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December 9, 2012 7:15:33 PM

Hello. This is my first time building a computer and I have a few questions.

1) Are my parts compatible? I don't want to have to order stuff, wait for it to be shipped, find out that it's incompatible and have to return it. These are my parts:
Power Supply
Graphics Card
Memory
Motherboard
CPU
Hard Drive
Case is undecided.

2) Which case should I choose? I don't know how big my case has to be. Can someone please suggest me a case?

3) Some of the reviews for my graphics card say it takes up two slots. Does that mean the space of two slots or plugged into two slots?

4) Is my old monitor compatible with my computer as long as they have the same type of plug?

Thanks.

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December 9, 2012 8:04:41 PM

Eh, get 1333 RAM because the motherboard doesn't standardize 1600MHz memory.
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December 9, 2012 8:55:40 PM

They're compatible but that CPU is very old now and not really worth buying. What is the budget? I could suggest a system if I knew that.
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December 10, 2012 2:51:46 AM

g-unit1111 said:
They're compatible but that CPU is very old now and not really worth buying. What is the budget? I could suggest a system if I knew that.


My budget is about $500-$600
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December 10, 2012 3:24:19 AM

KHdasdasd said:
My budget is about $500-$600


This will be far better for $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $588.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 00:22 EST-0500)

*OR*

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $637.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 00:24 EST-0500)

The Intel build is a bit more but includes a better GPU.
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December 10, 2012 4:16:26 AM

Similar to the FX6300 build above but using a HD 7850 2GB.
Stronger CPU than the i3 in particular for BF3 64 man and other massive player online games. The board should also be compatible with the Steamroller CPU's when they release which should be a significant upgrade.
It also includes a 50GB SSD to put your OS and a few games on it. If you get a larger SSD later, you can use this SSD to cache your HDD. If you want to stay in budget, I recommend dropping the SSD (having a slower boot/load time is better than a computer that doesn't you the performance you need in games)

The 7850 and the 7770 both take up two slots.

The monitors should be compatible as long it has the same plug (if it is VGA you may need an adapter from DVI since most GPU's no longer have VGA outputs. Adapters usually run $5-15)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 50GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $637.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:10 EST-0500)
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December 10, 2012 4:18:29 AM

stickmansam said:
Similar to the FX6300 build above but using a HD 7850 2GB.
Stronger CPU than the i3 in particular for BF3 64 man and other massive player online games. The board should also be compatible with the Steamroller CPU's when they release which should be a significant upgrade. It also includes a 50GB SSD to put your OS and a few games on it. If you get a larger SSD later, you can use this SSD to cache your HDD. If you want to stay in budget, I reccoemned dropping the SSD (having a slower boot/load time is better than not giving you the performance you need in games)
The 7850 and the 7770 both take up two slots.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 50GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $637.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:10 EST-0500)


An SSD has no place on a $600 build and 50GB won't get you very far. Leave this out entirely - you can always add one later on. I'd spend more on the case or the video card instead.
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December 10, 2012 4:43:12 AM

Well the card already is a 7850 2GB with a decent cooler you can OC with. Yeah the 50GB SSD is compeletly optional but I liked to throw it it as a extra goodie just to speed up OS and a select 1-2 games(dependent on game size). It can always be used a cache later on.

Here is a better case without the SSD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $599.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:47 EST-0500)

Using the case suggested by g-unit
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $595.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:44 EST-0500)

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December 10, 2012 5:01:48 AM

stickmansam said:
Well the card already is a 7850 2GB with a decent cooler you can OC with. Yeah the 50GB SSD is compeletly optional but I liked to throw it it as a extra goodie just to speed up OS and a select 1-2 games(dependent on game size). It can always be used a cache later on.

Here is a better case without the SSD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $599.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:47 EST-0500)

Using the case suggested by g-unit
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $595.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 01:44 EST-0500)


Both of those builds look pretty good. I say either one.
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December 10, 2012 11:42:03 PM

Thanks everyone! :D 
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