Is this a good build?

I am planning on using it for music production and gaming. Any input/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Monitor ($180 ($20 MIR)): Asus VH236H 23” 2ms 1080p
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

Video card ($115 ($20 MIR)): Sapphire Radeon HD 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940

CD/DVD Burner ($20): Asus DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Case ($60): Antec 300
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-External-Internal/dp/B000GQMHBI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320613014&sr=8-1

CPU ($220): i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Wireless ($12): TP-Link Wireless N USB 2.0
http://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-TL-WN722N-150Mbps-Wireless-Adapter/dp/B002WBX9C6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320613238&sr=8-1

RAM ($47): G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HDD ($140): Samsung 1TB F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

PSU ($110 ($15 MIR)): CORSAIR Enthusiast TX650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Mobo ($105 ($10 MIR)): Gigabyte Z68M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128523

TOTAL: $1009
AFTER MIB: $944
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  1. Links don't work and plz provide component names so we don't get RSI. We generally know what a 2500k, 6950, Hyper 212 etc is w/o needing to click on the links
  2. What kind of games are you going to be playing as well that way we can determine what type of GPU fits you
  3. Fixing the Links:

    GPU - Radeon 5670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102930

    DVD - ASUS DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    CASE - Antec 300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    CPU - I5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    WiFi - Wireless N USB2.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

    RAM - GSKILL DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    HDD - Samsung 1TB F3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    PSU - Antec 550 Watt
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    Motherboard - Biostar Z68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138320

    In my opinion:

    The GPU is NOT suited for gaming. Anything like Battlefield 3 will not run well. Get a GTX 560, or 460, or get an AMD Radeon 6850/6870. Go for a reputable brand like ASUS, GIGABYTE or EVGA.

    Biostar motherboards are low quality. Get an ASUS or GIGABYTE motherboard with Z68 Chipset.

    WiFi: Get one which uses a PCI slot to free up USBs. You're building your own computer anyway so it won't be too difficult to put one in. There are some very good ASUS Wireless N ones available.

    RAM: DDR3 1333 is all that is needed for Sandy Bridge

    PSU: Get a PSU made by Seasonic OEM. Corsair TX650 V2 or Antec Neo power.
  4. Sorry about the links guys! Thanks ukee for fixing them!

    Emelth - I will be playing mainly TF2, Diablo 3 when it comes out, Fallout 3, GTA IV, nothing too crazy. I think I would more work my games around my card than my card around my games. Diablo 3 I think is the only MUST play.

    Ukke - I took your advice and upgraded the video card, PSU, and changed the mobo. I feel more confident with the new motherboard, and it is even less expensive. I did a lot of research on 1333 vs 1600, and people said 1600 was worth it if price didn't matter. Both the 1333 and 1600 models are the exact same cost, so I don't see why not. Also, the best PCI wireless card I could find only had 4 stars out of 5, and that isn't something I'd gamble with, even if it did free me up a USB port. Thanks for all your help!
  5. If you read the i5 2500K specifications on the intel website or wikipedia, you would realize that it ONLY supports up to 1333MHz memory speeds. http://ark.intel.com/products/52210 and wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge#Sandy_Bridge_2. Anything higher than 1333MHz will simply not make a difference as the CPU will force the RAM to run at 1333MHz anyways

    Fair enough with the WiFi.

    For a GPU, I'd still recommend going a bit higher in terms of performance. the AMD radeon 6790 is pretty good performance at a very good price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150564 which is $110 after rebate, or the 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

    The other option is to go with an AMD Llano build. The CPU will not be as fast as the I5 2500K but you can get VERY good graphics performance with hybrid CrossfireX

    CPU: A8-3850 $140 ... The boxed edition is out of stock at the moment. You can get the OEM but you'll need to buy a heatsink too which is compatible. :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

    MoBo: GIGABYTE MicroATX $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128511

    GPU for CrossfireX: $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125375

    and you will need to go for a bit better RAM at 1600MHz or 1866MHz
    EG: GSKILL 1866MHz DDR3 Ripjaws $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

    So that is $370 for CPU, Mobo, VGA, RAM for the AMD Llano 3850 vs $467 for CPU, Mobo, VGA, and RAM for the i5 2500K (Add $20 for the 6790 GPU)

    The AMD llano is still a pretty good CPU for a lot of things. Take a look at some reviews before you make a decision though: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975.html
  6. Even if 1333 is the max speed, it might tighten timings and it would help if I decided to over-clock. I mean, for the exact same price, I don't see why not, even if the difference is minimal. I'll keep the 5770 in mind and see what prices do once the "Weekend Special" ends. With the floods in Indonesia, the price of a HDD is KILLING me. My 1TB HDD a few weeks ago was $60, and now it's $140... :(

    As far as AMD goes, I am thinking toward the hackintosh direction for my music production, so I think that is out of the picture. That does look like a great build, however.

    Thanks again!
  7. Bumpity bumpity boo

    Any more advice?
  8. Quote:
    If you read the i5 2500K specifications on the intel website or wikipedia, you would realize that it ONLY supports up to 1333MHz memory speeds. http://ark.intel.com/products/52210 and wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge#Sandy_Bridge_2. Anything higher than 1333MHz will simply not make a difference as the CPU will force the RAM to run at 1333MHz anyways


    True up until the end. It is the maximum without "overclocking". All you have to do is go in the BIOS and set it to the correct speed. It's really easy... It will run at 1600 and your computer will recognize it. Your CPU will allow it to be "overclocked" if that is what you want to call it because it is really just changing a setting.
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