First build and very "green" with computers, opinions appreciated!

Hello, I'm currently an engineering student (chemical so no advanced graphical software; matlab or chemcad at best) who enjoys gaming. After trying to find an affordable gaming laptop (for portability), I gave up. So with one option left I did some research into parts, read many articles, I would like to propose my first build to this community! My objective was to get the most bang for my buck while trying to run most modern games at max/great settings.

Living in Canada, the pricing for the parts have come from:
Cutting Edge Computers

CPU: i5 2500k 3.3 GHZ - $206.54
Graphics: MSI Twin Frozr GTX 560 Ti - $247.99
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth P67 LGA1155 (Rev. 3) - $215.05
PSU: Corsair Professional HX750W - $135.49
HDD: Western Caviar Black 1TB - $77.99
Memory: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3 1333 - $47.99
Case: COOL MASTER Storm Scout - $67.10
Monitor: HP w2408h - Currently own
Total with tax = $1127.91

The only components I'm not entirely sure on are the graphics, motherboard and memory. I've been working off review sites and feedback on newegg that have praised the quality, performance and handling of these components relative to their competitors. For example the running temperature and noise level of the MSI 560 Ti won me over say a Sapphire 6950 2GB.

Thanks in advance!
10 answers Last reply
More about first build green computers opinions appreciated
  1. most of it is pretty decent.

    I'd swap out for this motherboard:

    and save about $50

    you can also switch to a Samsung spinpoint F3 1 TB hard drive

    the 750W is probly more than you need. get an Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX 550-650W PSU
  2. Thanks, I saw that board was suggested in another thread as an alternative to a similar build.

    For the PSU then I might go with a Corsair CMPSU-650TX or a Antec EW 650. It might not be a big deal but are there any suggestions for a good modular PSU at around the same price?

    I also forgot to mention two other things. Would an SSD (most likely a Crucial 64GB) be a wise investment at the moment, considering I don't want to spend money unless it is really worth it. Also, I plan to overclock and was wondering if the stock fan + heat sink would be enough if I added two 120 mm case fans?
  3. I'd try to come up with the cash for an 8 gb mem kit initially, if using Win7/64 bit
  4. Well these 8GB Ripjaws from cutting edge are only about $40 more... I'm not that power hungry... yet ;)
  5. Looks like a nice build, you are going to be very happy with the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K can do for you. About the only thing I would advise you to do is plan to add an SSD in the future like Intel SSD 320 80GB.
  6. You just missed $64 8GB 1600CL9 G.Skill on Newegg.

    HDD: I'd get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB instead of the Caviar Black. It's $61 on Amazon and was $55 last week on Newegg.

    Mobo: I'd typically suggest something cheaper. But if you have the cash and don't really care too much, the Sabertooth's a good choice. I'd get the Fatal1ty personally though.

    RAM: Since you're not going cheap, you may as well get 8GB 1600CL9 on Newegg for $75. It's $85 right now, but there will be a sale by the end of the week.

    I'd also get a cheaper, non-modular PSU (since a lot of good cases have back panels to hide cords anyways). You could shave $100 of this build if you wanted.
  7. Newegg now has $59 8GB G.Skill Snipers.
  8. dalauder said:
    Newegg now has $59 8GB G.Skill Snipers.

    I've checked pricecanada and the spinpoint has never been that cheap from online retailers. Same goes for the G.skill.

    Unfortunately does not have the same sales :(

    I'll cut some cost by going with the Asrock Extreme4 though.
  9. Oh--well the Snipers might be $69 now, they are on Newegg.COM. They were $59 yesterday.

    The Spinpoint's that cheap all the time, but on Newegg.COM in American dollars. I bought 3 back in August at $58 each.

    Unfortunately, I don't keep up on the newegg.CA deals. So I'm a lot less useful for you. Sorry.
  10. $59 8GB G.Skill 1600CL9 DDR3:

    EDIT: Oops, I got confused. I forgot this thread was Canada and now that just makes my post seem obnoxious. Sorry about that.
Ask a new question

Read More

Build Systems