Can anybody give me solid opinions on my computer build?

I'm in the process of building my first gaming computer and I would love if someone could check it out and give me any opinions on it. This is mainly for my boyfriend because his computer can barely even play LoL on the lowest settings. We are definitely going to upgrade later on this is just a start with a 650.00 price limit. I really appreciate it guys! btw sorry if the link is stupid ha.


Black Sentey Black Box Series Mid Tower Computer Case BX1-4237-v2.2, 4x 5.25in Bays, 4 x Front USB 2.0, w/ 3 x Fan Coolers

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA1155 Quad-Core 32nm Processor BX80623I52400

CoolMax ZU Series 600W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 Modular Power Supply ZU-600B, Active PFC, 80 PLUS Bronze, w/ 140mm Fan

Sapphire 11202-00-20G Radeon HD7750 1GB PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

Seagate Barracuda 3.5in 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive ST500DM002, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache. OEM

ASUS P8H61-M REV 3.0 Socket 1155 uATX Motherboard, Intel H61(B3) Chipset, Supports Intel 2nd Generation Core i7/i5/i3 CPUs, Dual DDR3 1333, SATA 3.0Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, 8CH Audio


Update 2:

last one is just the cd drive ha don't worry about that one.

Update 3:

I'm ordering two of the 4GB RAM sticks so it will be 8GB and I'll definitely try to find a reasonably priced SSD. Do you not think my 600W PSU will be enough for my current build? My price limit is definitley 650.00 I had already stretched it by 50.00 lol so graphics card wise I might be a bit stuck. Is Nvidia a better brand than Sapphire?

Update 4:

What about this video card? altogether i'll be spending about 685.00

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    The PSU could do with an upgrade to something with at least 80 silver or gold, although gold with be very expensive even though it will last you for years to come.

    You dont need a lot of power output and personally, I recommend Corsair, they have very reliable hardware.

    When it comes to CPU and MB.. Since you're saying you're going to upgrade in some time anyway, I really dont see the reason for going with Intel since they are a bit expensive for no other reason than being what they can do for you at higher prices.

    And since Im assuming that you will be gaming at about 1920x1080 res. you wont need that much out of your CPU. Try getting an AMD Phenom 1xxxT with a new AM3+ MB, that way you should be able to save a bit and put it to better use in such things as PSU or graphics card as most games today can only utilize one core for gaming anyway and those who have 64bit compatibility only use 2 so getting anything with HyperThreading or a 8 core processor is just money that you wont have a use for.

    (If you cant find a Phenom 1xxxT CPU, a bulldozer 4 core will be fine too)

    And about that graphics card. There is NO reason for you to go with nVidia. I personally never touch anything else than nVidia and only have the highest end of intel processors but for such mundane tasks as 1080 gaming, AMD have a much better Price/Performance ratio. However I would suggest going for a 7850 as its much more important for just enhancing your gaming experience.

    (nVidia and AMD is not a brand of hardware, they are the developers of the technology and often use companys like Sapphire, XFX, Gigabyte, EVGA etc to make the cards that actually are sold and marketed.

    nVidia have a lot of processing power that is not used for gaming... They used to just be way better than AMD but have since the Tesla(project name for product) been focused on putting more rendering power in to the cards which games cant use, its all stuff that will make your 3D modeling and special effects for all those really long movies you're making go faster and seem much smoother though ;) )

    Also I dont know of all the computer hardware retailers in the US but from the perspective of a Swed that work and live computer hardware and retailers, its a really crappy site you linked to so I couldnt even bear to check if my suggestion are in that store but try to find them somewhere else, you will most likely save a bit of money on that.

    About SSD's they are very fast and I think you will gain more from them, just remember that they are NOT the same as a usual harddrive and you cant treat them the same, the fact that they DO NOT last as long as an HDD is just one example. Unfortunately I cant remember a very good article about the technology of SSDs but googling for the difference between SSD and HDD will most likely give you a good sense of what its all about.

    But if you want an SSD something such as OCZ Agility 3 or Corsair GT will be cheap (~100$ for 120GB) and will have a good SATA6 Read speed just make sure you get a SATA6 SSD and a SATA6 Motherboard.

    The priority list for a gaming rig though is

    To have a fairly good graphics card.

    Have enough ram to run the games 8-12GB is high recommended as a minimum.

    And after that, the CPU just needs to not suck so bad that it will drag the whole system down which almost anything with 4 cores wont do and have a power supply that wont fry your system, the amount of power doesnt matter aslong as you have enough (anything over 500w should be fine for just having 1 graphics card) but having a high quality 500w is miles better than having a 750w made out of old cans.


    Hope you can evade most people who just want to prove that the stuff they bought is better than anything else and then you just might get a really good deal! Have fun! :)

    Source(s): Master's Degree in Computer Engineering. And 20 years experience of Programming, Editing, Overclocking and Building and Selling Computers. Release information from sites like Sweclockers and Tomshardware. ALSO LINKS TO (Maybe) INTERESTING READS ABOUT COMPTUERS?;_ylt=AvIb9...;_ylt=ApNot...;_ylt=AlJfN...
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  • Try and aim for these spec wise at a minimum:

    Intel i5 or i7 processor at least 2.2GHz

    Nvidia graphics card/chip set, preferably the latest or previous model line

    6GB DDR3 RAM

    64 BIT OS

    Windows 7 Ultimate or Home premium (ultimate is best)


    Your spec is very good, but i would make a few recommendations

    1) Get higher power PSU - 700-800w

    2) Try an get a Nvidia graphics card (if budget stretches)

    3) Get around 8-12GB DDR3 Ram

    4) Replace the Hard Disk Drive with a Solid State Drive

    (Finally, don't forget thermal compound)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    "Your shopping cart is empty" Great choices!

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