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Critique My New Build

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February 8, 2012 8:12:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: None

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

For a total of $663.22 – 30.00 for rebates

What do you think?

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February 8, 2012 8:16:17 PM

i would get a i3 + 560ti instead of i5 + 550ti.

i would also get a psu from corsair antec or seasonic.
February 8, 2012 11:42:56 PM

Ducki is right. Go with an i3 rather than a i5. The i3 combo will give better performance than the i5 combo.
i3 2120 @ $120

Unlike ducki's suggestion for a 560Ti, I would go with a Radeon 6870...You have a monitor res of 1680x1050...going with the gtx 560ti is overkill. The Radeon 6870 is cheaper and still give top notch performance:

The gtx 560Ti is still a great way to go if you have the budget:

As ducki said, go with a better PSU. Cooler Master has OK PSUs, but not the best. Go with a very reliable brand such as Antec, Corsair, FSP, OCZ, or Seasonic
500W PSU from Antec:

520W PSU from Seasonic:

550W from OCZ: