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What do you think of this build?
07-23-2011, 04:28 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-23-2011, 04:29 PM by Newcat.)
#1
What do you think of this build?
Never built a PC before, so just want to get some confirmation that this will all be compatible, and that there are no better options before I pull the trigger.

(DVD drive - $20) ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD

(Case - $70) Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

(HDD - 1 TB - $60) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

(GFX - $175) SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

(PSU - $55) Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

(RAM - $30) G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

(MB - $100) BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

(CPU - $125)Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

total: $645

This is all tier 3 except for the motherboard that I upgraded a bit. This will be a 100% gaming rig. Budget is $700~. Is this even worth getting or should I just wait until I can spend like 1500?
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07-23-2011, 04:38 PM,
#2
RE: What do you think of this build?
No. It's definitely worth it. It should be able to play most games at max settings at 1080p.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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07-23-2011, 04:45 PM,
#3
RE: What do you think of this build?
I'm just curious as to why you've upgraded the motherboard?

There's no reason to go with a Z68 motherboard (which allows for overclocking and onboard GPU usage) if you go with a completely locked Core i3-2100.

Other than that, you're good to go.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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07-23-2011, 04:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-23-2011, 04:51 PM by Newcat.)
#4
RE: What do you think of this build?
Not sure really, had some extra budget money to spend and it seemed like a nice upgrade for $25 more. (my inexperience shows right here lol)

Thanks for the fast replies guys.

Also, i've been using XP for the past forever. Would you reccomend Windows 7 for this?
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07-23-2011, 05:00 PM,
#5
RE: What do you think of this build?
Windows 7 is the way to go for compatibility with video card drivers, recent games, etc. The OEM (for system builders like you) Home Premium version goes for $100 or so, there's a link to it in the article.

If you have extra money to spend, here's what I'd consider, in the following order:

CPU upgrade +$85: A Core i5-2500 will improve performance right away and will be much more future-proof than the Core i3-2100, thanks to the its quad-core nature.

Consider the Core i5-2500K (Unlocked multiplier) if you intend to overclock in the future.

RAM Upgrade: +$28: 2x4GB (8GB). Not necessary at the moment, but a wise upgrade to make your PC more future-proof.

CPU Cooler: ~$30 A Corsair A50 or a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus will considerably drop the temperature of your processor and will be less noisy than the stock Intel CPU Cooler.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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07-23-2011, 05:00 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-23-2011, 05:00 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: What do you think of this build?
Yes for Windows 7, XP is over 10 years old and is an outdated operating system.
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07-23-2011, 05:11 PM,
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RE: What do you think of this build?
(07-23-2011, 05:00 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Windows 7 is the way to go for compatibility with video card drivers, recent games, etc. The OEM (for system builders like you) Home Premium version goes for $100 or so, there's a link to it in the article.

If you have extra money to spend, here's what I'd consider, in the following order:

CPU upgrade +$85: A Core i5-2500 will improve performance right away and will be much more future-proof than the Core i3-2100, thanks to the its quad-core nature.

Consider the Core i5-2500K (Unlocked multiplier) if you intend to overclock in the future.

RAM Upgrade: +$28: 2x4GB (8GB). Not necessary at the moment, but a wise upgrade to make your PC more future-proof.

CPU Cooler: ~$30 A Corsair A50 or a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus will considerably drop the temperature of your processor and will be less noisy than the stock Intel CPU Cooler.

I'm just gonna pick up the cooler and i think i'll be good from there. As long as this can play games with no/few problems in the next couple years, i'm super happy. I'm not afraid of upgrading in the future. In fact i'm kind of looking forward to it, as I see building PCs quickly becoming a hobby of mine.
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07-23-2011, 05:46 PM,
#8
RE: What do you think of this build?
Considering that the Core i3-2100 only has a 65W TDP and outputs relatively little heat, the stock cooler for it is probably just fine. I'd get the extra RAM personally.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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07-25-2011, 09:24 AM,
#9
RE: What do you think of this build?
I have to agree with the 8gb of ram... Never thought it necessary until I got it. Now I will never go back!
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07-26-2011, 04:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-26-2011, 04:15 PM by Newcat.)
#10
RE: What do you think of this build?
(07-23-2011, 05:00 PM)MathieuB Wrote: If you have extra money to spend, here's what I'd consider, in the following order:

CPU upgrade +$85: A Core i5-2500 will improve performance right away and will be much more future-proof than the Core i3-2100, thanks to the its quad-core nature.

Consider the Core i5-2500K (Unlocked multiplier) if you intend to overclock in the future.

RAM Upgrade: +$28: 2x4GB (8GB). Not necessary at the moment, but a wise upgrade to make your PC more future-proof.

CPU Cooler: ~$30 A Corsair A50 or a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus will considerably drop the temperature of your processor and will be less noisy than the stock Intel CPU Cooler.


So after hours of research I decided get all of that. Also did the MB upgrade, PSU upgrade to 620W, and a better case (COOLER MASTER HAF 922). Also got a cheap ($99) 20" lcd monitor. Can't wait till I get to play some games on this thing lol. Thank you all for your help.

BTW, I don't know a thing about overclocking. I'll do some google searches, but can someone briefly explain what it does and how to do it?
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