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November 10, 2012 5:11:44 PM

I was wondering if these parts would be compatible
(This is my first build and I wanted to be sure, also I am planning to buy a second graphics card with SLI, so these specs must support SLI)

Optical Drive:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage:
Western Digital WD Green WD7500AADS-FR 750GB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
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...

I will be wanting to play Skyrim ALOT with ALOT of mods installed, so how well will this perform?


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November 10, 2012 6:06:04 PM

Should work fine together but I'd consider a different HDD if you intend to use it as your boot drive, or get a cheap SSD.

I'd also consider swapping out the graphics card as it's a bit dated and you can get a 2gb faster card in that price range these days, the 2gb will help if you are using high res textures etc in Skyrim. HD7850 should be in your budget and Xfire capable. GTX660 is a bit more expensive but worth considering.
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November 10, 2012 10:33:54 PM

Okay, does this HDD Sound good? (It's 6gb/s instead of 3)
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The HD 7850 only seems to have PCIe 3.0 and my Motherboard only supports 2.0, so will it still work?

Also, I will get an SSD later When I have more money and my budget is $800 US

Thanks.
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November 10, 2012 11:46:53 PM

HDD seems quite expensive for 500GB, but I don't really work in dollars terribly well.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&... same type of HDD but double the capacity for the same price.

Nothing really needs PCIe 3.0 right now, and cards will work fine in 2.0, it's really just a future-proofing option.

If your budget is $800 to spend right now I reckon you can squeeze in an SSD and a better graphics card.
CPU+motherboard+ram+powersupply+HDD+case is a little over $500. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nevF
If you are just wanting to get the best you can, that's a pretty nice budget for graphics.

HD7870 $210+
GTX660 $220+
GTX660Ti $270+
HD7950 $280+

All of those are potentially in your budget and all are a good amount better than GTX560Ti.
Alternatively, with a healthy budget like that you could go for a better CPU (i5 etc)
You really have a good amount of options.
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November 10, 2012 11:54:56 PM

get a wdc black one and corsair vengeance ram..others are good
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November 11, 2012 1:24:26 AM

Okay. So I've looked at the 7850 benchmarks and it's the graphics card I'll go with. (I'm only planning on spending $200 on the graphics card, so I can still afford it) also, if you can, post the newegg link for the hard drive (if it's on there) also, I think intel processors are a rip-off ($100 more for the same processor specs)
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November 11, 2012 2:07:30 AM

WD drives are really good but they seem kinda expensive. In the UK we can get them for a similar price to the Seagate ones but the gap in the states seems to be much bigger.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=50895&promoid=1230

@ Graphics cards, 7850 is a nice card, very nearly bought one myself. If you are definitely intending on Xfire at some point you should make sure you are ok with microstutter though, AMD cards tend to be worse.

@ Processors. It's your call and AMD definitely have nice value, but any 2nd/3rd gen i5 is much better for gaming (and in general really). Whether or not it's worth the price gap is up to the individual. Friend of mine spent his entire "new pc" fund on a graphics card (~$450-500) and with a 4year old processor he gets near identical performance to me when I made a whole new machine (Ivy bridge I5 etc) because graphics are king.
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November 11, 2012 6:32:19 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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