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First build - please critique.

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May 14, 2012 9:34:49 PM

So, this was my first time ever finding parts to build a computer, and I wanna see how I did and just get a final check on everything. Mostly with this computer I'll be playing some older games like ArmA and stuff like that. Maybe some newish games that came out in 2010/11. And of course, school work. :sarcastic: 

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

ENCORE ENEWI-1XN45 Wireless N150 Adapter with 5 dBi antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/ n 2.0 PCI Express Up to 150Mbps

PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready

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

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Total price is $533.95 with shipping and not including rebates, cause I don't trust rebates.

Tell me what you think and feel free to fix it but please keep it under $550. Also, would I really need 8gb of RAM? Would I be fine with 4?

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2012 9:51:33 PM

No HDD? No OS? Also, the psu's that come with the cases are generally not very good quality, so you might consider a different psu. Corsair and Seasonic are good brands for power supplies.
May 14, 2012 9:54:10 PM

Yeah, sorry about that. I forgot to mention I already have a HDD and a copy of win. 7. So, other than the PSU how does everything else look?
a b B Homebuilt system
May 14, 2012 10:51:34 PM

Well, i'm not sure i'd go with that motherboard to be honest. It's really not going to give you a lot in the way of future upgrade possibilities. An ASRock Extreme 4, however, would give you 4 ram slots vs the 2 on that motherboard, as well as the ability to SLI/CrossFire Later on. Those options tend to come at a higher premium though.

That cpu, for $10 more you could get the higher clocked i5-2400, so that's worth looking at. This CPU has an additional $10 off with promo code EMCNEJJ42 through the end fo 5/17, so if you buy soon, you actually get the better processor for the same price as the one you had picked out.

I've heard some bad things about the power color brand of gpus and i think it's worth it to look at dropping another $10 to get a more reliable brand.

Not to pick your build apart, cause i'm pretty sure you were trying to do what you could to meet a specific budget, and i respect that completely!