Gaming PC Build: $900 Budget

Hi, I am an 11 year old building my first computer. It is meant for gaming, and I was wondering if these parts are compatible:

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with


BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX260OCK23GM - OEM


ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


AVEXIR Standard Series 24GB Kit (3 x 8GB) Triple Channel 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Module Model AVD3U13330908G-3SI


thank you all so much and please help me out. thanks again!
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  1. there's is no reason to use more then 8GB of memory for a gaming system, and AMD systems are dual channel, not triple channel. You're wasting a lot of money there.

    You should probably be building an Intel system with an i3 or i5. even sticking with AMD that CPU is way too low end for that GPU. And if budget allows a 7850 would be a better card. assuming you get a CPU to match

    Raidmax makes horrible PSUs. don't use one. Seasonic, antec, corsair are good brands. see here
    www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    you'll probably get better feedback if you put this in the newbuild section and follow the form. people can't really part you out a build without a budget or other info

    see here
    www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    and here
    www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-buyer-guides-troubleshooting-tips

    And I wouldn't bother mentioning your 11 to people on the internet. just saying
  2. Quote:
    there's is no reason to use more then 8GB of memory for a gaming system, and AMD systems are dual channel, not triple channel. You're wasting a lot of money there.

    You should probably be building an Intel system with an i3 or i5. even sticking with AMD that CPU is way too low end for that GPU. And if budget allows a 7850 would be a better card. assuming you get a CPU to match

    Raidmax makes horrible PSUs. don't use one. Seasonic, antec, corsair are good brands. see here
    www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    you'll probably get better feedback if you put this in the newbuild section and follow the form. people can't really part you out a build without a budget or other info

    see here
    www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
    and here
    www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-buyer-guides-troubleshooting-tips

    And I wouldn't bother mentioning your 11 to people on the internet. just saying



    hey and i am getting 24 gigs of RAM because I have so much spare cash. I had 8 gigs before and the amount only came up to $600! I was thinking i should probably get a better video card and more RAM at that time, so I did. now it came up to $806.91.

    So, you think I should change the AMD stuff to intel? Alright i will look into it! Thanks alot!
  3. Hi, and I am currently into making my first computer! it is going to be meant for gaming, and I just needed help finding if these are compatible parts:

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Thanks a lot and please if you know anything let me know below :D
  4. If I should add links tell me and i will :D
  5. Hi, I am currently into building my first PC. It is going to be a gaming PC, and I need help finding if these parts are compatible:

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    If you need more information on these parts, I will post the links to each ones details and everything. Thanks alot! :)
  6. your motherboard is not compatible with CPU. you need LGA 1156 mobo.
  7. Why not buy a 2nd gen or 3rd gen cpu that supports h61, a 1155 socket? It future proof.
  8. Quote:
    hey and i am getting 24 gigs of RAM because I have so much spare cash. I had 8 gigs before and the amount only came up to $600! I was thinking i should probably get a better video card and more RAM at that time, so I did. now it came up to $806.91.

    So, you think I should change the AMD stuff to intel? Alright i will look into it! Thanks alot!


    Intel CPUs outperform AMD for gaming. Your looking at a weak AMD CPU to though. The basic standard build recommendation is an i5 2500K or ivy bridge equivalent if you will overclock, a z77 motherboard, hyper 212+ CPU cooler or better, and for a GPU a HD7850 or GTX 670 depending on budget.

    You don't need more than 8GB of ram, it wont really be used, but if you want more a dual channel 16GB kit is the way to go. There's always somewhere else to put the money though, better GPU, an SSD etc. people will be happy to recommend specific parts/builds over in the new build forum if they know your budget/needs. that's what the form is for.

    have a look at toms "best gaming CPU for the money" and "best gpu for the money" articles on the main page. they put them out every month
  9. Quote:
    your motherboard is not compatible with CPU. you need LGA 1156 mobo.

    Alright I got the LGA 1156. Now is it compatible?
  10. Quote:
    your motherboard is not compatible with CPU. you need LGA 1156 mobo.

    Wait is this the one thats compatible BIOSTAR TH55XE Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ???
  11. What is your budget? You can do much better than LGA 1156.
  12. Quote:
    What is your budget? You can do much better than LGA 1156.

    I am trying not to go over the 900 mark, but I can if you really think I can get a better one that will make a big difference
  13. For even $850, you can do much better. Check out this guy's $850 build.
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147086871
  14. Quote:
    For even $850, you can do much better. Check out this guy's $850 build.
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147086871

    Hey im just going to build that exact same computer because i dont feel like messing with more parts :\ The only thing im going to switch from that link is the video card. can you tell me if this stuff is compatible? :::

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Thanks alot! Btw if you do tell me if they are compatible or not, i'll give u the Best Answer :P
  15. Hi, And i am currently interested in building my first PC. It is going to be a gaming PC, and i wanted to know if all these parts are compatible with eachother:

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Thanks-Nicos
  16. Dont know about the compatability but, if your gonna go a dual core go with an i3 2120. No one really needs 16GB of RAM, unless you plan to multi-task alot. (or playing BF3 on ultra XD)
  17. Quote:
    Dont know about the compatability but, if your gonna go a dual core go with an i3 2120. No one really needs 16GB of RAM, unless you plan to multi-task alot. (or playing BF3 on ultra XD)

    Sorry this was an old build. I just changed the plan to these parts:


    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    do you know if these are compatible?
  18. Everything seems a ok but personaly i would choose a different brand for the Memory/RAM
    I would go kingston, mushkin, g skill, or corsair ram but thats just me the choice is up to u good luck on your first build just take your time and everything should turn out fine,
    One question do u plan on overclocking?
  19. Quote:
    Everything seems a ok but personaly i would choose a different brand for the Memory/RAM
    I would go kingston, mushkin, g skill, or corsair ram but thats just me the choice is up to u good luck on your first build just take your time and everything should turn out fine,
    One question do u plan on overclocking?

    Tbh i dont know what that means. Im just here to build a computer, and use the computer. :/ and also thanks i'll look into the RAM thing :D


    Edit: I got the RAM thing. Will this be compatible?: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
  20. Should be compatible (from my experience XD). Only thing I dont know is if the Mobo chipset and RAM compatible. Also, if you dont plan to OC, go with an H77 mobo. If you do, stay with the Z77.
  21. giby is right the ram is compatible but to be safe go to the motherboad site and look up the support details and best not overclock any of your hardware ok unless your watercooling
  22. Quote:
    Tbh i dont know what that means. Im just here to build a computer, and use the computer. :/ and also thanks i'll look into the RAM thing :D


    Edit: I got the RAM thing. Will this be compatible?: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9

    Basically, overclocking means running hardware at higher speeds than the stock speeds.
    If you plan to overclock you need an external cooler. (Just in case :)) Also, go with 1600 RAM. Much better.
  23. you can get a Radeon 7850 graphics card for roughly the same price as the 560 ti and have better performance at higher resolutions
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-9.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-6.html
    That would also let you get a 500 watt psu
  24. It's only gonna cost you about $10 more, but I would go with the i5-3570k so that you have PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 support.
  25. 650W seems to be a lot for that system, you'll be safe at 550, or 500.
  26. They are compatible, but I have never heard of Wintec RAM.
  27. I have said this on many threads, so I will say it again. Z77 is a waste on an i5-2500k. In a few years when PCIe 3.0 is saturated even a little, the i5-2500k can't even make use of it. Either get a 3570k or a Z68 motherboard.
  28. Quote:
    Hey im just going to build that exact same computer because i dont feel like messing with more parts :\ The only thing im going to switch from that link is the video card. can you tell me if this stuff is compatible? :::

    Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


    Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 3OH16009U9H-8GK


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Thanks alot! Btw if you do tell me if they are compatible or not, i'll give u the Best Answer :P

    sorry, for late reply yes, they all are compatible, and what do you mean by "wintec" i never had hear about that go with g.skill they are top pop.
  29. Hey, I am currently wanting to build my first gaming PC, and i need some opinions: Can someone post the BEST build i can get for $600-$950? Like, Post all the part names and a link, or even just the name would be fine. I want to be able to play minecraft highest settings NO lag. Thank you all :D!
  30. there is a wide difference between $600 and $950
  31. Quote:
    there is a wide difference between $600 and $950

    Ik, im trying to say, like, thats the LOWEST i will buy, because ik it will suck. I want to buy for about 900.
  32. needs everything, right? (keyboard, mouse, OS, monitor)
  33. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.50 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.41 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Rosewill RM-2400L Wired Laser Mouse ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $879.42
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:30 EDT-0400)
  34. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($128.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Rosewill RM-2400L Wired Laser Mouse ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $877.33
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:32 EDT-0400)

    A bit cheaper when bought from newegg. :P
  35. For $80 more, get the Radeon 7850 if you want.
  36. azeem: our lists are frighteningly similar
  37. I know. I just think you didn't know about BBC Markup. :P
  38. Alright Thank you all guys, now i need one thing: (btw, i didnt use any of urs, as of my friend got me a list but thank you all SO much) Will these be better then ur guys' lists, or will this be better:

    Processor: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor


    Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7


    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard


    RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT


    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


    Video Card (Heard it was really good) : EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


    Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM


    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack


    And, The Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 Black with red Trim


    What im trying to say is, whos list is better? Mine or one of yours for minecraft. Thanks and please let me know :D
  39. Hi, And thank you for reading this. I am currently into building my first PC. It will be mostly for gaming (Minecraft, BF3, Cod Series, Etc.) , and I was wondering, will this computer run them all on Ultra Settings, with about 100-200 FPS? (Well besides BF3, I would like 60 FPS for BF3, but for Minecraft will it be 100-200?) Heres all the info etc.:


    Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

    Budget Range: $900 Before Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Are you buying a monitor:No


    Do you need to buy OS: Yes


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website will do. I do not care if they are all different sites, just the cheapest.

    Location: Ohio, United States


    Overclocking:Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

    Your Monitor Resolution:Dont Know Yet, anything good will be fine.

    Additional Comments: This will be for MOSTLY Minecraft and websearching.

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well, my laptop is pretty slow on games.


    Thanks and heres the parts list I have came up with:


    Processor: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor


    Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7


    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard


    RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT


    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


    Video Card (Heard it was really good) : EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


    Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM


    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack


    And, The Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 Black with red Trim


    If there is anything that can be better thats only like, $10 more, let me know! Also, The main reason this posting is for: I want to know if this will run games good.
  40. I'm not sure I would purchase that setup - last year's hardware is good, but the 7850 is a better card than the 560TI, and the Z77/Ivy Bridge will outperform the 2500K.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $909.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 19:19 EDT-0400)
  41. g-unit1111 said:
    I'm not sure I would purchase that setup - last year's hardware is good, but the 7850 is a better card than the 560TI, and the Z77/Ivy Bridge will outperform the 2500K.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $909.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 19:19 EDT-0400)

    Sorry, im new with this. So, this CPU comes with a good enough CPU Cooler that i dont need to buy one?
  42. Either will work for minecraft. If you like the idea of OCing get yours.
  43. g-unit1111 said:
    I'm not sure I would purchase that setup - last year's hardware is good, but the 7850 is a better card than the 560TI, and the Z77/Ivy Bridge will outperform the 2500K.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $909.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 19:19 EDT-0400)


    i5-3570Ks don't even perform 1% better in gaming than 2500Ks. The same holds true with the i5-2400 vs the 3450. The 2500K and 3570Ks maximum overclock end up balancing out in a way that they perform equally with their final typical overclock. Although of course every CPU overclocks differently.

    PCI 3.0 is the other "advantage" of Z77/Ivy Bridge.. Benches have shown this is zero improvement as well.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/14

    My point is, buy whichever is cheaper. If the Ivy Bridge is cheaper go for it, but don't pay more for zero real performance if an Ivy setup costs you more. The difference in power consumption between the 2500K and 3570K when overclocked is so low as to translate to requiring a person to run the computer for 2 years before they save $20 bucks on their electric bill (which is about how much more the 3570K typically costs).

    Other than that, yes you have a nice build, and I agree 7850 is a better card than a 560 TI.
  44. Nic0s411 said:
    Sorry, im new with this. So, this CPU comes with a good enough CPU Cooler that i dont need to buy one?

    The cooler that comes with the 2500K and 3570Ks are not appropriate for overclocking, if you wish to overclock you will want a decent aftermarket cooler such as a CoolerMaster 212 evo. You should know however, that for just MineCraft, you could max that game out with a $500 computer.

    You said in your form that overclocking was a "maybe", know that you require a CPU with a K at the end of the model number to overclock.
  45. It's a $20 difference. It does outperform SB, but not by large margin, but still. It also has USB 3.0, native SATA 3, and PCIe 3. The new Southern Island GPU's coming out and the architecture after Kepler will use PCIe 3. It's more futureproof, and doesn't cost a lot more. Why not?
  46. obsama1 said:
    It's a $20 difference. It does outperform SB, but not by large margin, but still. It also has USB 3.0, native SATA 3, and PCIe 3. The new Southern Island GPU's coming out and the architecture after Fermi will use PCIe 3. It's more futureproof, and doesn't cost a lot more. Why not?

    You assume that you don't have SATA III or USB 3.0 with Sandy Bridge. Z68 chipsets on Sandy Bridge as far as I know support both. Its not a new feature that Ivy brings to the table. Native support merely means that you need not install USB 3.0 drivers in order for them to function as they already have them onboard. The only time this would possibly be relevant is if you were installing Windows7 off a USB drive that was 3.0. SATA III is much the same, a SATA III hard drive will install, but merely at SATA II speeds, and as it is now, no SATA device completely saturates a SATA III interface.

    As far as future proof, theres no such thing in computers. Both Sandy and Ivy will be junk in 5 years just the same.

    As far as PCI 3.0, again, no real advantage there. As far as the extra cost. It just isn't worth the $20 extra. LOL, if you have the $20, sure go for it, but you would get more value for your money by ordering a pizza to celebrate a job well done after the computer is built.
  47. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.37 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Total: $878.03
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 22:25 EDT-0400)
  48. You do get HyperFormance which improves FPS in some cases. If you upgrade your GPU, to next year's GPU's, you will see better perfromance from PCIE3.
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