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a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 2:16:03 PM

I'm going to be building a new computer for gaming about 1 to 2 months from now. I'm on a pretty tight budget, so I'll be reusing a couple of components from my current system - DVD drive and more importantly my Radeon HD 6850. I've also pre-purchased a case, the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer. I'll be replacing the graphics card eventually, maybe at Christmas, maybe later.

I'm located in Denmark, so I'm looking more for compatibility or general advice than specific offers (Newegg's a long way from here :p  ). I've listed the prices converted to US dollars.

CPU: Core i3-2120 boxed - $148 (may get one of the Ivy Bridge i3's instead if they turn out well)
Motherboard: Asrock B75 Pro3 - $93
RAM: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MT/s 1.50V CL9 - $62
PSU: OCZ ZS 550W - $66
Case: CM Storm Enforcer (bought)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 (recycled from current system)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA-600 - $104
a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 3:56:07 PM

Looks decent.
July 31, 2012 4:10:22 PM

Look at the budget rig in my sig. I would go with the cpu/mobo listed here than that one you picked out. Also the Ivy Bridge i3 will not be seen anytime soon...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 5:19:08 PM

DarkOutlaw said:
Look at the budget rig in my sig. I would go with the cpu/mobo listed here than that one you picked out. Also the Ivy Bridge i3 will not be seen anytime soon...

The CPU's the same, that motherboard isn't available here. It also loses SATA-600 and USB3.0 compared to the B75 Pro3; I guess SATA-600 doesn't matter much with a HDD, but having it leaves the upgrade path to an SSD open.

From what I've heard, desktop core i3's should launch late August/early September, which is within my timeframe.

Is there anything wrong in going for a B75 motherboard for a gaming build? It seems to have practically the same features as H77 apart from SRT (which doesn't matter to me - I'd probably use an SSD as a system drive instead of as a cache), and it only costs a little more than H61 boards without USB3.0 and SATA-600.
July 31, 2012 6:06:32 PM

For like another $40 you could pick up an entry level K series CPU that you can overclock, and then down the road add an enclosed CU water cooler for another $50, which would add quite a bit of value to your budget build. Not sure of the prices over there, but that RAM price seems high. You should be able to find a solid set under $50.
a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 6:29:09 PM

Hmm, the cheapest set of equivalent RAM (same speed, voltage) is $58 instead of 62. I guess I could swap to 1333 MT/s and 1.65V instead, but that only gets me to $56. Each of those downgrades is to some "Transcend JetRAM".

The cheapest K-series socket 1155 CPU I can find is an i5-2500k for $238, so that's $90 above the i3-2120. There is an i5-655k for ~$200, but that seems like a bad deal compared to the i3-2120, plus I'd be stuck with old LGA 1156 stuff.
a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 6:35:53 PM

Get Crucial Ballistix sport 2x4GB 1600 MHz for $48 on newegg.
a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2012 8:43:59 PM

They don't ship internationally.

Thanks for the input everyone. Since there doesn't seem to be any worries about compatibility with what I brewed up, I think that's what I'll stick with.
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