My first PC build. Need some thoughts about it

By Jessy12 ยท 7 replies
Feb 9, 2012
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  1. Hi, I'm new here and wanna see some of your thoughts about my first pc build..

    CPU : Intel Core i5-2400 3.1-3.4GHz Turbo Quad-Core
    MB : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3
    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (4GBx2) 1600 CL9
    GPU : (Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB or EVGA GTX 560 Ti 1GB Dual fans)?
    HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s
    SSD : Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SATA 3 6Gb/s
    OD : ASUS 24X DVDwriter SATA DRW-24B3ST
    PSU : SilverStone 500W Strider Plus 80PLUS Bronze (Modular)
    ATX : NZXT (Lexa S Steel) Midtower Chassis

    I'm not going to overclock it now but I chose Z68 board for future proof, maybe in future I'm gonna upgrade some parts and going to overclock it.

    How about my GPU? They're both at the same price, a little difference in price though, but what should I choose? Is Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 have good cooling system? A reliable one than the EVGA GTX 560 Ti?

    Thank you in advance;)
  2. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    Do not get the Seagate HDD, crap! Go with Western Digital Caviar Black or Blue. I would skip the mechanical HDD and up the size of the SSD to 128gig. Can you put the prices in that you are planning to pay, that way I can tell you if there is a better option for the same price.
  3. Jessy12

    Jessy12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for your advice ,but I don't know what the price currently is.
  4. Cerf

    Cerf TS Rookie Posts: 23

    650W or more power supply would be a better choice.
  5. Jessy12

    Jessy12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for your recomment, 650W ? But i feel it is a little high,and I want to save power .what's your thought with this ?
  6. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    I can't tell you why Cerf recommended the 650W PSU. But I do agree with him. although your 500W PSU should run that system fine. If you ever wanted to upgrade you would want a little more leeway then what the 500W will offer you. Also, If you ask me. The PSU is one of the single most important components in a system. If you're getting that 500W make sure to get a good quality one. Don't be afraid to spend a bit of cash.. you will not regret

    In regards to your choice of GPU. I think the Sapphire HD 6950 has great cooling. At least it does for me. I use the same model and it never gets over 55c in my system. In addition its pretty quiet compared to other models.
  7. Jessy12

    Jessy12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Blkfx1,Thank you for your good advice.I will try to change the the 650W PSU ,looking forward to be better .Cheers ,you have choose the same GPU.
    Thanks again.
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Gotta agree, just get a SSD and if you have a spare HDD around for storing main data use that.

    Not sure about the CPU, haven't heard much about the 2400 version.

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