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August 11, 2012 7:20:30 PM

Hello community,

For my Senior Project at my school I choose to build a new gaming computer for myself to use. After about 30 hours of research and looking around on Newegg I have picked out some items that I would like to buy to build my computer.

I will post them below but I have a couple of questions to ask, one being can someone please check the compatibility of the items to see if they would work out so I don't find out after buying them that they are worthless, secondly, if someone could tell me how to find such compatibility. This is of course optional, but the more I learn the better.

Also if you have suggestions as to if I should change certain items around to make it a better computer overall, but my budget is limited to around 620$ (618.96$ to be exact). Any feed back or help would be much appreciated. Now, for my build:

Case: ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Power Supply: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM/Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Video/Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hard-Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)


Once again thanks for taking your time to look over my post, and any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

DearPain

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August 11, 2012 7:38:27 PM

Do not purchase anything made by Raidmax - truly awful brand. One of the worst in the industry. That setup won't get you very far - anything Intel will run circles around that build. And the Radoen 6870 is a way better GPU than the 550TI any day of the week.

What's your budget? I could suggest a far better system if I knew that.
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August 11, 2012 7:42:05 PM

If you read the paragraphs thoroughly you would have seen that my budget is 620$.

I don't know if suggesting an entire build would go so well for my project, just some advice on some of the items would do just fine and I will fix it all accordingly.

Thanks,

DearPain
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August 11, 2012 7:48:31 PM

I didn't see that - I'll have to suggest a system in a bit. Go with an i3-2120 and a Radeon 6870 - that will be way better.
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August 11, 2012 8:02:15 PM

Being on a tight budget it would be hard to get those items as I will probably have to skimp out on some of the other items. The build I have put in my first post is about 10$ away from my budget.

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August 11, 2012 8:06:08 PM

I should also had included what I wanted to do with my computer/build.

I am not looking to do sort of high-end gaming such as Call of Duty, or Skyrim, or anything like that.

The games I am looking forward to play on it are:

League of Legends
Minecraft
Terraria
Dota 2
Dungeon Defenders
Brick Force

The biggest games I would play would be League of Legends and Minecraft. But I might play the others on the list every now and then. I also am hoping to play these two games on higher graphics as I am quite annoyed with playing at lowest possible graphics on LoL and Minecraft.
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August 11, 2012 8:44:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I didn't see that - I'll have to suggest a system in a bit. Go with an i3-2120 and a Radeon 6870 - that will be way better.

That is wrong. The 965 BE is now $110 on newegg. For the same price, the Phenom is a better buy.
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August 11, 2012 9:28:10 PM

My brother has the same processor in his computer and he is having no troubles with it as of now. So I think I will stay with the one I have now.
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August 11, 2012 9:38:23 PM

Good choice. Before when the price difference was bigger, the i3 was the better choice. Now, the BE is.
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August 11, 2012 9:58:05 PM

Anybody see any in-depth problems with the build as far as compatibility?
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August 11, 2012 10:07:56 PM

Nope.
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August 11, 2012 11:13:34 PM

Do the prices still check out with the VGA changes?

And if I change PSU's does the wattage difference affect anything? What if I want to upgrade in the future? Would I need the extra wattage then? Or would it just be better to upgrade the PSU when I get more power hungry item?
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August 11, 2012 11:24:31 PM

And by VGA I mean the Graphics card.
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August 12, 2012 12:00:26 AM

DearPain said:
Do the prices still check out with the VGA changes?

And if I change PSU's does the wattage difference affect anything? What if I want to upgrade in the future? Would I need the extra wattage then? Or would it just be better to upgrade the PSU when I get more power hungry item?


1. The Radeon 6850 and the GTX 550Ti are priced exactly the same. However, the Radeon 6850 far outperforms it: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=541

This is the model I'd recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Not really - most wattage calculators aren't that accurate, and GPU makers tend to overestimate their power requirements for their graphics processors. And that's either based on exceptionally poor PSU quality or other factors.

3. Yes - you will want extra power if you are planning to add a second video card in the future. If that's the case then an extra 50 - 100W will be needed.

4. I never recommend buying the same part twice - again I'll say that a lot of power requirements are way overestimated - and with new GPUs being more energy efficient than ever, the days of huge power supplies (950+ W) are coming to an end.
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August 12, 2012 1:40:07 AM

Well, I plugged in the prices for all of the suggestions and it come out to 622.93, which is a bit over how much I saved up, but that is an easy amount to cover. Hopefully I can snatch some deals on Newegg. I will add the modded list below.

But besides the ability for better higher end gaming capability, this would make a difference in the games that I mentioned I would be playing above? And it is just a better GPU in general?


Here is my modded list:

Case: ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

**Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM/Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

**Video/Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Hard-Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Total Cost: 622.93$
Budget: 618.96$


Hopefully I will get some rebates from each item that offers it, I will look into more detail on them.

I know that azeem40 said that the build would all work together, would it work for sure now? More conformation the better.

Also, g-unit1111, thank you for all of your input, I really am thankful for the time you are putting in to helping me out.


DearPain
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August 12, 2012 5:26:21 AM

It will all work together. As long as the motherboard socket and CPU socket match, and the GPU is a PCIe x16 card, it will work together.
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August 12, 2012 5:52:29 AM

I checked for myself that the RAM and the Motherboard works as well.

But there shouldn't be any problems with PSU not working with certain things or HDD doesn't connect or anything?

Thanks for the feedback,

DearPain
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August 12, 2012 5:59:55 AM

No.
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August 12, 2012 5:18:44 PM

Awesome! Then I will be buying my parts today!

Once again thanks for helping me out, I appreciate it,

DearPain
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August 19, 2012 12:24:40 AM

Best answer selected by DearPain.
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