I'm building a new PC, and wanted your opinion on a few points. Let me start by saying that I've tinkered around with a PC before (replacing the odd card, etc), but have never done a build from scratch.
Also, my choice of components was constrained because these are parts that I have salvaged from 2 PCs that are about to be retired.
CPU: Intel Core i5 2380p
Mobo: Asus P8H61-M/LE USB3
Case: Zalman Z11 plus (new, on order)
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7950 (stock)
RAM: 4 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz
PSU: Fractal Design Tesla 550 W 80 plus (or another generic/unbranded 600W that came with an old case).
These are the components that I intend to assemble together. Here's what I'd like to know.
1. Are there any components here that stand out to you as generally unreliable, or that can be upgraded to something significantly better for a small cost?
2. Most important - the movers and my dog tag-teamed my monitor, and now it's busted beyond repair. I'm thinking of hooking this computer up to my 32" HDTV. Would my combination of GPU, RAM, and CPU be able to play games like BF3 with decent settings on a HDTV?
Please excuse my lack of experience in this. I wanted to present an overall picture of what I'm working with, to get your expert opinions. Thanks!
Seems like a solid build for a low price BUT i'd suggest get a better PSU for that GPU and for future in general. Those fractal are very new and we don't know yet if works fine or not. Try to go with a 650W from Corsair, Antec, XFX that are very good manufacturers.
Thanks, all three of you. I really appreciate your patience with a newbie like me
Ok, so I've cancelled on the Fractal Design PSU and ordered a Corsair 650W as you said.
This next question may sound really silly - if I use 2 x 4 GB RAM sticks, can they be of different frequencies? I have a 4 GB stick of 1333 MHz RAM. If not, I'll pick up another Corsair like the current one.
I've been reading on the HD 7950 and it's overclocking potential. I may play around with small and incremental increases. Can I do this with my current case? The stock version has 4 fans, and generally receives good reviews for cooling. Or, do I need to reconsider my choice of case/add a new component?