Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareDesktops · 6 years ago

Is this a good gaming desktop build?

I am looking for an Intel based gaming build that I will upgrade within the next year. I have done some research and want to find out if this is a system that has good upgrade abilities. I know as of right now the system is bad, but I am on a low budget (550 max). I do not want an AMD processor because they have so many different socket types. Please tell me if this is an ok system or not and if it will be easy to upgrade the cpu and gpu.

My build:

PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:


CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Wintec Value 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.26 @ Amazon)

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $538.17

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 06:03 EDT-0400)

Thanks for your time,



I know the RAM is small but thats one of the first things i will be upgrading. I have an external 700gb hard drive which has usb 3.0 so thats where ill store all my data until i get an internal one or get more ssd

Update 2:

Again, I am on a very limited budget, but I am going to be upgrading this system. My budget is about 300-400$ per year. The first thing I will be doing is getting a good video card and more ram. The next thing i will focus on is my cpu. after that I should be set for about 2 years.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago
    Best Answer

    Its ok a low end gaming computer

  • ?
    Lv 5
    6 years ago

    "I do not want an AMD processor because they have so many different socket types."

    That's not a good reason not to want AMD CPUs - especially since Intel are currently swinging more different sockets AND change sockets more regularly than AMD. There are other reasons to want Intel over AMD, just not socket numbers.

    It's ok, but;

    - get 2 sticks of Ram; memory works in "dual-channel" mode on modern PCs, so you get roughly double memory performance by having two sticks of Ram.

    - You don't have a graphics card. That's not problem if you aren't gaming, as you can use the onboard graphics, but you'll be extremely limited if you do plan on gaming

    - You have a locked (non- "K") CPU, but a Z87 motherboard. You can't overclock your CPU, so you could get a cheaper "H" chipset board. The "Z" board gives options for future overclocking if you upgrade to a "K" CPU, though

    - SSD is way too small - you'll just about get your OS on there, but that's about it.

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