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First PC Build Seeking Advice


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zorathur

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This is my first attempt at building a PC. I am aiming for a budget gaming rig and wanted the advice of an experienced builder.

Will these parts work together?
Can I expect current games to run at around 30fps with at least 1024x768 resolution and medium-ish graphics settings?

I would gladly take advice on a part replacement if one of these lack reliability.

~CPU: Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115221

~Motherboard: ASRock P55 PRO/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157203

~RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231180

~Video-card: GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI Rev2.0 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

~Power: Diablotek PHD Series PHD650 650W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817822004

~DVD: ASUS DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN Black 18X IDE DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135201

~Hard Drive: HP PV944UT 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822332091

~Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119203

Edited by zorathur, 22 January 2011 - 10:42 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Firstly, Socket 1156 is dead in the water. Look at the Intel Socket 1155 range instead.
Secondly why are you putting a DVD-ROM in the machine? Would a DVD Writer not be better?
Thirdly, the price difference between 160Gb and bigger hard drives closes every day. You may as well look at a minimum of 320Gb or 500Gb.
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zorathur

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Would the 1156 work though? I looked at some of the 1155 socket motherboards and they seem more expensive(obviously they are more current). I'm over the budget I set as is.

Do you think this would make do until I could slowly buy parts and pieces for a newer computer?

Edited by zorathur, 23 January 2011 - 10:52 AM.

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It'll work, but there'll be no upgrade route later on. Socket 1155 is brand new. There'll be upgrades for it processor wise. If you go for 1156 and you want to upgrade, you will need to replace the board and the processor.
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I've completely scraped the previous build in favor of a cheaper build. Pretty much the same question, will it work? If so I'm sticking with it.

DVD:Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827118039

Case:COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119047

HD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3160813AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148397

Mobo:BIOSTAR A780L AM2+/AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813138285

Video Card:ZOTAC ZT-98GEY3G-FSL GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813138285

Power:Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371035

Memory:A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD2U800B1G5-DRH
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211066

CPU:AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD785ZWCJ2BGH - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103677

CPU Cooler:ARCTIC COOLING ACALP64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835186035
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(sorry if any bad english)
Motherboard, IMO Biostar sucks, And do you seriously want a micro atx?
I sugest
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Powersuply, whilst that may do for this build (just..) you should get a 600 - 700 watt power suply for futer upgrades and to make sure all is good,
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
is not bad and cheaper, unless you are trying to save power dont get a earhtwatts power suply cause its a watse.

Hard Drive, .....these days you need atleast 450GB.. 600gb-1tb is optimal.
Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM(Memory): 2GB Seriously? Go for 4ish
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3K2/4G
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
You don't need 1600 (only 1300) or the low lattency (8-8-8-24 or something or other all you need is 9-9-9-24)

CPU: I Chose normal AMD CPUS not black editions cause you need to sort out your motherboard (Thats Quite a Old CPU)
AMD Athlon II X2 265 Regor 3.3GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX265OCGMBOX
AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX645WFGMBOX
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

Fan should be right unless overclocking

Case is fine

DVD Drive is fine

Graphics Card...... You need a bitt beter graphics card like a
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
mabye a bit lower but the late 4000 or 5000 loe mid 5000 series
Dont buy power colour cause they are horrible

that should be right....

Like evrything don't rush if you want a computer that can play games that have come out in the last 12 months and low - medium graphics in the future this is good if you dont have this kind of money now then save and dont rush otherwise you may end up wasting money

anyway goodluck ^^

oh heat may be a problem so put in a somewhat open space or near a window and have fresh air circulation in your room (open windows, aircon, fan) should do that case may be cramped

Edited by HorikitaMayuki, 06 February 2011 - 08:34 AM.

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Hi zorathur.

If you give us a budget. go as high as you can, we will try to get you a system that is as upgradeable as possible.

You have not mentioned an OS. If you own a retail OS? any flavour, you can use it in a new build, IF you have a system with a pre installed OS, like Dell or HP, or custom build with an OEM pack, it is not transferable to a new build and you will have to buy a new one.

Let us know what you think.
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