My 1st system - good idea?

So I'm building my 1st system, most parts already bought from friends, the rest (cpu, ram, mobo) will be bought from a german online store.

Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5

PSU: 750W Coolermaster GX Series

Optical: old cheap DVD/CD writer/reader

Hard drive: old cheap 80gb SATA 3????? (I will be storing most of my stuff on my 500gb external drive.)

Graphics card: Asus GeForce 260 GTX 896 mb

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition


Intel Core i5 2500K 4x 3.30GHz So.1155 BOX

Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE 770 AM3 ATX


I cant find any good cheap mobos that have socket 1155, and 4 DIMMs supporting 1600mhz RAM...

RAM: 2x (4GB Exceleram Rippler DDR3-1600 DIMM CL6 Dual Kit)


1x (8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 DIMM CL8 Dual Kit)

I plan on just surfing the net, and playing Crysis, Shogun Total War 2, Cod 6....

Is this a good idea? Suggestions more than welcome....
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  1. Grab a 500GB HDD is better than using your external drive. It's up to you, it all going to cost you $45 for a 500GB drive. Adding an extra 20 you get 1TB.

    Here's the drive,

    what resolution/setting you expect to run for these games?

    If your budget allows, maybe you can use that HDD money for a better CPU, i5-2500? Only add a 15 bucks more.

    Opps, didn't notice you purchase parts in German. :o I don' know much about that site.
  2. Why do you say an internal would be better? Just faster? I mean, yeah copying stuff is slow, but its fast enough to run games off of.

    I would be running at 1900x1080p. I've got a 21.5 inch samsung.
  3. What graphic card is that? I can't find it on Nvidia. Try to match your CPU with graphic cards or it will bottleneck your overall performance. Which means if you spend 100 dollars on CPU, spend similar amount on a GPU. Do you plan on SLI in the future? If not, 750W seems a little overkill to me. Unless you plan to grab cards like GTX 570, 580, 590, 500~650W should be sufficient for this system. Have you look into ATI cards as well?
  4. My graphics card is right here.

    They released to be the next big step after the good old 8800gt. They also released the GTX 280 at the same time, which is a little better.

    But if I have a quad core running at about 3.2 ghz, it shouldn't bottleneck right?

    I got the card and the PSU from friends, for very good prices, so I didnt really choose them. I dont plan to SLI, but I got that box, the HD, and the optical drive from 30 euro. ;-)

    Does anyone know which ram option i should take? Is 4 sticks ok?

    EDIT: I will be either picking the AMD 955, or the i5 2500k.
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