Is this a good build for a beginner


Jul 3, 2013

K changed and do you think I should lower the psu from 520 to 400 or 450 I mean it only takes about 320 watts.


Mar 6, 2012

You have the right idea, but some components should not be considered at all and here is why.

Your spending about $200 on your crappy FX CPU and liquid cooler. You could be getting a much better haswell i5 for less. Skip the liquid cooling and the FX CPU. Also your spending $100 on a motherboard you don't need. Your memory is fine. All 8gb 1600 kits will be pretty much the same. Your Hard Drive, Case and PSU are complete garbage. Get rid of them and don't look back. Your GPU is fine, but you could be getting a much better one.

Here is what I would recommend for about $840. I know its a little on the high side, but its definitely worth it!

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.52 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $838.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 23:07 EDT-0400)

Your getting a powerful Haswell i5 which will perform exceptional in gaming. I also through in a basic B85 motherboard that will cover your needs. I through in 8gb of DDR3 1600 memory. As I said before it doesn't really matter the brand you choose. I don't think you'll be needing a full terabyte so I switched it to a cheaper and better 500gb Seagate Drive.
The graphics card is now the EVGA GTX 760. Phenomenal card at a great price! Great cooler on it btw. I switched the case to my favourite budget case...the Corsair 200r. At $30 you can't go wrong:) I added a 550w 80+ gold haswell compatible power supply. Its made by the best brand(Seasonic) and it will cover your needs with plenty of room to spare.

I hope this helped you. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Tabris DarkPeace

Jul 3, 2013
For that motherboard, with the Intel B85 chipet, I would suggest swapping the Patriot RAM with Kingston HyperX at the same 'effective' clock as the CPU with lower latency.

The Haswell's have 4 ALU's, instead of 3, so they are once again more sensitive to latency vs throughput.
- Instead of minor stutter in games you'll get no stutter (unless the HDD is accessed).