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September 11, 2012 8:28:50 PM

I've put together a rough parts list for my new build and i wanted to see if anyone had any advice. The piece i'm most unsure of is the MOBO: I would like to find a cheaper (but still reliable) one if possible. Any other advice would be appreciated too. My budget isn't really set in stone, i'd spend a little more for a big jump in performance but of course i'd like to spend less. My goal is to be able to play most games at in 1920x1080 resolution. I already own a case, HD and cd drive.

Parts I'm buying:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ASUS HD7750 (I'm not by any means stuck on the Asus, I'll probably just get the cheapest brand i can find when it comes time to order unless someone thinks one brand is better than another) $100 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 (430W) - $25 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - FREE w/ MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300 - FREE (already own)

CD drive - FREE (don't remember the brand)

HD - Samsung spinpoint 1TB - FREE (already own)

TOTAL: $380
September 11, 2012 9:36:22 PM

Your build is very good.

Here are my thoughts:

You can do just as well with an inexpensive H61 based motherboard.
Something like the $45 ASRock H61M-DGS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since the graphics card is the most important component for gaming, see if you can't use the difference to buy a stronger graphics card such as the 7850.
Here is one for $180 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The GTX660/GTX650 will launch soon as a 7850 competitor, you might look for that.

Any of those cards will run on the Corsair CX430. I have used one before, and it seemed to be a good quality unit, and a steal @$25.

If really needed, the i3-2100 at $25 less would not hurt as much as a stronger graphics card would help.
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September 11, 2012 9:51:42 PM

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You can do just as well with an inexpensive H61 based motherboard.
Something like the $45 ASRock H61M-DGS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157315


Yeah but why? You forfeit so much expansion with H61 that it's not worth it. It would be better to get the H77 board like I suggested - it's $10 more and will last a lot longer.
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September 11, 2012 9:58:01 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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You can do just as well with an inexpensive H61 based motherboard.
Something like the $45 ASRock H61M-DGS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157315


Yeah but why? You forfeit so much expansion with H61 that it's not worth it. It would be better to get the H77 board like I suggested - it's $10 more and will last a lot longer.


Did I miss something? I see your linked motherboard at $79 which is considerably more than $45.

What kind of expansion might one contemplate?
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September 11, 2012 9:59:19 PM

geofelt said:
Did I miss something? I see your linked motherboard at $79 which is considerably more than $45.

What kind of expansion might one contemplate?


More hard drives (or SSD), more RAM, a better CPU, dual GPUs... H61 really won't handle any of that. And then you won't be able to use Ivy Bridge CPUs on it.
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