|12-08-2010, 04:30 PM||#1|
Please critique my gaming build
I've been doing a lot of research and this is what I've come up with.
This is my first build and I am starting 100% from scratch (need speakers, keyboard, monitor, etc.). I had a budget of $1500 and my main use for the build will be gaming.
Please let me know what you guys think:
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $149.99
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199.99
SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 - $249.99
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM - $104.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - $29.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB Hard Drive - $49.99
ASUS Black 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W PSU – $89.95
GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter - $16.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $99.99
GIGABYTE Standard Keyboard - $17.99
GIGABYTE Gaming Mouse- $14.99
Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - $27.99
SAMSUNG B2330 Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $189.99
Rosewill Audio Pro RHM-6308 Gaming Headset - $34.99
UPS 3 DAYS $39.43
Order Total $1,397.23
|12-08-2010, 04:38 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2004
Overall the system balance looks pretty good to me (not CPU Heavy/GPU light or vice-versa).
If I were building the system, I would change a couple things:
Reduce the RAM to 4GB.
Change case to the Coolermaster Storm Scout. (Don't skimp on a case. It's the hardest part of the build to replace, and will usually last longer than any other part of a computer build.)
Change the cpu to Intel Core i5-760 (It's only $5 more.)
Change the psu to a Corsair 650 - 750 Watt model.
|12-08-2010, 04:38 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Looks good. Why are you getting the wireless card? Wireless is terrible for gaming online.
Case isn't all that good. Such good components too. Why are you skimping on the case?
How about something big and amazing? Like the NZXT Phantom.
Last edited by madpistol: 12-08-2010 at 04:42 PM.
|12-08-2010, 05:52 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Personally, I would cut back the budget to about $150 for the GPU and $100 or so for the CPU (maybe go AMD).
You only get a few percentage points increase in gaming performance for the nearly double dollar investment.
Your motherboard cost will also be reduced by about half by going AMD.
I also agree to invest maybe $100 in a case, because it will last.
Last thought- if you invest half the money into your motherboard, cpu, and gpu, you will be playing the same games today at basically the same quality settings and frame rates. Three years from now, both cards will be obsolete, but you will have saved enough money to replace your CPU, motherboard, GPU that will DOMINATE anything that exists today. You can also sell your current CPU/GPU/mobo to make it even more cost effective.
Last edited by masterchef341: 12-08-2010 at 05:57 PM.
|12-08-2010, 07:40 PM||#6|
Join Date: Apr 2010
i cant see anything wrong with it really, though i would spend a bit more on a quality mouse, seeing as tho that is where 50% of the magic happens get a razor or something, ther pretty comfy
|12-08-2010, 09:01 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Very similiar to my build, except I have 4 GB of RAM and a standard microsoft mouse.
If you aren't all that into fancy peripherals, you couldn't ask for more from a gaming computer.
You may run out of HDD space at some time, but you can just buy one when you get to that point. Maybe even SSDs will have dropped to a more affordable range at that point.
|12-08-2010, 09:13 PM||#8|
Join Date: Mar 2010
the setup is good in my opinion but the case looks weird to me so does the gaming mouse i prefere the wolfking gaming mouse then the gigybite and you should probably shop around the internet for a site that is selling the parts you want for a cheaper price
|12-09-2010, 12:28 PM||#11|
Join Date: Nov 2007
$150 wont even get you a PIIx4 955 at the egg I'm sure you could fine one at that price though, performs about the same as an old C2Q @3G..
$100 Graphics card this is the killer. GTS250 comes to mind at this price, not the best for Metro/Crysis
Anyway you go on an say half his gpu cpu mobo budget.. you might get away with half the Mobo budget the GPU would be close, he might get a decent card and CPU wise he would be screwed..
OP great looking rig, I don't like the case but that's personal choice, Swap out the wd blue for a Samsung F3 1TB for +$20 it's well worth it and the F3's are dame good drives..
If you must have a gaming head set id look for something better..
Last edited by borg_7_of_9: 12-09-2010 at 12:37 PM.
|12-09-2010, 12:56 PM||#12|
Join Date: Apr 2003
You've done your homework and that is a well balanced build which will suit you well. I would make changes here and there but they are all preferential and as such not required. I would suggest not getting a headset and speakers. I would combine the budget for both and get one or the other, leaning toward a good headset like one of these
|12-09-2010, 01:19 PM||#13|
Join Date: Jun 2008
I would go with Gigabyte/Asus MoBo over MSI.
Be careful with that Sapphire 6870, there are reports in the reviews stating if your going DVI, it is misleading because the two DVI ports aren't the same and have different results pending on your monitor.
I would look into getting the XFX 6870, as that's what I'm probably going to get.
If you have a local MicroCenter, I would look into going there to get the i7 processor, as they run generally $100 cheaper.