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Need Opinions and Compatibility Check for a new gaming build

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August 14, 2012 11:58:58 PM

Hey guys I listed my parts down below, and if any of you can give me a compatibility check that would great! I also have some few questions regarding some of my parts and price listed below as well. I'm already a bit over budget (budget is around 750) and I still need a wireless card and speakers. So if you guys can provide some cost saving measures as well that would be awesome. Any help will be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thanks!

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)

*500GB is a bit much,however the cheapest 320gb is still around 50 bucks. Is there any other good cheap hard drives that are around 320gb?

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)

* I'm currently considering 3 different cards: The AMD 6950, AMD 6870, and the GTX 560. PC part picker didn't show a significant price difference between these three cards. I was wondering which one is the best value/ bang for the buck.

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)

* Right now I think 600w is a bit much. I won't be doing any oclocking anytime soon. Can I settle for a 500w PSU, and then upgrade later?

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)

* This is a 1920x1080 monitor. I will be perfectly fine with a 1680x1050 one. However i couldn't find any monitors that cheaper compared to mine

Total: $785.88

Thanks guys! I appreciate all of your help
August 15, 2012 12:04:36 AM

the 6950 is the best of those 3 in my opinion. honestly just get the 600w unless your future upgrade will be to something that requires a 750w psu. your monitor should be fine but i warn you, with monitors you get what you pay for. nice build.
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August 15, 2012 12:26:11 AM

huntx23 said:
the 6950 is the best of those 3 in my opinion. honestly just get the 600w unless your future upgrade will be to something that requires a 750w psu. your monitor should be fine but i warn you, with monitors you get what you pay for. nice build.


Thanks for the reply! I do have a quick question about my PSU. Do you think a 500w can power my system for around a year?
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August 15, 2012 12:31:28 AM

I recommend spending a few more bucks to get a 7850 instead of a 6950 2GB.

However, all of your components are compatible. Don't expect there to be any better hard drive deals. They don't scale down in price linearly with decreased capacity because the cost of manufacturing doesn't go down linearly, so the lower the capacity, you generally get less capacity for the money. For example, a 3TB drive might cost less three three times as much money as your 500GB choice, yet it would probably have higher performance and has six times higher capacity.

EDIT: a 500w PSU would probably be fine, but a 600w would be better (assuming you go for the 600w Corsair model that you picked out). It would be more future proofed and less likely to fail from too much wear.
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August 15, 2012 12:35:27 AM

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

With the promo code, this 320GB hard drive is $50, $10 cheaper than your 500GB choice, but it is also much slower, so I don't recommend it. However, if you're determined to get a 320GB drive at a lower price, this might be your only option unless we can find more.
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August 15, 2012 12:42:03 AM

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

With the promo code, this 320GB hard drive is $50, $10 cheaper than your 500GB choice, but it is also much slower, so I don't recommend it. However, if you're determined to get a 320GB drive at a lower price, this might be your only option unless we can find more.


Thanks for finding that deal :) . I think I'll stick with the 500gb though like you recommended since the 320gb looks like a bad deal. A 7850 looks nice but it will put me way over budget. I'll probably just get a MUCH better graphics card somewhere down the road when I have more money. Do you think I can get a better deal for my Monitor? It seems like a lot of my money is being drained form there.
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August 15, 2012 12:57:07 AM

kevinduan said:
Thanks for finding that deal :) . I think I'll stick with the 500gb though like you recommended since the 320gb looks like a bad deal. A 7850 looks nice but it will put me way over budget. I'll probably just get a MUCH better graphics card somewhere down the road when I have more money. Do you think I can get a better deal for my Monitor? It seems like a lot of my money is being drained form there.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This monitor is cheaper at under $100, but it is 1600x900. I don't know if you'd prefer it over 1080p or not.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This 7850 is only $40 more than the 6950 2GB that you chose. Is this too far over budget?
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August 15, 2012 12:58:33 AM

blazorthon said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This monitor is cheaper at under $100, but it is 1600x900. I don't know if you'd prefer it over 1080p or not.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This 7850 is only $40 more than the 6950 2GB that you chose. Is this too far over budget?


Unfortunately I'm already pushing my budget as is so that graphics card may be out of my range. However thanks for the monitor suggestion I'll look into it!
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