My first gaming build ever!! what do you think?

Approximate Purchase Date: This Summer

Budget Range: 500 - 650 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, Minecraft, Call of duty) and recording Gameplay

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor and Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Neweeg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Coolermaster and Corsair

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Check this out:

-Intel Core i5 2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1 Ghz (Free Rage Game)
-Asrock H61de/s3 LGA 1155 intel Atx Motherboard with sata 6 gbps
-Corsair 4 Gb ddr3 1333 mhz (1 stick)
-Saphire Radeon 6870 1 gb 256 bits video Card
-Hitachi deskstar 500 gb Hdd 7200 rpm with sata 6 gbps
-Corsair Builder Series 500 Watts PSU 80 Plus
-Coolermaster Elite 430 Black steel Computer Case

Total: $647
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  1. Looks Alright, a few things though:

    If you want to overclock, its going to be impossible on an h61 motherboard, or on a i5 2400. If not, your fine :)

    If you were using any other brand of 500w psu, I would change it, but corsairs are great, and you should be fine.

    I can't really think of anything else right now...lol

    Good Luck

    Newt183
  2. Looks good I would skip the deskstar (deathstar) hd.
  3. That's a decent start but it could use a bit of tweaking. Here's what I would generally prefer in a $700 build. It's a bit more but you'll get a far better case, PSU, motherboard, and way better RAM. The GPU is the same, and the brand of HD I chose is way better (Hitachi HDs are terrible from my experience).

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $89.99
    Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

    Total: $735.96
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    That's a decent start but it could use a bit of tweaking. Here's what I would generally prefer in a $700 build. It's a bit more but you'll get a far better case, PSU, motherboard, and way better RAM. The GPU is the same, and the brand of HD I chose is way better (Hitachi HDs are terrible from my experience).

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $89.99
    Optical: Samsung 22X DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

    Total: $735.96


    That might be a little over budget, but quality parts for sure.
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