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$530 Build- Need advice and compatibility check

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October 1, 2012 1:02:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $530 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, office, internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, and microcenter.com

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Parts Preferences: intel cpu xfx or evga gpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Not positive, but it is not HD






Parts List




Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processo Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processo
SKU: 866541 $79.99

ASRock H61M-HVS H61 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard ASRock H61M-HVS H61 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard
SKU: 397539 $49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OS $91.04


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD $54.66


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner $17.99

APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $22.99

XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $110 after rebate

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply $44.99 after rebates

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL $37.99
October 1, 2012 1:44:12 AM

Apex cases are junk, you could get a Cooler Master Elite 430 for $29 and it's far better.

You will need an H77 motherboard in order to use the G2120, H61 will not work. Otherwise that's not a bad build at all.
October 1, 2012 1:48:29 AM

the H61 is a LGA 1155 mobo though, so why would I need a H77?
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October 1, 2012 1:56:56 AM

forr3zt said:
the H61 is a LGA 1155 mobo though, so why would I need a H77?


You can use it but you'll need an existing CPU in order to update the BIOS to support the newer CPU.
October 1, 2012 1:58:58 AM

You can use a H61 board but you would need a BIOS update and in doing that you can't take advantage of all of the new features to the 77 boards like PCI express 3.0 or some other things. If you are planning on overclocking you need the get a Z77 board.
October 1, 2012 1:59:03 AM

So there is no way around that? The newer h61 wouldn't have the update? Do you have any cheap suggestions for the h77 because I have literally $10 left in the budget.
October 1, 2012 2:01:36 AM

forr3zt said:
So there is no way around that? The newer h61 wouldn't have the update? Do you have any cheap suggestions for the h77 because I have literally $10 left in the budget.


Nope. H77 is newer than H61 - Ivy Bridge CPUs aren't supported on H61 motherboards. If you want you could use a Radeon 7770 instead of the 6850 - some models go for $100 and then you can upgrade to the H77 motherboard.
October 1, 2012 3:12:28 PM

Got you a better GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.88 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $536.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 1, 2012 3:21:29 PM

What if I got a pentium g870 instead of the 2120? Would that work with the H61? Because that would free up some space for a better gpu.
October 1, 2012 3:28:08 PM

Yes.
October 1, 2012 4:06:25 PM

I was pushing my budget with the 560 ti so i cant afford the 7870, plus it is out of stock and I am purchasing this very soon. So back to the origional question 6950 or 560 ti?
October 1, 2012 4:10:27 PM

6950.
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