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November 14, 2012 3:17:08 PM

Hello, is this a nice starter computer i know how to build computers, never built my own though this will be my first one.

1. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2.Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

3.Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

4.Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

5.ASUS GT640-2GD3 GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP

6.RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire

7.G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

8.ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

trying to do light gaming will play swtor and star craft. my budget is 650$ also.

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November 14, 2012 4:05:58 PM

marzin said:


6.RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire

7.G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR


One thing that stuck out.. I'm sure others will comment for the rest.

But go with a quality psu. Some good brands are Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
Second you only need ddr3 1600 RAM. But it's cheap.. So :p . You can go either way.
November 14, 2012 5:42:38 PM

POWER SUPPLY UNIT:

That power supply is junk.

If you're building a PC with expensive components you need a PSU that can not just deliver it's advertised wattage without lies and cheating but it also has to deliver clean and efficient power for your graphics card and CPU.

Otherwise your system will run hot and consume a lot of electricity for nothing (literally turning electricity to heat) and can possibly damage parts of your PC permanently when feeding them with too dirty junk power.

I've read that this power supply had exploded with a big bang.
I've also read that it's fried someones whole new expensive PC.

That shouldn't happen if a power supply unit has the appropriate protections and components to be able to feed clean power safely.

On the rest of the build:

CPU:

You might even go a little cheaper on the CPU and buy an Intel G___ Pentium and then later on upgrade it to a four core Ivy Bridge when you can afford it, preferably an unlocked part so you can make your PC last a longer time.

If you're going to be happy with a dual core you shouldn't waste money on a Z77 motherboard, but I think being stuck with a dual core cpu and having to buy another system in a few years would be a worse idea so I recommend for you to plan for upgrades and keep it.

GRAPHICS CARD:

Your build should manage some video games but I suggest you to buy a graphics card with atleast GDDR5 memory, that would be a Radeon 7750 or a Nvidia 650 at the moment.

If you don't mind playing new games at medium or low graphics settings you wouldn't need to buy a new graphics card this way.

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November 14, 2012 6:59:21 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
November 14, 2012 7:44:10 PM

I will definitely agree with everyone else that the power supply sucks. Raidmax is one of the tier 4 or tier 5 vendors - that's bad.

Also that GT640 is not a good video card. If you want to do even light gaming get a Radeon 7750 instead.

Don't pair an Extreme 4 with an i3-2120 either. You can't overclock an i3-2120. Go with an H77 motherboard and an i3-3220 instead.
November 14, 2012 7:45:25 PM

That GPU is not meant for gaming. Also, your motherboard is super overkill. Save some money on the motherboard and go to a 7770 at the minimum. You also DON'T want a Raidmax PSU. They are complete crap and are very well known to fail. Here is something I put together for you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nJxP

I left some wiggle room so you can add an OS if you need it.
November 14, 2012 11:59:32 PM

tiny voices said:
That GPU is not meant for gaming. Also, your motherboard is super overkill. Save some money on the motherboard and go to a 7770 at the minimum. You also DON'T want a Raidmax PSU. They are complete crap and are very well known to fail. Here is something I put together for you.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nJxP

I left some wiggle room so you can add an OS if you need it.


thanks this system looks great, will this system be able to to play stwor on high to ultra settings
November 15, 2012 12:04:30 AM

marzin said:
thanks this system looks great, will this system be able to to play stwor on high to ultra settings


That system does look good but the high profile Vengeance RAM will complicate installation. Also I do not trust that power supply. Antec is a reliable manufacturer but that Basiq PSU is one of their really lower end ones. Get a Corsair or Seasonic instead. The PSU is the most important part of any build and you don't want to get the wrong one or it will end badly.
November 15, 2012 12:53:56 AM

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That system does look good but the high profile Vengeance RAM will complicate installation
. should i just stay with the g skill sniper series ram
November 15, 2012 2:08:00 AM

hey i was playing around with the parts i think this is the right system for me take a look. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nMnl or not sure if i really want the ssd.
November 15, 2012 5:26:35 AM

The 7850 will be better than the gtx560ti and use less power.
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