$1030 Gaming Build (Need critique)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week(if the price remains within 1000-1060 that is.)

Budget Range: 1000-1050 (currently at 1026 with shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: In order, Gaming, Recording, Editing, Surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: Speaking, OS. Nothing re-used.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Already have my basket set up, just need critique(unless one of you know a massive sale going on on another site, or something.)

Country: USA.

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus is preferred.

Overclocking: Maybe, only if it's little to no risk.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Here are the current parts:(All retail)

COOLER MASTER Elite 335 ATX Mid Tower

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint 500gb SATA 7200 RPM 3.0gb/s

ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24x DVD Burner

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

XFX Core Edition 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Razer Deathadder + Razer Arctosa and a tube of Arctic Silver 5 Compound.


Is there anything I'm missing? Anything that's incompatible? Any upgrades I can make for little to no cost? Is one of my parts low-quality or known to be defective?


Thanks so much in advance, I'm not very knowledgeable so I've been getting most of my info from friends and forums, a lot of trust going into you guys. Hope this isn't too much of a bother for most of you.
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  1. Side note: I'm actually pretty indecisive about the monitor... I don't quite trust Acer for some reason. Anything within a $30 range more or less of that one I'd more than willingly accept, as long as it has stable support and doesn't wiggle.
  2. That cpu doesn't over clock. You need the 3570K in order to over clock. Also you stated no dual cards, yet you have a psu that will run two of those cards.
  3. I'm not very comfortable with overclocking, but if you think I can really benefit from getting a 3570 and overclocking it, I can do so.
  4. I would:

    Get this PSU, it's cheaper and good quality:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Then upgrade your CPU to the i5-3570K so you can OC in the future. Drop the heatsink your buying and use the stock fan for now until you are ready to OC.

    Not sure what monitor you are looking at, I don't see a link, but I just bought this one on a recommendation and I am very happy with it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117&Tpk=vh238h

    So, PSU saves you $20 which goes to upgrade CPU.

    Then the money you save dropping the cooler, spend that to upgrade your GPU to like a 6870, something like this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
  5. Xerophos said:
    I'm not very comfortable with overclocking, but if you think I can really benefit from getting a 3570 and overclocking it, I can do so.

    Overclocking these 1155 cpu's don't give you much if any gain in regards to gaming.

    Here's some different options to check out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910208 $289.98 save: $10.00
    GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

    http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Silencer-compatible/dp/B0064XAIXQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337669790&sr=1-3 $76.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=263 <----- review of that psu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337668905&sr=1-1 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766 $59.99 + .99 shipping
    Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST500DM002/dp/B005CT56R6/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337669470&sr=1-9 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-S211HL-21-5-Inch-Widescreen-Ultra-Slim/dp/B003U4IROY/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337704878&sr=1-8 $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Acer S211HL bd 21.5-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display - Black
  6. Also, I'm not willing to drop the heatsink and use the stock fan, I have very bad experiences with intel stock fans. Call it superstition, or paranoia.
  7. Xerophos said:
    Also, I'm not willing to drop the heatsink and use the stock fan, I have very bad experiences with intel stock fans. Call it superstition, or paranoia.

    I'm 100% with ya on that one. There's been a few threads on here were people were having outrageous temps and they picked up a cheap $25 CM 212+ later on and it was problem solved.
  8. I don't like the locking mechanism of most stock fans(it isn't very tight, or at least it wasn't with my mobo) temps were at like 90 C idling when I initially started the comp. Got a $20 fan and it went to 30 C constant.


    On topic now, I'm willing to get this Saphire and 3570k, but are they really that large of an improvement? I'm aware of the massive OC potential of the 3570k, but wouldn't it be bottlenecked anyways? I'd have to wait a week to get the extra money though, and I'm quite eager to get it.


    Anyone else second cranked's opinion? I'm being very careful with this.
  9. Bumping
  10. Do you have a microcenter within driving distance?
  11. Uhh nope, there aren't even any in my state.
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