Will this build work?

cakekindel

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This is first fully custom PC build and I'd like it to work. Also, some GPU OCing would be nice :)

i3-2100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO

Gigabyte MicroATX Intel Mobo
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PX3UYA

GeForce GTS 250
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003RH09AY

Cooler Master 500W
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK

Corsair 4GB Ram
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZDJ42O

I have an enhanced IDE in the closet that I'll use till I can get a decent external, so I'm good on HD space.
I'd like to do some light gaming with this build, just 3 games initially; Portal 2, DiRT 3, and Minecraft. I've looked at videos online and it looks promising, especially for only 290 bucks :D

Thanks in advance;
~Constellation
 

cakekindel

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http://www.hwcompare.com/10895/geforce-gts-250-1gb-vs-radeon-hd-6670-oem-1gb/
 

scottiemedic

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I wouldn't recommend an IDE to SATA adapter for 2 reasons:

1. They only seem to have a 50% chance of actually working. Been many threads that people can't get the HD to boot after using one.

2. You're seriously crippling yourself from the get go by having SATA 2 controllers and a hard drive that can run 133mbps. SATA 2 can go 3gbps. So your computer is still going to feel slow due to a bottlenecked hard drive that can't keep up.

My $.02
 

cakekindel

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Thanks, really helpful :) I've already broken the budget, so unless I am able to sell the old parts that were in the Dell Dimension 2400 case that I;m using for this build, which I doubt, then I'll have to stick with the shitty one till I can buy a better SATA II
Much appreciated, though.
 

Graphite946

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Don't use that IDE drive you have in the closet, stick to SATA.


That GPU isn't worth it, look into spending a little more for something like a 6770.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540

Would be perfect for your i3, and will run all of your games nicely.

edit: just saw you were running out of budget...Don't spend the 60 on that GPU, just use your integrated graphics until you can save 40$ more for that GPU I posted above.
 

cakekindel

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So you're saying ditch the GTS and get a HDD instead, then save up for a 6770?

And @amuffin hwcompare's fake? Damnit XD
 

cakekindel

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Awesome, and if all goes well, everything plugs in right and works?
 

cakekindel

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Awesome, thank you all! One more thing - is it possible to make a hackintosh without anything but a working mac and another computer you want to turn into? (Including an external or dvd rom of course)
 

scottiemedic

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You need to make sure the hardware you use is Hackintosh-able. Here's a link to the wiki (OSx86), they have complete lists of hardware people have used and what kext you'll need to make them work. It's a little hard to follow, since they have it seperated by each update, but you'll get the point of it!! Good luck (I had a Dell 1525 Hackintoshed and it was a pain to set up the first time, but ran sooo nice til my HD died!!)

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
 

cakekindel

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you're a ******* beast. Thank you so much.
 

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