CRITICIZE my $1000 build!!

I am building a system for someone, and they need the system for gaming, video editing, and moderate photoshop usage. As of right now, this is their system:

-core 2 duo e8200 dual core
-3gb ddr2 667 ram
-320gb hdd 7200 rpm
-ati radeon 2600XT 512MB graphics
-dvd-rw/cd-rw drive

The budget is $1000 and this is what I am considering for the build (all parts from newegg):

-HAF 912 midtower case 59.99
-Silverstone 500w PSU (34A on the 12 rail) 59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061
-AsROCK H61 mobo with sata 6 and usb 3 79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
-Intel Core i5 2400 3.1ghz CPU 189.99
-Xigmatek CPU cooler 24.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233081
-G.Skill 4gb (2 x 2gb kit) RAM 39.99
-22x dvd-rw combo drive REUSED
-320gb HDD REUSED
-INTEL x25-m 80gb SSD 184.99
-Windows 7 Pro x64 REUSED
-Gigabyte RADEON 6850 GPU 179.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
-ASUS 23.6 inch LCD 179.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... :D
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  1. I would drop the SSD and get the I-5 2500K, a P67 mobo (for overclock) and a HD 6870/6950.
  2. Why would dropping the SSD be a good idea? The SSD allows for fast program launches, quicker boot/shutdown times, and a smoother overall windows "flow"..

    IMO, i fail to recognize how a slightly faster CPU and a slightly better GPU would improve performance compared to a reliable SSD.
  3. Nah, Windows is snappy with any HDD and once you are in Windows, a better CPU/video card helps a lot. You don't want that game to load 5 seconds faster you want it to run on higher settings. The 6950 is much faster than the 6850.

    Also there's a new generation of SSD that just showed up, needs time to become cheaper.
  4. I find it hard to criticize your build. It all fits and seems appropriate.

    I love the SSD, and so will your user.

    Nitpicking, I suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb.

    I like the Antec earthwatts a bit better at the same price 37a also:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    If you don't overclock, the stock cooler will be fine.

    If you use an aftermarket cooler, the reason is to keep noise down when the cpu runs full out.
    A cooler with a 92mm fan will be noisy, so look for a cooler with a large 120mm fan, such as the CM hyper212, about $30.
  5. geofelt said:
    I find it hard to criticize your build. It all fits and seems appropriate.

    I love the SSD, and so will your user.

    Nitpicking, I suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb.

    I like the Antec earthwatts a bit better at the same price 37a also:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    If you don't overclock, the stock cooler will be fine.

    If you use an aftermarket cooler, the reason is to keep noise down when the cpu runs full out.
    A cooler with a 92mm fan will be noisy, so look for a cooler with a large 120mm fan, such as the CM hyper212, about $30.


    Thank you for the feedback. I will speak with my client tomorrow and ask if he can extend his budget by an extra $50 to accomodate the extra ram & better CPU cooler! Also, I like the silverstone better because of the single 12v rail. From what I hear, having multiple rails makes it tough to "balance" them with high power GPUs.
  6. YMbyoCMB said:
    Thank you for the feedback. I will speak with my client tomorrow and ask if he can extend his budget by an extra $50 to accomodate the extra ram & better CPU cooler! Also, I like the silverstone better because of the single 12v rail. From what I hear, having multiple rails makes it tough to "balance" them with high power GPUs.


    Single rail vs multi rail is somewhat of a non issue.
    Read this:
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/PSU/
  7. YMbyoCMB said:
    Why would dropping the SSD be a good idea? The SSD allows for fast program launches, quicker boot/shutdown times, and a smoother overall windows "flow"..

    IMO, i fail to recognize how a slightly faster CPU and a slightly better GPU would improve performance compared to a reliable SSD.

    SSD's also cook you breakfast, sleep with you, and fix your car.

    REALITY IS: SSD's don't do crap other than load up Windows and a proggy or two a few seconds faster. When your on a tight budget like the one you posted, and you include a monitor with that resolution, then having a single 6850 for a gpu is great if you plan on playing UT99, or CS. Otherwise it blows.
  8. So I took all the suggestions into consideration, and here's what my client and I have settled on for now:

    CHANGES TO ORIGINAL:

    *change PSU to corsair 650w
    *ditch the SSD and just use the old HDD
    *upgrade the RAM to 8GB
    *change CPU cooler to CM hyper 212+
    *upgrade GPU to ATI RADEON 6950 2gb


    Since my client wants it for gaming more than everything else, this seems like a great build. Any further suggestions??
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