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Old December 3, 2011, 07:25 AM
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Hi, I'm new here. So, i was gonna build a PC bcoz my other Intel Pentium PC is very faulty and outdated.
Here are my specs.
Motherboard: Asrock P67 Extreme 4
Processor: Intel i5 2400 (3.1GHz) 6MB
GFX Card: Asus 6870 1GB GDDR5 256-bit OR EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB 1GB GDDR5 192-bit
Optical Drive: Pre-owned LiteOn Optical Drive
RAM: Sniper 8gb 1600 (12800CL9D-SR2) 2x4
Case: Thermaltake Armor A60
HDD: 1.5TB Western Digital 64mb 7200rpm
Monitor: 23" HP Ultra-thin LED monitor
Power supply: iMaster Pro 500w (550w-650w)
Sound Card: Creative SB Audigy Value 7.1
all other miscellaneous parts like keyboards and such will be decided by me.
i only wanted to know if there's any incompatibility with my custom PC.
thnx for helping! (if you do!)






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Old December 3, 2011, 07:36 AM
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Get a H67 motherboard instead if you're going with the Core i5 2400, the P67 motherboard is great if you want to overclock a Core i5 2500K/Core i7 2600K but with your processor and a P67 motherboard, you completely lose the functionality of your IGP. Since you're not overclocking or anything, I strongly suggest getting cheaper RAMs, Value RAMs works just fine for this build.

If that monitor is a TN panel model, get a Dell Ultrasharp IPS instead. Do not skimp on a cheap PSU, get something like a Corsair CX500. If you have made alterations based on my recommendations and there is some left in your budget, consider getting a small SSD as a boot drive.
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Old December 3, 2011, 08:06 AM
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I'll second that idea of don't skimp on power supply. You don't want a bad power supply damaging other parts.

Plus a good power supply can be used on a future build, quite "future proof".
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Old December 3, 2011, 07:53 PM
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Get a H67 motherboard instead if you're going with the Core i5 2400, the P67 motherboard is great if you want to overclock a Core i5 2500K/Core i7 2600K but with your processor and a P67 motherboard, you completely lose the functionality of your IGP. Since you're not overclocking or anything, I strongly suggest getting cheaper RAMs, Value RAMs works just fine for this build.

If that monitor is a TN panel model, get a Dell Ultrasharp IPS instead. Do not skimp on a cheap PSU, get something like a Corsair CX500. If you have made alterations based on my recommendations and there is some left in your budget, consider getting a small SSD as a boot drive.
I'll second the mobo, RAM and PSU opinion here, if not OC'ing then you really don't need anything more than this.

On the monitor, This is personal choice, I have one of these IPS panels and they are SWEET, BUT, only if you can justify the cost. And they aren't quite as smooth for gaming as a TN panel (though they are far from bad too)
Personally if your monitor doesn't bother you in viewing angles etc then I wouldn't bother.

Get a larger GPU if you can afford it, GTX 560TI / 6870 as a minimum for 1920 x 1080, and should be easily affordable with any saving you made else-where.

SSD if you want really quick boot times, if not don't bother.

On-board sound should be ok.. not worth getting a budget sound card for IMO.. if it's not good enough then invest in a decent card (you'll need decent speakers / headphone to get the benifit of a decent card anyway.

In summary, save on the Motherboard, ram, soundcard and get the cheapest monitor you can(for the size) if going for a TN panel.
Then you can get better PSU and graphics card. And possibly an SSD if you can stretch or want one.

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It will all work as listed, however, there are a few things I would change.

1. As mentioned above, if your not going to overclock then save a few $ and get an H67 board.
2. Don't bother with a sound card. Onboard sound is fine for 99% of people now and majority of people don't bother (it is better than many older sound cards).
3. If you can swing a few more dollars for a video card (money saved above) get a gtx 560 or even better a gtx 560Ti
4. Most important...get a quality power supply. Find a 550-650w (500w if you stick with a gtx 550Ti or hd 6850 graphics card) that is decent quality. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, and XFX are a few solid brand choices to look for.
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Old December 4, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Ditch the ASsRock board for a decent H67 board from Gigabyte or ASUS. GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 would be my recommendation.
Corsair power supply instead of that generic. Will be much better in the long run and probably won't die and kill other components.
Change the ASUS 6870 for a Diamond 6950 (NCIX has for like $50 more), and flash with the 6970 BIOS.
With the hard drive prices (and I assume that drive you chose is the WD Caviar Black), go with a used SSD or look elsewhere for an HDD.
The onboard sound card will be plenty good. Either go with an X-Fi Titanium/better, or stick with onboard.
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That's a z68 board? (GA-Z68A-D3H-B3)
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Old December 5, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Default tables, i mean parts have changed.

changes are:
Motherboard: MSI Z68MA-G45
same gfx card, hdd, case and cpu.
RAM: 4gb Vengeance (Z4GX3M1A1600C9/B) 4x1 (x2) or (x4) ;)
Heatsink: CoolerMaster Vortex PLUS cpu fan
Monitor: 23 LG E2360V LED HDMI 1920x1080
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550w
and also, can you guys please rate my build x/5 or x/10?
that would be very nice... thanks!!
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Old December 5, 2011, 11:01 AM
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I like this build for the price. I am not a fan of anything LG makes though, switch that screen for a Samsung...does not have to be IPS...so as is 3.5/5 make it a Samsung and I'd say 4/5.

Confused on your RAM choice...are you putting a total of 8 gigs? 2*4Gig?? If so, good, that will be plenty for a while. Also, I'd probably pick the 6870 over the 550 Ti. I prefer NVidia, but at that level the 6870 wins in my eyes.

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Old December 5, 2011, 09:08 PM
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z 68 board is wasted here I think, h67 would be fine and the cooler is not needed, both allow you some more budget towards other things.

With your ram; get 2X4 GB (8GB kit)

If you can squeeze it, bump up to a 560TI. Mine struggles a little bit on some titles with everything max at that resolution. Would suggest it as a minimum card *IF* you can afford it. (hopefully a cheaper board and no custom cpu cooler will help)

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