Newbie i5 build, critique please

newbie i5 build please critique i only play online games ,netflix youtube just want a solid family computer that will last a few years,thanks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $726.79
13 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about newbie build critique please
  1. You don't really need the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 with what you want to do.

    Downgrade to this board
    Then OS here:
  2. Quote:
    I say this board since really only running single GPU but more features then motherboard (listed above, 'aznshinobi')
    a compromise of the OP's choice and second choice:

    I like the rest as-is but what about your monitor and speakers, already sorted out.?

    i have 21 in hpw2007 monitor and 2.1 sound system
  3. There are 2 things you NEVER go cheap on - Motherboard and power supply. Those two areas you want to splurge on.

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    good reviews to boot.
  4. maxed out on budget[ wifes gonna kill me lol]
  5. Darz, don't listen to Sk8er.

    For your purpose the motherboard I suggested is fine. Not to say that Mal's suggestion isn't good but I don't see that you need it. H61 is fine and if Asrock decides to do a BIOS update to support Ivy, you'll have Ivy Bridge support. IMO just save a little on the motherboard, it's not like you'll need to support CF/SLI or PCI 3.0. We don't even use all of PCI 2.0 as it is.
  6. the reason i chose this mb was for possible future upgrades ....???
  7. i do not overclock at all,thanks for the replys
  8. LOLO WOOOPS MAL wrote the wrong word, I meant your board is good but he doesn't need it... My bad...

    But yeah, Darz the H61 board the Asrock one, is sufficient for your needs. It'll give you the upgrade room of Ivy Bridge and USB 3 + SATA 3. Do you plan to go SLI or CF? I don't think you'll need to with online games. A 6850 is sufficient to handle most games on High settings with slight tweaks to the game settings. Depending on resolution of course.

    By upgrading what do you mean? CPU/GPU/RAM/ETC?
  9. upgrade to ivy bridge possible but not in near future no crossfire or sli
  10. Best answer
    Ok well then yeah. The H61 board suggested is fine. If the manufacturer gives the boards a BIOS upgrade, Ivy Bridge will probably be supported. The reason I say this, Ivy is not going to be a jump like Lynnfield to Sandy, Ivy is just a die shrink of Sandy Bridge so performance difference isn't exactly going to be huge but the architecture is the same.

    IMO you should just stick with Sandy until Haswell releases in 2013.
  11. just a newbie trying to get best combination for buck ,thanks
  12. Best answer selected by darz549.
  13. Good luck!
Ask a new question

Read More

Homebuilt Build Intel i5 Systems Product