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...I know gaming and college don't mix well, but I'm leaving for college soon and want to put together a new desktop for the occasion. My laptop gave up on me and it's not worth the trouble to repair (gpu is out. selling the rest of the parts.)

ANYWAY! This is my first build ever, so I'm coming to the wise OCN body to help...

I'm trying to keep a tight budget with as much power as I can squeak out (as everyone.) This build is from TOTAL SCRATCH minus a mouse, so if I'm missing any pieces, please let me know. (Like cables... I'm unsure what I'll get and what I'll need to buy separate...)

I'm looking to do some mid-range to high-end gaming on this PC (I play Starcraft II, recently ran through Portal 2, and have gotten into League of Legends lately,) as well as the basic music and movies. I don't need to play everything on OMGMAXXXED settings, but smooth framerates with decent graphics would be nice. Any tips/suggestions would be appreciated, as I'm a relative noob when it comes to building.

Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition -$129.99

ASUS M4N68T-M V2 -$0.00 (Comes with cpu)

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 -$39.99

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis -$59.99

Western Digital Caviar 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -$26.99 (Recert.)

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 -$114.99

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W -$39.99

Acer V193WEJb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD -$99.99

ASUS DVD Burner -$20.99

Logitech K270 Wireless Keyboard -$29.99 (I don't need a fancy gaming keyboard.)

Windows 7 - $0-30 (Definitely willing to go Vista or XP though.)

Total: ~$570-600

If there's anything I'm overkill on, and could shave off some $$$ for my needs, let me know. On the flip side, if I'm underestimating something, I'd appreciate knowing that too.

P.S. I've never really attempted, but I'm willing (and would like to,) try to OC what I can to safe levels, if it'll save money... and just for performance-reasons.
Edited by Intricate09 - 5/6/11 at 1:39pm
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I do believe that the motherboard and processor you selected are incompatible, you'd need a LGA 1155-capable motherboard. I suggest an ASrock for budget builds.

Do you plan to overclock?
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I do. I'm inexperienced with it, but there are so many guides on here (as well as floating around the web,) that I figure I'll give it a shot with this fresh build. New beginnings, eh?

What about this mobo?

ASRock H61M-S LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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That would be a great mobo if you didn't plan to overclock. Sandy Bridge processors have two mobo types (currently) out in the market.

H67 allows use of the internal graphics on the processor, but allows no overclocking. P67 allows overclocking, but no use of the internal graphics.

For a P67 price-per-performance board, that is overclockable, I'd suggest either this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157230

or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128487

Unfortunately they are more expensive than H67 boards.
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I recommend Phenom II...a quad core for close to the same price

Phenom II x4 955

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3

EDIT-actually, you may save money with an AMD build
Edited by NFL - 5/3/11 at 12:30am
    
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Originally Posted by Scytus View Post
That would be a great mobo if you didn't plan to overclock. Sandy Bridge processors have two mobo types (currently) out in the market.

H67 allows use of the internal graphics on the processor, but allows no overclocking. P67 allows overclocking, but no use of the internal graphics.

For a P67 price-per-performance board, that is overclockable, I'd suggest either this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157230

or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128487

Unfortunately they are more expensive than H67 boards.
Quite a bit more, too, unfortunately. Hopefully the performance gain from OC'ing outweighs that. Updated the OP to reflect the build change.

Still need to push that price down a little, so any corners I can cut...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583

Would allow you to xfire in the future as well as upgrade cpu to a 2500k down the road and allow a little more future proofing. The one you picked 2nd is the right socket, but a little light on features. Also, microatx really limits expansion card slots.

If you want to go amd, a 555 BE can likely be unlocked to quad core, or w/e number the 3 core be is called as well and have at least 3 cores if yours turns out to be a dud (I think unlock rate is about 65% for 555s)

Oh, and you CANNOT overclock the cpu you have picked. Only 2500k and 2600k.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NFL View Post
I recommend Phenom II...a quad core for close to the same price

Phenom II x4 955

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3

EDIT-actually, you may save money with an AMD build
I agree


The amd Phenom or x4 to me is the better option over a i3.
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I'd switch that CPU to an AMD of some sort, better bang for the buck unless you get one of the K-edition Sandy Bridges.

Also check the marketplace here for good deals -- was the main reason I signed up here.
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I recommend Phenom II...a quad core for close to the same price

EDIT-actually, you may save money with an AMD build
I'm interested... I originally did want to go AMD.

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Originally Posted by indigo995 View Post
Also check the marketplace here for good deals -- was the main reason I signed up here.
Yeah, I'll certainly poke around the web for lower prices. Just trying to gage things right now. :3
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