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1st Build Advice - Need help finalizing the build

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August 10, 2012 8:34:09 AM

Hello,
PC noob here. Just wanted to get some feedback on this potential 1st build. I've been needing a new computer for a WHILE now so I'm choosing to put it together myself rather than get a store bought one put together.
Any tips, advice, anything, will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com & amazon.com

Overclocking: No

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I plan on using for entertainment/gaming/everyday internet surfing/etc.
I'm aware that games like BF3 are optimized for quad core processors but since I'm on a pretty tight budget I'm thinking of going with the i3-2100 which I've heard great things about, and maybe upgrading to a quad core in the future.
The main thing I'm having trouble deciding on is the Power Supply. I think the one I've listed below is a good one, but any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-...(keywords)&Page=1&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=5rzkjwbl2fh9#scrollFullInfo

Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=as_li_s...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA...

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020002-NA

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf...

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Cooler+Master-_-11119233

OS: Windows 7

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Thank you so much in advance for any response. Greatly appreciated.
August 10, 2012 8:47:39 AM

A compatibility check on the parts would also be great; Would the PSU be compatible with the motherboard?
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August 10, 2012 9:02:52 AM

What is your overall budget? Changing a CPU is quite hard, you will have to take everything apart. If you live near a Micro Center, then pickup one of these http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... a i5 3450 ivy bridge for $149, quite a bargin.

For the GPU I would wait for the GTX 660/650, should be out next week. For your setup I don't think you need more

As for the PSU, do you plan to cross fire/SLI? If not, then you don't need so much power and you can save some cash by getting this
Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Put the money you save into improving the CPU/GPU.
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August 10, 2012 9:26:53 AM

jk47_99 said:
What is your overall budget? Changing a CPU is quite hard, you will have to take everything apart. If you live near a Micro Center, then pickup one of these http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... a i5 3450 ivy bridge for $149, quite a bargin.

For the GPU I would wait for the GTX 660/650, should be out next week. For your setup I don't think you need more

As for the PSU, do you plan to cross fire/SLI? If not, then you don't need so much power and you can save some cash by getting this
Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Put the money you save into improving the CPU/GPU.


Unfortunately I don't live near a Micro Center :( 

And about the PSU, I wasn't planning on cross fire/SLI so yeah 650W might be overkill.

I don't know about the GTX 660/650 idea. I looked it up and they seem to be replacing the GTX 560. But my main concern is the price. The parts I listed above will cost me about $650-$660 not including Windows 7 which is another $100.
So $750ish including the OS is pretty much my budget.
If I kept the parts that I originally listed (maybe switching out the power supply for something less powerful) how good would it be? For everyday stuff as well as some gaming?
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August 10, 2012 3:18:20 PM

I'd change the power and get a cheaper optical drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That gives you around $150 for the cpu, the rest of your build just doesn't suit that cpu you picked because you could get by with a H61 board, 1333 RAM and a SATA 2 HDD with that CPU. It would be worth paying that little bit extra for the ivy bridge cpu to get the best performance out of the other parts, http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53450
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August 10, 2012 6:46:04 PM

jk47_99 said:
I'd change the power and get a cheaper optical drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That gives you around $150 for the cpu, the rest of your build just doesn't suit that cpu you picked because you could get by with a H61 board, 1333 RAM and a SATA 2 HDD with that CPU. It would be worth paying that little bit extra for the ivy bridge cpu to get the best performance out of the other parts, http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53450


So the i3-2100 would bottleneck the other components?
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August 28, 2012 8:46:47 AM

Sorry for not replying sooner, I was on holiday and hoped that someone else would pick this up.

The Ivy Bridge CPU has native support for PCI 3.0, SATA 3, USB 3.0 and 1600 RAM, which is fully utilized in a H77 motherboard. Your CPU won't necessarily bottleneck the parts because the difference between PCI 3.0/2.0, SATA 3/2, 1600/1333 RAM is negligible, the USB 3.0 will make a noticeable difference as there is a significant increase in transfer speed.
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September 4, 2012 4:34:05 AM

Best answer selected by Sam2T47.
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