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
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,HDD, R/W Drive
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
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...
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.
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.