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My old computer is messed up beyond repair, and I have a bit of experience with computers, so I plan on building my own PC.

I am looking for a build with strong multitasking, and some gaming capabilities (able to run SC2 on high settings, League of Legends on high settings without problems) with a little (and I mean little) bit of video rendering. In terms of budget I'm trying to stay under $750 (this is pretty much the budget and I don't want to push it), but I can go as high as $850 if a really good deal is offered.

Any suggestions on the build I have below are greatly appreciated, so please try to take a look and add a small amount of advice if possible. Thanks.

All prices have been researched (I am taking advantage of memory express' price matching offer) so only look at the price I have posted below for reference).

Case - $60 - Coolermaster Gladiator 600

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...24967(ME).aspx

Processor - $120 - I3-540

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...27088(ME).aspx

Motherboard – $100 - Asus Micro ATX

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...27095(ME).aspx

Ram - $65 - 6gb G Skill

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...33247(ME).aspx

Hard Drive - $55 - 500gb WD Caviar Black

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...31503(ME).aspx

Video Card - $110 - Radeon 5750 Vapor X

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...26754(ME).aspx

Monitor - $150 - Asus 21.5" 1900x1080

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product....aspx?curtab=2

PSU - $50 - Corsair 500w

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...32938(ME).aspx

Total - $710 + Tax

-Raykorin
post #2 of 8
You don't need triple channel ram.
Also, you may want to consider quad core, on some games and probably most future games, it'll make a difference.
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For the most part, it looks good. But you have a H55 board, it uses Dual Channel. Pick up a dual channel kit, 2x2 gb 1600mhz and you should be good
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Thanks for the help guys, but are you saying that the mobo can't even utilize triple channel? Also I was considering moving one step up to i5 ($190) - http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...27086(ME).aspx
What do you guys think?

-Raykorin
post #5 of 8
Well the motherboard only has 4 slots, which means it's dual channel. You can still put 3 sticks in I think, but you don't need 6 GB of ram for casual gaming.

The i5 will help because of your "little video rendering" and SC2 is usually bottlenecked by the CPU.

It's too bad Memory Express doesn't stock Samsung hard drives.
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Thanks for the help guys, but are you saying that the mobo can't even utilize triple channel? Also I was considering moving one step up to i5 ($190) - http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...27086(ME).aspx
What do you guys think?

-Raykorin
If you were to put a triple channel in, if I remember correctly it would get set to single channel.
post #7 of 8
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Dang, well is there a large discrepancy between dual and triple channel, or will I be ok with 4-6gb of dual channel?
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Dang, well is there a large discrepancy between dual and triple channel, or will I be ok with 4-6gb of dual channel?
No real difference.

You will be fine with 4/8GB ram. Unless there are 3 GB sticks or you use 2 + 4
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