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July 29, 2012 1:36:19 AM

Hi im building my first pc and finally chose all of my parts at a 600$ budget what do ya guys think?

Ram: 12g (ddr3) OWNED

GFX: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support BUYING

CPU: i7 2600 3.4 ghz OWNED

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power BUYING

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

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case BUYING

and hard drive and fan from my current dell xps 8300 OWNED

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2012 1:40:52 AM

I think it is impossible to get all of those components for $600.
July 29, 2012 1:43:50 AM

rwayne said:
I think it is impossible to get all of those components for $600.

well with my dell i have currently i have a pcu and ram and a fan i bought the case, power, gfx card, and motherboard for 600$ so i guess its a total worth of more than 600 which i should have specified
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2012 1:44:38 AM

For gaming, get an i5-2400, 3450 or 2500K/3570K (if you want to overclock). I assume you're doing a gaming PC anyway, as thats what most people come here for. Theres no advantage to an i7 over an i5 for gaming. None at all.

Also, I assume if you're using 12GB of RAM that you're running 3 modules. Thats actually counter-productive to performance for 2 reasons.

1. Running 2 DIMMs or 4 DIMMs allows the computer to run in "dual channel mode". But running an odd number of DIMMs makes the computer revert to "single channel mode". (There is no tri-channel support on any modern CPU from either Intel or AMD- with exception to server-grade platforms)

2. You will never use more than 8GB, honestly, you probably won't even use all of 8GB unless you're doing heavily productivity work like Professional Computer Aided Drafting or something along those lines. That money for the 4GB extra RAM can be used to order a pizza to celebrate a job well done when the computer is built. You'll get more bang for your buck.

For a single 7870, you'd be fine with a Corsair TX 650 v2. Only get the 750 v2 if you plan on running dual 7870s at a later date, even then you could probably squeak by with the 650 v2.

A word of caution about the hard drive. If its an older hard drive, like SATA 1, you might want to consider getting a newer drive for the main boot drive. Also understand that if you are planning on using the hard drive because it already has Windows on it, it won't work. You'll need a clean, unbound copy of Windows7/Vista whatever the case may be. Expect that to add $100 to your cost.

Other than that its a pretty decent setup.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2012 1:48:54 AM

I'm confused, what parts are you buying for $600
July 29, 2012 2:01:47 AM

@ nekulturny there was triple channel available on the x58 intel chipset but I don't think it's still there with IB chips.
a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2012 2:03:54 AM

beoza said:
@ nekulturny there was triple channel available on the x58 intel chipset but I don't think it's still there with IB chips.

Yea, thats why I edited my post. x58, really anything LGA2011/1366 I would qualify as "server grade".
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