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December 29, 2012 1:36:12 PM

Hi!
I need your help with a compatibility check for my first computer. I have gone through everything and tried to make sure myself that everything I am getting is compatible before I actually buy them all. I don't have a specified budget, but I don't want it to go past £400 (I'm in the UK). It will mainly be used for playing games like Minecraft and running Photoshop and Premiere. Here is the list:

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3460 IvyBridge - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/54861/Intel-C...

GPU:
Palit Geforce GT 610 2048MB PCI-E HDMI DVI-I Retail - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/54411/Palit-G...

Mobo (I have already got this, so I'm not changing it):
Gigabyte motherboard H61M-DS2 LGA1155 DDR3 mATX - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/54821

Case: CiT Vantage Black Midi Mesh Gaming Case Black Interior 4 Fans (3 Blue LED) Card Reader No PSU - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/55555/CiT-Van...

PSU:
Coolermaster PSU 500W Elite Power with 12cm fan OEM - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/52373/Coolerm...

Memory:
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9-1600MH...

Optical Drive:
LG GH24NS90.AUAA50B 24x SATA Bare Internal DVD Rewriter - Black - http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-GH24NS90-AUAA50B-SATA-Intern...

HDD:
Seagate Hard Disk Drive 500GB SATA3 6Gb/s 3.5" 7200RPM 16MB - http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/52555/Seagate...

Thanks! :sol: 

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December 29, 2012 2:29:28 PM

hello... your video card is way underpowered...please look for a used GTX 460 on EBAY and see if you afford that... look at the PASSMARK website for ratings on Video Card models... the 60's models and above of the Nividia model #'s are the minimum I recomend to anyone building a computer... your passmark rating is 346... your CPU is rated in the 6000+... you can see the huge imbalance of graphic performance vs CPU... a GTX460 will give a rating of 2668.
December 29, 2012 4:38:27 PM

Would an ATi Radeon 6570 do?
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December 29, 2012 5:51:18 PM

hello... to determine the rating of any computer componet... search the name and type "Passmark" after it search agian and go to their web site listed... the passmark for 6570 is 754... your moving in the right direction...

my experience is a graphic card performance is very important in a build... and you might need to drop your CPU choice down and get 2000+ rated GPU in your build... after all everything you look at and respond to is on your video screen... your processor is a overkill to your GPU choices... an I3 at 3.3 ghz has a 4000+ rating for $100 us
December 29, 2012 6:45:53 PM

But the thing is, i dont want to drop my Processor, but I dont want to pay to much for my gpu. What can i do?
December 29, 2012 6:55:26 PM

Sidestepping the GPU topic, you may or may not need a loaner CPU for your motherboard - it's got an H61 chipset, which is 1 generation older than your CPU. If it doesn't come with the latest BIOS updates, then it won't work with your processor (hence the need for a loaner - so you can update it yourself).

Additionally, I'd avoid that power supply you picked. CoolerMaster only has a few good models, and Elite Powers aren't one of them. Good budget options include Antec's VP-450 and Earthwatt models, Corsair's latest CX series (although I hear their European customer service is horrible), and pretty much anything from XFX.
December 29, 2012 7:09:28 PM

Your I3 processor will hold more value for re-sale than your Gt 610... when you have the money for a Quad CPU... upgrade.

a GTX460 for at $100 us is good for a few more years of performance...
December 29, 2012 7:59:19 PM

Sorry, Ive just realised I made a mistake, im getting an intel core i5 3470, not 60
December 29, 2012 8:12:31 PM

mousseng said:
Sidestepping the GPU topic, you may or may not need a loaner CPU for your motherboard - it's got an H61 chipset, which is 1 generation older than your CPU. If it doesn't come with the latest BIOS updates, then it won't work with your processor (hence the need for a loaner - so you can update it yourself).

Additionally, I'd avoid that power supply you picked. CoolerMaster only has a few good models, and Elite Powers aren't one of them. Good budget options include Antec's VP-450 and Earthwatt models, Corsair's latest CX series (although I hear their European customer service is horrible), and pretty much anything from XFX.

Beginner here, loaner?
December 29, 2012 8:21:16 PM

Ironsounds said:
Your I3 processor will hold more value for re-sale than your Gt 610... when you have the money for a Quad CPU... upgrade.

a GTX460 for at $100 us is good for a few more years of performance...

Right, I'll get an i3. Do you recommend any specific models?
Also, why wont it let me edit posts?
December 29, 2012 8:36:29 PM

hello... I3 2120... I3 2130 ? 3.3 or 3.4 Ghz : ) nice CPU
December 30, 2012 1:15:34 PM

Well, I'm not getting a used one, so I'll buy a new one, get a different PSU, get an Intel core i3 3220, and it'll all work out?
December 30, 2012 2:07:51 PM

H77 motherboard needed for ivy...
If you don't have enough $$ for atleast a HD 7770/HD 7850 GPU then don't bother going the i5 route as you'll buying a lambo to drive on a gravel road...might as well buy a horse instead :p 

Go for a good i3 (3220 if you can)
with the budget friendly HD 7770
and an H77 motherboard

Go for a less expensive case to save a bit.
December 30, 2012 2:43:06 PM

songoku619 said:
H77 motherboard needed for ivy...
If you don't have enough $$ for atleast a HD 7770/HD 7850 GPU then don't bother going the i5 route as you'll buying a lambo to drive on a gravel road...might as well buy a horse instead :p 

Go for a good i3 (3220 if you can)
with the budget friendly HD 7770
and an H77 motherboard

Go for a less expensive case to save a bit.

But i've already told you, Ive already got my motherboard. Is there any way I can update it?
December 30, 2012 5:55:13 PM

hello... last poster didn't read the specs on your motherboard... your motherbooard is ivy bridge ready... with F4 bios... so no future upgrade worries for a i5 or i7 upgrade. http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-po... . I like your motherboard choice and brand. The price is Right...

I'm sorry but i'm used to buying used video cards that are 2 generations old on Ebay for performance vs cost... i have 2 Gtx 460 1 Gig bought used... still running 1-2 years after purchase.
December 30, 2012 6:26:02 PM

Ironsounds said:
hello... last poster didn't read the specs on your motherboard... your motherbooard is ivy bridge ready... with F4 bios... so no future upgrade worries for a i5 or i7 upgrade. http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/cpu-support-po... . I like your motherboard choice and brand. The price is Right...

I'm sorry but i'm used to buying used video cards that are 2 generations old on Ebay for performance vs cost... i have 2 Gtx 460 1 Gig bought used... still running 1-2 years after purchase.

Phew. Thanks! You saved me a lot of angry-ness there!

Thats ok, you have your ways and I have mine. I don't prefer old parts.
December 30, 2012 6:38:52 PM

Stick with the i5..but i suggest you try and return the motherboard because it will really limit your options to upgrade..here is a build for your budget..a 6670 will be plenty for casual gaming..or if you want to go the nvidia way get a gt 640..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/v1rP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/v1rP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/v1rP/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£145.20 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£47.59 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.60 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card (£53.59 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£36.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £392.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 20:36 GMT+0000)
December 30, 2012 6:46:13 PM

PS. I have a revision 2.0 Motherboard, the list you put was for rev. 1 and did not say that the i3 3220 was compatible. Just a heads up on that.
December 30, 2012 7:07:10 PM

hello... the difference is HD graphics 2000 and 2500 on chip... get the i3 2120 then... but im sure it will work... their list needs updated?... i just built machine with that board and i3 2120... last month for someone... you don't need to worry about the on chip graphics... cause you are using a exterior graphics card... I never suggested getting a i3 3220 if you look at earlier posts.

I repeat my suggstions... i3 2120 3.3ghz or i3 2130 3.4ghz or i3 2100 3.1ghz

Did you locate a place where it is cheaper getting the 3220 vs the 2120? or did someone jumping into our posts get ya Confused agian? ; )
December 30, 2012 8:00:15 PM

GeekyKid said:
PS. I have a revision 2.0 Motherboard, the list you put was for rev. 1 and did not say that the i3 3220 was compatible. Just a heads up on that.


Ironsounds said:
hello... the difference is HD graphics 2000 and 2500 on chip... get the i3 2120 then... but im sure it will work... their list needs updated?... i just built machine with that board and i3 2120... last month for someone... you don't need to worry about the on chip graphics... cause you are using a exterior graphics card... I never suggested getting a i3 3220 if you look at earlier posts.

I repeat my suggstions... i3 2120 3.3ghz or i3 2130 3.4ghz or i3 2100 3.1ghz

Did you locate a place where it is cheaper getting the 3220 vs the 2120? or did someone jumping into our posts get ya Confused agian? ; )

Sorry, ive gone for the 3120 just cant find a place to get it. I'll make an updated list in a new post ( for some reason I cant edit posts. )
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