Hi, I am building my first computer. I have put together a list of components based on reviews, newegg scores, and friends' recommendations.
I am looking for feedback on the parts I have chosen:
- Are any items completely out of line with the rest (overkill or possible bottlenecks)?
- Are there any components that, for a small increment in price, could be greatly upgraded?
- Anything else you might think of.
Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: Roughly $1,000 CAD
Store: All items will be purchased from Memory Express. The prices indicated reflect their current prices. They do price match any Canadian retailer or e-tailer!
System Usage: Gaming (DOTA 2, Skyrim, Starcraft 2, etc.)
Components: Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K ($229.99) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ($119.99) Video Card: eVGA GeForce GTX 570 ($160 - From a friend) Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ($59.99) PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX650M ($109.99) Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 ($39.99) Hard Drive: WD 1TB Blue 7200rpm SATA III ($79.99) Monitor: BenQ GL2450 Widescreen ($159.99) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST ($19.99)
Total Price: $979.92
Nice to have but doesn't fit the budget:
I'd like to add 8GB more RAM and a 120GB SSD Drive for boot and games, but those are not in the budget currently.
Please feel free to offer any advice, this is the first time I have hand-picked the components for a new computer so I am open to suggestions. Thanks for taking the time to read this
Hi, good picks actaully! I advice against getting the HAF 912 since it doesn't have USB 3.0 but your motherboard does.
Get a CoolerMaster Hyper Evo if you plan to overclock and get the G.skill sniper or G.skill ares ram.
You should get a cheaper but quality PSU the TX is too expensive.
Thanks for the tips. Any particular reason why you'd recommend the Ares or Sniper over the Ripjaws? I can't find much info about the differences.
Also, would the Corsair Builder CX600 or OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W be suitable choices? Is 600 watts a comfortable level for this setup?