Building a System

Hi I am 13 and am going to build a my first homemade PC and wanted to know If I had a good build

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case - Black

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 -

Asus MAXIMUS V GENE Z77 mATX DDR3 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboard

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550w Power Supply (RS550-PCARE3-U​S)

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Core i3, i5, i7 and Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C​9

ASUS HD7750-1GD5-V2 AMD Radeon HD 7750 VGA 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card.

And I already have a 6GB/s, 7200RPM, SATA III, 64mb cache, Western Digital Black.

PS: I really want to know if the PSU and the other specs are good for watching HD movies, photoshop, VMware, Programming, Web Design, and moderate gaming.

THANK YOU in Advance.
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  1. I'd say you've done a pretty good job of putting together your build list here. :)

    I do have a few tweaks to suggest though:

    If you're not going to be overclocking, you can save some money by getting the i5 3450 or 3470 instead and still get pretty much the same performance at stock speeds.

    You almost certainly don't need to spend that much money on the motherboard. If you do want to overclock, you can get a perfectly capable Z77 board for a lot less:

    If you aren't overclocking, you could step down to an H77 board for even less.

    You could then take the money you save and put it into a better video card, or maybe an SSD for your OS / Games.

    550W is perfect for your PSU, but I wouldn't go with Cooler Master. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and XFX are what I usually recommend there.

    Overall you put together a good build, just a few minor changes here and there could help you spend your money a little more efficiently. :)
  2. Thank you so much, because this is my time and my budget was 820.
  3. What about ASROCK Extreme 4-M
  4. Poojan1999 said:
    What about ASROCK Extreme 4-M

    That would be a fine choice, but it's just the micro ATX version of the Extreme4 and it actually costs more money right now. Given that your case can support a full ATX board without issue, I'd stick with the regular Extreme4 and save $12.
  5. Okay, Do have a case in mind with mATX and is small with usb 3.0 and fans
  6. The NZXT Phantom 410 you have in your original list supports both mATX and full ATX. No reason not to do the full ATX board. :)
  7. I would get a cheaper case - that one is lovely, but the NZXT Gamma Classic is an amazing case for dirt cheap.

    Also, I double up on the suggestions both for an SSD and a better graphics card. What resolution are you playing with? (And we're serious about the SSD. It'll do more to make the computer feel fast than anything else would.)
  8. well not a lot of gaming mostly programming, photoshop,and web designing, and my dad will use it for watching netflix, and hd dvds and surf the web.
  9. Hi, when i am done building can i use my old hard which already has windows 7 installed on it and then transfer the installation files on to the new one.
  10. I wouldn't recommend it, it's usually best to do a clean Windows install when you have a completely new build like this. If you use my suggestion to spend the money you save from motherboard on an SSD instead, you'll definitely need a fresh install.
  11. Yeah, but I need more than 500 GB of Hard Drive Space
  12. Hi, What is better Z77 Extreme 6 or MSI Z77a- GD65
  13. Hi, is kingston ssdnow v200 64gb a good ssd
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