat than SB from what I've read. This is also important if you plan on OC'ng.

Or you can go $20 less and get the i5-2500k and still have a good OC and lower temps.

I actually bought the ASUS P8B75-M/CSM for my brother's build. Nice board, but only one PCI-e x16 slot (so no SLI in future; if you are planning to). 3 fan headers (1 cpu and 2 chasis), but you can get a fan y-splitter cable to attach to the board if needed. Or have it running full tilt when attached via molex adapter cable and not connected to the board.

It also has 1 x SATA3 connector and 5 x SATA connectors. A USB3.0 header. LUCID MVP is also included for hybrid graphics performance with certain discreet cards.

The other thing is you cannot OC with this board. Only the integrated gfx on the chip.
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July 13, 2012 3:50:49 PM

Microcenter has a deal going on right now. With the CPU you selected, you get $50 off a Z68, Z77 or X79 motherboard. If that helps at all..

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/11af08e2#/11af08e2/...
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July 14, 2012 3:04:32 AM

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