Need Critique on Final Build

Hey, thanks for the help!


This is an all-purpose build to be used for work and gaming. I am not interested in overclocking. My monitor has resolution 1920x1080. I play lots of first person shooters, rts's, and the total war series etc. I would not like the price to rise above 1120.

I skimped a bit on the hard drive, but I don't think I'll need that much memory (no saving movies or big CAD files).

I also would have liked a somewhat cheaper video card, but for a computer that can play virtually anything maxed-out (at the moment) and without overclocking I did not see a good option. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB I would have really liked but it is 250, and the 570 is only 270 on amazon at the moment. Is there a video-card you would suggest instead?

Overall, is there anything I should tweak?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.19 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1112.04
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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  1. You wouldnt need a cpu cooler if you arent OCing :) Other than that, awesome build.
  2. For $15 less, you can get the NZXT Tempest 210, which has much better cable management.
  3. I'd recommend going after a Chronos Deluxe, rather than the standard Chronos if you can find one. The performance is better and it's also going to last longer because of the Toshiba flash.
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