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My new Pc ..

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by matchiz, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. matchiz

    matchiz Member

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    I'm trying to build a new PC, My goals are;

    1. Watch 3D movies.
    2. Play Max Resolution (or close to) Games in 3D
    3. Play Max resolution games I.E. Star Wars The Old Republic, Period.
    4. Be able to run Pro tools, After Effects and Premiere Smoothly.

    I recently purchased a few peices and am putting them together, I was wondering If I could get some feedback as to wether this configuration is going to work or if I need to upgrade or replace certain peices, Thanks.

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    NEW BUILD:

    OS : None Purchased yet.
    VIDEO CARD : EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Dual DVI/HDMI
    MOTHERBOARD : M452-6208 MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Socket LGA1155 MB
    CPU: I69-0212 Intel Core i3-2120 3.3Ghz LGA1155 CPU
    RAM : A206-5800 ADATA PREMIER SERIES 4GB DDR3 1333MHZ DESKTOP
    DVD DRIVE : O451-1030 OEM Sony Optiarc 24X DVDRW SATA OEM
    CHASIS: Thermaltake V2 Mid Tower ATX Case
    HDD : TSD-1000AS6 SY Seagate 1TB LP Serial ATA HD 5900/32MB/SATA-3G
    PSU : Corsair TX850W 850W Power Supply

    Thanks again.
     
  2. Estuansis

    Estuansis Active member

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    Looks pretty decent but...

    But the power supply is way overkill for that system. Go for a cheaper PSU like the 650TX or similar. It really doesn't take much wattage to run a system. You could easily get away with some of the better 380-400W units and have power to spare, especially with a single video card. You had the right idea though picking a good brand.

    Also, MSI has a rather bad track record for failures. I would recommend a Gigabyte motherboard but that's personal opinion really. I would definitely recommend a better chipset though. H61 doesn't have very good power management then add an unreliable MSI board that already has power management issues and it's a ticking timebomb waiting to happen. Use the money saved from the PSU to get a better motherboard as that's the most important piece of the system for everything from reliability to upgrades to overclocking. Anything with the H67 chipset would be a large improvement. Conversely, if you got a Gigabyte motherboard, you could probably get away with H61 anyway due to Gigabyte simply being better quality than most other brands.

    I would also say get a better CPU, especially if you plan to game. I know budget is an issue, trust me man I have been there. But games these days really need a quad core to run smoothly. The games don't care so much about clockspeed/GHz as they do about having at LEAST 4 cores. It's kind of confusing, but basically even the most barebones modern quad core will stomp a modern high-end dual core in games. Even if the dual core has better technology.

    Also I would seriously consider a different hard drive. The one you chose is a 5900RPM "Green" drive meant for saving power while using several at a time. It is not really made with the purpose of installing an OS on it and it WILL run Windows slowly compared to other drives. You really want a 7200RPM drive if you plan to put Windows on it. Also, I'd try to avoid Seagate drives lately. They have recently made changes to their manufacturing and have quite literally dropped their quality.

    Hate to burst your bubble but I don't even think the video card is up to it. If you were playing games normally, just the mobo, HDD, and CPU would need to be changed. Running games in 3D cuts your performance in half though, so depending on your resolution you might need a more powerful card to pull it off smoothly. I think it would be a really good idea to save your money a bit and wait until you can build a slightly beefier rig.

    To be fair, you could probably just squeeze by using the CPU you picked, but it would still be better to have a quad in the long run.
     
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  3. matchiz

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    Wow, thanks man. I appreciate all the input, Since I posted this any number of issues have gone wrong, So many things have shorted, Fried or just plain didn't work. So, I'm going Back To square one.

    Can you help me out though Is this a good/great/AMAZING MotherBoard ?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=353599&Sku=G452-0144

    (GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard)

    I've also already upgraded the CPU to an I5 2500K

    Downgraded the PSU to a 600 Watt

    I'm going to keep the graphics card for just a second till I can afford the amazing one, BTW, any suggestions on this ?

    And I'm looking to replace the HDD, Is Westen Digital A good company to go with ??

    Thanks, I love this site, you guys F***** rock.
     
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    Yep you basically hit the nail on the head. That motherboard is awesomazingtastic lol. But seriously Gigabyte boards have a lot of advantages over other brands. Durability, reliability and ease-of-use mainly. They use better quality parts and manufacturing. Not to say they are the ONLY good brand but lately they seem to be the smart choice.

    That is an excellent CPU and the one I would recommend. It's quite a bit more expensive but it's insanely fast as well. It's a good match to the Gigabyte motherboard.

    Remember that the PSU needs to be a good brand. If it's a 600W Corsair then that's perfect.

    As far as the video card yes the GTX560 is pretty capable, it's seriously not a bad card. The curse of running 3D is that it's basically an nVidia-only feature, so any faster card that can run 3D will have to be another nVidia. A decent option for great performance would be to get an identical GTX560 and SLI them. A 600W PSU could easily handle it and they would be monster fast.

    Absolutely, Western Digital is one of the few good quality brands left.

    6 years of membership and counting :)

    But yeah you basically got it in the first shot. If you make these changes that would be a very wicked gaming rig. You would obviously need things like fans in the case and and maybe proper CPU cooler if you ever wanted to overclock, but I figure you got that covered.
     
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