View Full Version : I'm new here need suggestions

04-23-2012, 04:44 PM
I've decided I wanted to build my own gaming pc but I don't know which hardware to go with. My budget is around $500-$600 don't know if that's enough to work with but that's it. hope I can get some help. :)

04-24-2012, 11:07 AM
Here is the hardware I picked out:
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I already have a harddrive and a optical drive so I'm good with those. Any advice on this build would be happily appreciated. :)

04-24-2012, 11:31 AM
if you are happy with this setup, then I say go for it.................all parts seem good for each other and it's balanced............

buy some thermal paste too put your cooler on with unless it comes with it

This should play games well also, a bonus

04-24-2012, 01:23 PM
Yes I hope it plays games with this build. I'm mainly going to be gaming on this build. I might change the case but I don't think it will hurt anything.

04-24-2012, 02:35 PM
I just noticed that the mobo has 1 pci-e slot. With those parts which mobo would work that has 2 pci-e slots, because I'm planning later on to crossfire with 2 cards.

04-24-2012, 08:11 PM
ahhhh....you been peeking at mine............

lots of MB will work that have two or more PCI slots......the trick is too pick one that has x 16 for #1 slot and x8 for #2 slot.............more money to buy x16 x 16 slots..............Not too worry though as when it reverts to x8 there is not a lot of loss and not noticable...........


these are two good MB's but lots out there

04-24-2012, 11:15 PM
Alright thanks for the tips. I have another question this processor Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD. is a bit pricey for me does anyone another processor that would be good for gaming that's not $209.

04-25-2012, 09:22 AM
i5 2500k is the gaming "sweet spot" but almost any fast quad core will do..........look at the AMD line-up.....even older ones like the AMD965 black is good................but the good thing about the i5 2500k is it's overclockability.............I have mine at 4.5 ghz with air cooling and stable at that speed......You would only save a few dollars with AMD

04-25-2012, 10:19 AM
I was looking up other processors and ill just stay with the i5 its the best for gaming. I'm sorry I'm dragging this post, but I have more questions. The case I'm thinking to get is the zalman z9 plus. The dimensions say 18" by 19". Do you think the card sapphire radeon HD6870 will fit in this case?

04-25-2012, 07:53 PM

case says it takes a 290 mm card 10.3" x 4.4" x 1.5" is the card ......so a little math here.............case will take an 11.6" card

YES.....it will fit

04-25-2012, 10:53 PM
Looks good to me for a $500 build

04-26-2012, 10:11 AM
Thanks for help man. Do you think stock fan for intel i5 without oc will do? should I get a adtermarket cooler?

04-26-2012, 01:10 PM
The stock HSF (heat-sink and fan) should be fine for default CPU speeds, and may be good for a modest OC. Sandy bridge CPUs generally run cooler then previous generation processors because of lower voltage and better design.

I suggest you buy a PCIe 3.0 video card and a motherboard with at least a 3.0 X16 @ X16 and a X16 @ X8 if you are planing on CrossFireX.

CFX for PCIe 3.0 @ X8/X8 has the same bandwidth as PCIe 2.0 @ X16/X16

04-26-2012, 02:42 PM
SAPPHIRE 11201-00-20G Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967) $140 and one of the boards from here. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627+600093976+600176035&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=280&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=)

04-30-2012, 11:03 AM
What about this one?

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

04-30-2012, 02:08 PM
good and not pricey..........ivy bridge is out now and for sale