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#1 ILoveSwift92

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:09 PM

Hello guys I just registered to this site because I need help. Very soon I am going to have to build a computer for gaming so i did my basic research on what parts are compatible with each other. I went to tigerdirect.com and I have picked out all the parts and will be ordering them very soon. I'll write down what parts i chose and I want to hear from you guys any beneficial alternates that will save me money. Also I want to know if they are compatible with each other.

1) Motherboard - S458-1353: ECS H55H-CM - Intel H55, Socket LGA1156, DDR3, PCIe 84.99

2) CPU - Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz. LGA 1156, 4MB L3 Cache, Dual-Core w/fan
For the CPU I'm wondering if it's necessary to get a icore i3 because i see regular dual cores with higher GHz for cheaper. Is icore faster because its newer technology even with the lower GHz? (Won't be going to quad-core since im mainly going to play Starcraft 2.) 119.99

3) GPU - EVGA Geforce GTS 450, 1gb GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 DX11, minimum 400
of 400 watt needed 129.99

4) Memory - Corsair Dual Channel DDR3 RAM, PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB, 240 pin 94.99

5) PSU - Apevia 500 - watt, ATX, Dual 80mm LED Fan, Black Aluminum 59.99

6) Case - Cooler Master Elite 335 Black ATX RoHS Case, Mid-tower 45.99

7) Monitor - 20in Acer LCD, 1600 x 900 resolution 129.99

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:02 PM

Questions.

What hard drive?

What is the total budget, are you carrying any parts over?

I got an Apevia power supply with my HTPC case, that PSU did not make it into the build. I would not trust an Apevia any further than I could throw it.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:18 PM

My hard drive is Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500 GB, 7200rpm,16m, SATA - 300 OEM. What brand of PSU would u recommend for me? Preferably a pretty cheap one. The one i chose i saw for really cheap and had pretty good reviews on it so i thought it was good.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:20 PM

Well after i put all the system together i got about 1000 dollars but that is after i added everything including softwares, keyboards, mouse etc. Should i put everything on.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:46 PM

Don't cheap out on a PSU.
This is one of the most important components in your system.
When a PSU fails, it could very well take out every component in your system.
It's not worth the risk.
A couple of quality manufacturers are Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, and SeaSonic.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:10 PM

That's a decent build but you can get more computer for a little less cash, here's an idea:

Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - This is a standard Mid-ATX case. It can hold most graphics cards, but if you want to use the huge graphics cards or use SLI/CrossfireX, you may want to consider a full-ATX case. Be careful with cases as shipping can become very expensive. $49 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 - This is a basic AM3 motherboard using an AMD 8-series chipset. This chipset allows for USB 3.0 and SATA 6. The motherboard takes AM3 CPU's, DDR3-1333 RAM, and can use CrossfireX. Unless you are a hardcore gamer and need to squeeze every last FPS out your GPU in a CrossfireX setup, this is all you really need. Note that AMD and Intel are going to be releasing new CPU's in a few months. AMD's new CPU's use the AM3+ socket, however, due to the new design of their CPU's, AM3+ CPU's will not work in any AM3 motherboard. However, AM3 CPU's will work on AM3+ motherboards. $99 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - This CPU is much more powerful than the i3 CPU you have chosen, even in real-world gaming. This is a Black Edition CPU with the multiplier unlocked for easy overclocking. If you want a less expensive alternative, the AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz is worthy of a look. It has the speed of the i3 CPU you chose, but also two more cores in case you need them. None of the Athlon II's are Black Edition. $149

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a single stick of DDR3 4GB RAM, which is enough for most users. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system to run 4GB or more of RAM $89

Graphics Card: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - This graphics card is roughly equal to the one you have chosen. If you have the cash, I would go for the MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5830 1GB as it is more powerful than either card. Both cards use DirectX 11 and have EyeFinity. $139 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W - This will easily handle everything in the case, it may even have the heft to allow for SLI/CrossfireX. This is a very good power supply and get high marks. You can also consider, Corsair, Silverstone, Seasonic, PC Power, and Thermaltake power supplies. $69 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB - This should be enough for most users. $59

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - A basic drive is all you need. $17

Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" 1920x1080 Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers - This is a 1080p monitor which has an LED backlight. The LED backlight is one of the selling points as it allows for deeper blacks (Higher contrast) and less energy being used. It also has HDMI built-in. Asus is making some excellent monitors. $169

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need this to run your PC. $99

Grand Total: $946 (Before rebates, shipping, and taxes)

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#7 ILoveSwift92

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:51 AM

are the above spec comp found in tigerdirect.com? It looks really good !

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:01 PM

From the list above, I would change the power supply to the Antec BP550.
OCZ has a shady history. They literally ran from state to state to avoid prosecution. I will not be buying or recommending any of their products anymore.
Just search "rebate" on any of their products and you will see unhappy customers who have either not received it or had their rebate denied.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:14 PM

Thank you for the heads up !

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 01:05 PM

ok ill close this thread now thanks guys




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