Mostly used for gaming and miscellaneous schoolwork.
ROTFLMFAO. I wish you had consulted some of the people whom made other builds on here. They would have either saved you a BUNCH of money, or gotten you something AMAZING for your price point. You threw away 1200 bucks. Let me sum up what went wrong here, and I hope you have return warranty on everything still.
CPU: Spend 10 dollars more for the i5 3570k from intel. MUCH better gaming performance. Newer technology. Supports PCI-E 3.0
Motherboard: AN AMAZING MOTHERBOARD. TOTALLY FLIPPIN' USELESS. Spend 100-150 for an Asrock or Asus motherboard for that intel cpu I was tlaking about. It'll have all the bells and whistles, USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0, 2-way or 3-way capable sli or crossfire-x will be in that price point.
RAM: Why Kingston? Spring for G.Skill or Corsair. Save a few bucks in the process. Unless you seriously like the aesthetics of Kingston RAM.
Hard Drive: Good choice there. I have one myself, but it is just a sotrage drive. At the price of your total setup, you should be able to squeeze in an SSD at literally no extra cost. And SSD would immensely improve your system overall/
GPU: Nothing wrong with that GPU except it is overpriced. You can obviously afford something a bit better, too. You can catch GTX 560 ti's or HD Radeon 6950's for 200 on sale at Newegg. For a little more, HD Radeon 7850's or GTX 570's. A little more? The GTX 660 ti.
Case: If you like the look of it, great. But there is NO cable management available in that thing. And i would invest in companies that sell cans of air. Like as in stocks. No kidding.
Power Supply: This is a good quality PSU, however not only is it overkill for your system, it is not modular, and without a case allowing for excess cable management, you have that mess of wires you have in the case, negating half the effects of having a fully mesh case.
Optical Drive: There are cheaper ones. And do you seriously need to watch blu-rays on your gaming/school rig? That's 80 bucks more than you really need to spend on an optical drive, but that is a personal decision.
Also, your graphics card is not in properly. It should not be drooping. You're going to break something.
Also, gaming on Wi-Fi? ouch..
Since you seem to have a fair grasp on builds for pricepoints, how does this build look? any help would be greatly appreciated since it is my first build. I don't need a hdd or os since I am going to use them from my old pc. also don't need an optical drive because any game I would play would be downloaded directly off steam and I don't watch movies with my pc now. and using the monitor from the 2 year old pc as well
Alright, you've only made 1 glaring mistake. That motherboard is not over clockable. So, either search for a different one, or get the i5 3570 without the "k" modifier, as there is no point in paying 10 bucks or so extra for an unlocked cpu you can't OC. Also, that PSU seems to be a good one, but I've heard a lot of hit and miss from OCZ, plus it's not the best efficiency out there, so take those extra savings from the CPU, and get this PSU, which is better, and still enough power to run your system just fine :)
great choice in your GPU, the price seems reasonable and it is a very handsome looking one besides lol. I didn't go into depth here, but besides those changes, I doubt there is much else you can shave off without hurting performance
thank you very much sassy
may i ROTFLMFAO with you?
like what he said^ you shouldve consulted with us at least :/
Yes you may. :D
I just feel kinda sad that someone literally wasted money.
Hey Sassy, I just wanted to see what you think about my build. It is mainly for gaming and schoolwork. Right now it is slightly under $1700 and I would like to see if I can keep it under $1700 while still retaining the performance aspect of the build. Thanks!
Well. Overall, that is a very solid build. Very similar to mine, in fact.
CPU: Solid choice. Got mine OC'd to 4.2, can do better but that is my personal safe point :)
CPU Heatsink: My CPU doesn't get much hotter than 67c with that CPU heatsink. And that's a Prime95 runs for 18 hours (my 4th coure gets hotter than the rest, not sure why) Haven't done a whole lot of research, but my temps are acceptable AND that is using the crappy thermal paste provided.Anyways, the research I DID conduct is that OC'ing with that CPU gets you to about 4.5 or 4.6 safely on conventional cooling solutions. On the Evo, you can rock 4.4 or 4.5 (kinda iffy on 4.5 though). For 100 bucks for the Corsair H100 water cooling you get that 4.6 OC. Not worth that .2 OC if you ask me.
Motherboard: Please read my build. It shares some of my concerns for the software that came with it, and it's thin-ness. But the side mounted SATA ports, the aesthetics, and overall feature set is just great.
RAM: Just looking really quick I couldn't find 1600Mhz in that style, it'd save you 4 bucks, but saving that isn't really worth the effort. You just won't see very much, if any difference between the two RAM speeds.
SSD: Solid choice. Not the fastest, not cheapest either, but it's like a Chevy truck, reliable.
HDD: The Western Digital Black may be a better options, but you'll be paying more for less space. Seagate should be good though. let me know when you get it?
GPU: A very nice GPU. I have it in my machine. More powerful than what I use it for, but it also means I don't have to worry about needing a different GPU for years, certainly :) What monitor resolution you want to play on?
Case: This is my only true concern. Almost 300 bucks for a case (when it isn't on sale) is just...not worth it for me, especially since I personally also feel that case is just plain ugly. To each his own. However, entertain grabbing a 150 dollar case or less and taking that money for one of the following: a larger SSD, an i7 CPU, fully modular PSU, nice case fans and replacement fans for that CM Hyper EVO (they kinda noisy) or just put it in your pocket.
PSU: I use this PSU as well. Many said it was the weak link in my build, but it is doing just fine! Certainly enough power to run a second GTX 670. Once you go modular on a PSU, there is NO TURNING BACK. I won't even recommend non-modular PSU's anymore cause it just is worth payig a bit extra for that luxury.
Optical Drive: Meh. Sure.
Windows 7: I can link you to a place selling Win7 for 75 bucks, to shave a bit off your total there, let me know if you need the link.
periphials: Completely up to you. I use the G110 and the G600 and I love them, and both mine are cheaper than what you're looking at, but it is completely up to the user and what they want. Check at what Corsair, Logitech and Razar are selling, those are usually the top of the line stuff. Oh, and Cyborg stuffs.
Oh. That NZXT fan controller? I was looking at getting it too, but it is far from intuitive, and look at the fan pin connectors carefully. From the newegg pictures, those are only molex cables and 3 pin? fan connectors, so you wont be able to route every fan on the motherboard which I had hoped I could.
Regarding the seagate drive, I have had a 1.3 TB Barracuda since 2004 and have absolutely loved it since. I have read reviews about its reliability and such, but in my experience it is great.
I'm planing to play at 1080p for the moment until I get a second 23".
Windows 7 for $75!! Why not?
So far the case has been my biggest concern, as I like the weird and unusual shape, but am not sure about the price and wether or not there would be better options out there... I have been switching back and forth between the level 10, an HAF X, define r4 arctic white, and a colossus venom edition
I wasn't sure if these would be good price to value wise and was hoping to get some help deciding.
EDIT: the NZXT fan controller, I haven't really read much about, Im going to look into that ang get back to you...
Sorry for the huge wall of text, I hope it wasn't too difficult to read.
That's good news on the seagate front! I doubt they truly have many "fans" :)
With a computer like yours, 2 monitors is a very nice feature to have. Should be had, even.
I would put a lot of research into the cases before going into a almost 300 dollar one for sure. The Haf X is very beastly, but not too much cheaper. You seem to want to have a white case? Might I make a suggestion?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158 Take a look at that and see what ya think
Yeah I for some reason seem to like white cases. I read a few reviews on the Thor V2 and a few places said it was kind of a flimsy case towards the front near the optical bay area. They also mentioned the fan controllers being a bit loose and slowly turning until they got to either high or low settings. If you have had previous experience with this case, let me know what you think. The only part of my build I keep going back and forth on is the case.
Not really sure why you went with AMD or chose the MOBO you did. Intels processors boast much better performance for the money and the mobo seems like total overkill, e.g. do you really need 8 6 gb/s SATA ports, or a 32 gb ram capacity? your video card choice also baffles me, you can get good 7850s right now for the price and the performance on those is far superior to the 6800 series.
Oh hi im building my first computer and i want to get you opinions on like what should i change and stuff :/ heres the link http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g0YZ (note im on a super small budget and i just bought the case and RAM and yes i know the ram is slow >_>) i would really like to hear your opinions and thank you :)
You having bought the case allrdy makes it kinda hard here...
That PSU is crap and I would not let it run my optical drive, let alone my whole computer. I would recommend a combo deal with the Rosewill Challenger and the Rosewill Hive 650w (A case and PSU combo, 130 normally, right now 30 if bought together off, so 100) and if you did not forsee much upgrading in your future (it's AMD, not too much you can upgrade if you can spend the big bucks) I would say not go in for that motherboard, and grab this one:
Cheap, simple, all one needs for a 500 dollar gaming budget. the reason why this one is it support a GPU, has Sata III (6gb/s) onboard graphics if you need a working computer before you can go in for the dedicated card, and I have personally used it and it's good quality little board. If you plan on making huge improvements in the future (second GPU, higher speed RAM, USB 3.0, etc) then stick with what you got.
Also, you can buy your windows 7 a little bit cheaper here:
I hope this has helped.
Sassy, i think we'd make a great support team
Maybe make a "post your permalink builds here and we'll help you fix it" link :D
I am in no way a professional. I just am opinionated, tight with money and appreciative of quality things if I MUST spend that money
I agree ._. but i must say i am probably the same as you.
I would be perfectly fine helping people with their builds. Right now there is no comprehensive way to do that, so if there were a "Builds In Progress---Help!" list where everyone could pitch in and help people out with some of this stuff, this website would have it all. Parts list, ratings, best places to buy those parts (usually), and easy way to gather all those parts in one list that are compatible PLUS a section dedicated to helping? Of course there would need to be a warning that all help are opinions, may not be 100% accurate, etc etc but I still think it could be the next step in the evolution of this great site. :)
We would just have to find a way to not to be...repetitive. We're going to get a lot of people saying "We have this budget what can I do?" and we've allrdy helped 20 others with the exact same budget and yeah, maybe the barebones would or should be similar, but we need to cater toward builder's specific wants/needs AND it would be helpful for some of us whom help alot to be current of sales/prices (also very conveniently handled by this site) and new products. I know I rely heavily on benchmarks, reviews, specifications, etc. If there was some way we could have a more hands on approach..
thank you ill make sure to take your advice into consideration but im not sure about what kind of PSU i should get like what are good brands i know Corsair is a good brand but not much more :/
Brand doesn't say it all. There are even bad PSU's branded with a good company.
well what PSU do you recommend?
oh and i do plan to upgrade later on just thought i mention that and what do you think about this MB? MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
get another stick of that ram. if you're on a really tight budget, the dont get the 6670. just dont buy it. u'll save that much more money. save up the money when u get the chance to and then buy a stronger video card; dont blast ur money away like that.
you probably wont like me, but its for the best. get a better PSU. NEVER skimp on these things. find one that has a single 12v rail :)
the CPU is only good if you're gonna OC it like CRAZY. if not? get the non black edition
OMG thank you im a real noob when it comes to this kind of stuff just wanted to mkae sure before i buy all this stuff
yea um what PSU do you recommend?
Supposing ur in canada, http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/ocz-power-supply-oczzs550w
If not, tell me :P
Dude honestly just listen to us, refund everything you can please.
This is a possible build ive been working the last 3 or so days puting together with alot of ppls insight and opinions, i do plan on oc'n my cpu and ram if able to also sli and oc the gpu.
What do u guys think
Its not a bad build, althought I would go with a caviar black by wester digital, its only like 20$ more and you will see a decrease of the read and write speed!
so black is better than the blue ? i plan on just useing this as a storage once i do get a intel 330 ssd, which is why i just bought a blue. Figured about a 180 gig ssd for win 7 home boot and some games and the wd for just storage
Yea the black is faster, I have owned both the black and blue, its hard to tell a difference but it is recognizable. I currently have a 500GB black in my system that I put all my games and stuff on, I have an SSD for the OS
just switched out to the black thanks for the info
I don't recommend OC'ing the RAM, there really isn't such an improvement as you'd see. Plus for the very small performance returns, a lot of possible system instability. Also, may I recommend the EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition? it's usually only 10 dollars more than their reference model, but it's got a better cooling solution, and overclocks itself pretty decently.
ok, yea i do have the gtx 670 ftw on my new egg build list it just only has the 670 on the part finder list lol unless i looked in the wrong spot
ahh ok thanks man didnt know that, hopefully ill be able to get this soon and post my build
please comment on my new build :)