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September 17, 2012 3:28:46 AM

Hey guys, I'm about to order all my parts for my new gaming PC. I just want to make sure that all of these parts are compatible, and that I won't have any issues. This is my first build.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388089/H61M-HVS_H61_...

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388579/Core_i5_3450_...

http://www.microcenter.com/product/355148/Z9_ATX_Mid_To...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

One more thing, should I get an i3-2120 with a Z77 motherboard, or the i5-3450 with my current motherboard? Thanks for your response, I appreciate it very much.

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a b V Motherboard
September 17, 2012 3:34:53 AM

Well, the H61 motherboard with the 3450 isnt fantastic, but it is more useful than a i3-2120 on a Z77.

If your budget is tight right now, get the i3 and invest in a much better power supply. Get something from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling.

I don't know if you like Tigerdirect or you will buy from Newegg as well:

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

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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September 17, 2012 3:44:56 AM

Deemo13 said:
Well, the H61 motherboard with the 3450 isnt fantastic, but it is more useful than a i3-2120 on a Z77.

If your budget is tight right now, get the i3 and invest in a much better power supply. Get something from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling.

I don't know if you like Tigerdirect or you will buy from Newegg as well:

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

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


A few things to note: I buy from TigerDirect because Newegg charges tax. I'm on a very strict $633 budget because that's the amount in my PayPal account, and my parents don't want me using their credit card. Is an H61 going to limit the i5's performance, or simply have less ports than say a Z77? I'd also like to note that I don't plan on upgrading over 8GB of RAM, and I don't play on going SLI. And, isn't Cooler Master a good power supply brand? I know the efficiency isn't 80+ but I only need a 400W PSU for this system anyway.
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a b V Motherboard
September 17, 2012 4:16:10 AM

CoolerMaster doesn't make power supplies that are that great. If you aren't going to overclock, I would say get the i3-2120 with the H61 and get a better power supply. Preferably something with a 80+ certification.

This one should work fine:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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September 17, 2012 4:17:44 AM

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September 17, 2012 4:28:41 AM

Ultimately, I've decided to go with this build:

i3-2120 for $99.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 1155 for $94.99
2x4GB Crucial Ballistix 1333MHz RAM for $34.99
Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked for $229.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM for $66.99
Zalman Z9 ATX Mid-Tower Case for $42.99
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W Power Supply for $44.99

For those who express concern over the CM PSU: CM is a great brand, and while they may not be known for their Power Supplies, this one in particular has an average rating of 4.7 on 193 reviews @ TigerDirect. Very few DoA, just not a very problematic PSU overall. What I plan on doing, when I have the money is upgrading to possibly 4th Gen i7 whenever they come out, install a 120GB SSD, 8 more GB of RAM, a second GTX 660, and a new PSU. Those will come probably a year to two down the road. Thanks for the help guys.
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September 17, 2012 4:36:18 AM

seanpull said:
Ultimately, I've decided to go with this build:

i3-2120 for $99.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 1155 for $94.99
2x4GB Crucial Ballistix 1333MHz RAM for $34.99
Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Superclocked for $229.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM for $66.99
Zalman Z9 ATX Mid-Tower Case for $42.99
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W Power Supply for $44.99

For those who express concern over the CM PSU: CM is a great brand, and while they may not be known for their Power Supplies, this one in particular has an average rating of 4.7 on 193 reviews @ TigerDirect. Very few DoA, just not a very problematic PSU overall. What I plan on doing, when I have the money is upgrading to possibly 4th Gen i7 whenever they come out, install a 120GB SSD, 8 more GB of RAM, a second GTX 660, and a new PSU. Those will come probably a year to two down the road. Thanks for the help guys.


Get an i3 3220, it performs better than the 2120 for a bit less.
you don't need a Z77 motherboard if you're gonna overclock, a cheap H77 motherboard like the Asrock H77M is enough.
get 8GB of low profile 1600Mhz RAM
Don't get an EVGA GPU, they use stock coolers which are noisy and do a poor job cooling the card.

DO NOT GET A COOLERMASTER PSU.
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September 17, 2012 4:52:21 AM

idroid said:
Get an i3 3220, it performs better than the 2120 for a bit less.
you don't need a Z77 motherboard if you're gonna overclock, a cheap H77 motherboard like the Asrock H77M is enough.
get 8GB of low profile 1600Mhz RAM
Don't get an EVGA GPU, they use stock coolers which are noisy and do a poor job cooling the card.

DO NOT GET A COOLERMASTER PSU.


The Ivy-Bridge i3 puts me over my budget, and I want an ATX motherboard because I'm getting a big graphics card, and 9.5" cards end up covering SATA ports on most mATX boards. Also, an mATX board makes it completely impossible to upgrade the RAM, go SLI, or connect all four of my case fans. The difference between 1600MHz RAM and 1333MHz RAM is beyond negligible, it's simply nonexistent. And, a couple reasons for the EVGA GPU: It's the best GTX 660 because of it's core clock. It's the base price of the GTX 660, whereas the Zotac, MSI, and ASUS versions are all $240-$250. I checked benchmarks, and it actually doesn't run hot at all. Also, EVGA is extremely reliable. As for the CM PSU, I think we've been over this before, the reviews are excellent. In 193 reviews, 4 are 1 star reviews, multiple people have even had it for over two years.
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September 17, 2012 4:55:52 AM

seanpull said:
The Ivy-Bridge i3 puts me over my budget, and I want an ATX motherboard because I'm getting a big graphics card, and 9.5" cards end up covering SATA ports on most mATX boards. Also, an mATX board makes it completely impossible to upgrade the RAM, go SLI, or connect all four of my case fans. The difference between 1600MHz RAM and 1333MHz RAM is beyond negligible, it's simply nonexistent. And, a couple reasons for the EVGA GPU: It's the best GTX 660 because of it's core clock. It's the base price of the GTX 660, whereas the Zotac, MSI, and ASUS versions are all $240-$250. I checked benchmarks, and it actually doesn't run hot at all. Also, EVGA is extremely reliable. As for the CM PSU, I think we've been over this before, the reviews are excellent. In 193 reviews, 4 are 1 star reviews, multiple people have even had it for over two years.



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a b V Motherboard
September 17, 2012 5:53:45 AM

My M-ATX motherboard works just fine, you just have to know what one to get.
The Z77 is as idroid said, is pointless.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Here's a nice cheaper H77 chipset. That one has Crossfire support,

I would still not recommend the CoolerMaster PSU, as there is a reason that people call them CrapMaster, and also the reason why both of mine are sitting in a corner doing nothing right now.

If you want to go with a Radeon card, you can Crossfire on this motherboard:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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