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Compatibility and Idiot proofing my first build

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July 19, 2012 4:52:11 AM

CPU
Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.99
GPU
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX $209.99 (with Rebate)

MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $45.99

CASE
Raidmax ARES midtower ATX $10

STORAGE
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99

PSU
Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply $41.98

MOTHERBOARD
ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $44.99

DVD/CD WRITER
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer $16.99

END RESULT $619.83

No OS, keyboard, mouse, or Monitor required

Don't worry about the pricing too much as purchases are going to be spread out over a while, I might not be done in October even. But I already have the case and maybe a hdd the case was new in early 2007 and you can check it out here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It has both the 80mm fan and the 120mm fan still in there but no psu so I'm wondering if that will be sufficient or if I should get another fan Also wondering if that Motherboard will fit.

Feel free to suggest anything. And this Rig is Strictly for gaming on a 42" 720p tv (native res is 1280x1080 I think) no browsing just the bare minimum.

Edit:Forgot to mention It's name EL BATU SQUIRREL!


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July 19, 2012 5:27:48 AM

It's not good to spread out a build over that length of time. Something could go wrong or not work, that sort of thing. And if it doesn't work after the stores' 60 day return policy you might not be able to return it either, and then you're stuck with an expensive paperweight.

It's also not a good idea to go that cheap on the case, and Raidmax is one of the absolute worst brands you could buy. If your budget is ~$650 I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $671.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-19 01:27 EDT-0400)

A little over $650 but it's a far more balanced build and you don't skimp on the case or motherboard. The video card isn't as good but gets the job done.
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July 19, 2012 1:50:15 PM

i would take g-unit1111's build but i would suggest a slightly better motherboard like the asus p8h77-v. it doesnt really matter which board you chose as long as you get the features that you need
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July 19, 2012 3:21:45 PM

Sorry, forgot to mention that I have a microcenter nearby the one in Dallas metroplex/Richardson It's literally just down the road, also that low on an Ivy Bridge!!! Also looks like I may have blown 10 dollars on that case. Anyways, I'll close this thread and start a new one closer to the purchase date. Also wondering what kind of experience you had with raidmax to warrant such despise. (not that I can tell a good case from a bad one)
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July 19, 2012 3:23:43 PM

i dont think he had one before but according to reviews, they say everything
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July 19, 2012 3:27:16 PM

Best answer selected by Ghouldude.
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July 19, 2012 4:10:40 PM

Ghouldude said:
Sorry, forgot to mention that I have a microcenter nearby the one in Dallas metroplex/Richardson It's literally just down the road, also that low on an Ivy Bridge!!! Also looks like I may have blown 10 dollars on that case. Anyways, I'll close this thread and start a new one closer to the purchase date. Also wondering what kind of experience you had with raidmax to warrant such despise. (not that I can tell a good case from a bad one)


Half the systems where I work use these cases and they fall apart so easily that it's just incredibly difficult to recommend them. The other half use Apevia cases which are equally just as deplorable. I moved a Raidmax case from one desk to another the other day and the door fell off, just to give you an idea.
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July 19, 2012 10:06:25 PM

LOOL good thing i got corsair
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