My first build, feedback requested


Sep 24, 2011
I'm looking to build a good all around pc that will primarily be used for mmorpg gaming, but also a little bit of everything else. I'm hoping to have a somewhat future proof computer that I'll be able to upgrade and still be happy with 4 years from now. (hence the empty ram slots and room to SLI or CF in the future)

Im looking for feedback on A. does everything I've picked out actually work together and B. any areas Im gunna cause a bottleneck or I am spending too much money. My budget was $1200, but i forgot to factor in the OS so my new budget is $1400ish. I already have an LG IPS236 23inch monitor.

Also, I should point out, I've just been picking my parts so far, havent done any shopping around to find the best deals yet, or look for any combos.

After many hours of reading/watching reviews heres what I've come up with for my first build (or should I just copy one of the budget builds from this forum...)

Typed this all out before I realized I could make a wishlist public...

Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $124.99

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold $169.99 (139.99 after MIR)
I know its overkill, but the idea here is that it'll be future proof.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $27.99

NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK $109.99
totally open to suggestions on the case

PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti $234.99 (204.99 after MIR)
no preference on Nividia or AMD, just looking for the most bang for the buck under $250. And to be able to SLI or CF in the future.

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $59.99

Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA III Internal SSD $165.99
I know its not necessary for a gaming rig.

Western Digital Caviar Black1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99

SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support $64.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $189.99

Thanks ahead of time for the feedback.


Aug 5, 2011
Pretty good, but a couple of suggestions.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is cheaper and quieter with the same performance.

You can get Win7 Home Premium OEM for $100. Make sure you get 64 bit
There's no real difference.

I don't know what your logic is in buying a blu-ray drive, but you might want to just skip it. Technology to play blu-ray disks on a computer is very poor right now because of drm and other annoyances. One day games might come on blu-ray, but dvd/cd writers are $20 so you might want to wait a year or two until the brice of blu-ray drives comes down and they're more useful.

Get 1.5V RAM for the same price.