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Hey everyone,
This is my first actual post on here but I've found so much of information from doing research on this website, so I'm pretty close to ordering this rig and getting it going. I'd appreciate any all comments/criticism, be brutally honest with me tongue.gif

This is going to be 90% for gaming, the other usage will be for easy, little stuff like Office, Quickbooks, blah blah blah.
I've been doing my research trying to compare this build to one a buddy of mine just built that uses a Phenom II X4 960T, and even with it OC'd it sounds like the i3 that I'm looking in to might be better for me anyway?

That having been said this is my build so far:

CASE:
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MOBO:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU:
ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

HSF:
COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

DRIVE:
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X

OS: Win 7

Total: $845.91 before rebates.
If possible I'd like to get that down to $800 before rebates, but I'm not sure if I can. In general though, any thoughts on the build itself would be extremely helpful. Again, be brutally honest. Thanks OCN
Edited by drentz1019 - 3/13/12 at 5:43am
post #2 of 36
Man, this is a great build. Just don't personally like the AsRock, would prefer Asus. But, this build is perfectly fine.
post #3 of 36
I currently own that mobo and love it, great price and works great. i overclocked my cpu on it to 5.2ghz no sweat. The only thing i would change is the hard drive. I know you can find one with more storage and more cache.

Also Rosewill has some really nice cases for cheap. could save a few bucks there if you wanted to. The coolermaster case sure is nice though.
Edited by l3ubba - 3/13/12 at 6:12am
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post #5 of 36
and if you want to get it ~800$ then get a 320GB HDD 60$ and remove the HSF then the cost will be around 812$
Hope that helped thumb.gif
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and if AMD is not a problem then

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ NCIX US)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $587.92
As for GPU go with EVGA GTX480 $40 off w/ promo code EVGA48315, ends 3/15 209.99$
Total 797.91$ SHIPPED
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Main Rig
(21 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz 24/7 MSI P67 GD55 Gigabyte GTX 1070 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB, 3TB HDD, 1TB HDD Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 64bit Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell S2716DG 1440P 144hz Gsync TN Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB 1080p Projector (110") Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition (orange) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Corsair 400R Steelseries Rival Steelseries QCK+ 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DG Astro A40 V Moda Crossfade LP Logitech Z5300 
Audio
Denon 1909 + 7.1 infinity surround 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6 3420 HD 6520G 8GB 500GB 5400RPM 
MonitorKeyboard
15.6" 1366x768 Generic with numberpad 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz 24/7 MSI P67 GD55 Gigabyte GTX 1070 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB, 3TB HDD, 1TB HDD Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 64bit Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell S2716DG 1440P 144hz Gsync TN Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB 1080p Projector (110") Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition (orange) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Corsair 400R Steelseries Rival Steelseries QCK+ 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DG Astro A40 V Moda Crossfade LP Logitech Z5300 
Audio
Denon 1909 + 7.1 infinity surround 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6 3420 HD 6520G 8GB 500GB 5400RPM 
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15.6" 1366x768 Generic with numberpad 
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post #8 of 36
well AsRock is Asustek, just the budget side of ASUS.

its abit expensive for a dual core build. the powersupply, while nice is unecissarily high 400 would do nicely. the sataIII on a mech HD is unecissary as well. that i3 will not beat a 960T, especially if it gets unlocked to a 6-core

Here is my last build, it came to $803 and some change and like 75bucks in rebates and combodeals. you can change the mobo and cpu to intel if you want but doubtful you will get better price after rebates.

Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $70
MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $125
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX $150
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK $45
XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $160
Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $97
Western Digital Scorpio Black wd5000bpkt 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive $100
Rosewill RX-C202 3.5" SATA Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for Dual 2.5" SATA SSD / HDD $23
Rosewill RNX-N250UBE (RNWD-11006) IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 2T2R External 2x 5dBi Antenna Wireless Adapter $20
LITE-ON Internal 24x DVD Burner with Label-tag Feature Black SATA Model ihas524-T06 - OEM $22

This isnt really a OC build, but it does OC nicely. stock fan works fine(and if it ****s up its covered by warranty)
the mobile rack takes up a Floppy disk slot, and lets you hot swap the 2 sata 2.5inch drives, SSD for OS, Western digital black edition for storage.
The Burner is something else, Label tag lets me tag something as its writing the disk, on the writable side.

you should be able to swap the cpu and mobo for an intel build.
Edited by erosmagnum - 3/13/12 at 7:39am
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If you have a MicroCenter nearby, you can pick up the i5-2500k for $180, then get any in-stock Z68 motherboard for $50 off. Just something to consider thumb.gif
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i7-4790k Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X Samsung 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 256GB Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000.D 1TB Cryorig H5 Ultimate 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Microboard M340CLZ HP 2311xi Corsair K70 RGB 
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Samsung 830 256GB Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000.D 1TB Cryorig H5 Ultimate 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Microboard M340CLZ HP 2311xi Corsair K70 RGB 
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post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

and if AMD is not a problem then
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $587.92
As for GPU go with EVGA GTX480 $40 off w/ promo code EVGA48315, ends 3/15 209.99$
Total 797.91$ SHIPPED

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