My first build: what do you think?

My first build: what do you think? Topic: Dvd case sizes
May 26, 2019 / By Cailyn
Question: It's not meant for gaming, but I built it so I would have room to upgrade should the need arise (it's for my parents who never do any hardcore computing). Core i5 2500K 4GB DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Sport 1333 Mhz (Can I push this memory to 1600 Mhz without damaging it?) ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V NZXT H2 Mid-size case Standard Asus DVD Burner Cooler Master 212+ Win7 Home Prem OEM 128GB Crucial C300 SSD total: $950
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Alphonsine Alphonsine | 8 days ago
Considering that it's not a gaming computer, this should be more than enough power for your parents. Pretty good in my opinion. And about the memory, you won't really notice any difference at all between 1333 and 1600, so I would say it's just easier to not push it up.
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Alphonsine Originally Answered: Is this a good build for a PC tower? New build! Any suggestions?
So from what I am gathering, you want to build a media computer that will hook up to your TV. Although as you say you "might" play some online games, that isn't your intention. Well, you should decide if it is your intention. Let me put this into a perspective for you. The media computer that I WAS using, was an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ machine. It had a simple 2.1ghz single core processor, 2gb of Ram, running on an ASRock board with XP Pro. I was using a Big Dog GeForce 5200 that had VGA, SVideo and DVI out. For storage, I would just add 500gb Western Digital externals when I needed more room. That was until last week... and I used that box for years as my Media machine. Last week, the power supply finally died, so I took advantage of the situation, and decided to recycle an AMD Athlon 64 FX 3800+... it's a dual core 2.0ghz. It's a 939 chip, so I just got a cheap 939 board that would let me use my DDR Ram (no need to waste two perfectly good 1gb sticks). So, although I stepped up to a dual core, I stepped down in speed. I didn't need the speed for playing movies and music and surfing the net. So, do you NEED what you are building for what you want to do? Absolutely not. Will you need the Core i7? Nope. Will you need a better video card later on? Nope. Is there anything wrong with what you are building? Other than the fact that it is overkill in just about every area... there's nothing wrong with it. I just would never use a Mustang SSP 5.0 to haul firewood. end of line
Alphonsine Originally Answered: Is this a good build for a PC tower? New build! Any suggestions?
Depends on your budget. 1155 is soon to be outdated, if you can afford the 1366 that is the upgradep ath you would want to take... Even though the LGA2011 will be out later this year, they will still make octacores for the 1366 platform, this including the triple channel memory sets and QPI interface which makes everything much faster. Next would be your video card.. If you are making a gaming computer, this would be great for WoW but not much more. If you are stuck on ATI at least get a 6970 as the 5770 is old and dated.. Also check out the Nvidia 570 which is in the same price range (350$) - Your video card should be the most expensive piece of hardware in a gaming pc or it simply isnt a gaming pc..
Alphonsine Originally Answered: Is this a good build for a PC tower? New build! Any suggestions?
You only need 4gb and why not get a single 2tb hard drive rather than dual 1tb's. The rest of it is fine, not would I would choose myself, but it is compatible and a good spec. If you are not into gaming then the mobo you have chosen is fine. Maybe look into getting a small, fast hard drive 10,000rpm Raptor or 15,000rpm Cheetah or an Intel SSD to hold your operating system and programs with the 2tb purely for media storage. Nice PSU but overkill for a system that isn't for gaming. A branded 500W would be ample. I might go for a Nexus Caterpillar case over the cooler master too. http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Nexus+Version+1+-+Silenced+ATX+%2F+M%2FATX+case+?productId=28763

Van Van
this is more than your general use computer, your parents will be very very pleased it will speed through anything your parents can throw at it. i would say just get a 320 gig sata 2 drive and plug it in as a data drive as you will be amazed however quick 128 gigs will fill up when that drive has windows on it aswell. you would almost be better off spending less money on the 64 gig version of that drive and telling your parents to always install programs onto the data drive, with all this the is spec to put a 6950 hd in here that will instantly turn it into a machine that can max out almost any current gaming title. its very very good.
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Van Originally Answered: Rate PC build/help with build?
If you have the money go with i7 and 8 gigs ram and an Nvidia GC. The specs you listed might run the game but not like most people would like. Its going to be spendy for a good PC mine was around $2000. But for around 900-1000 you can buy a great PC!

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