How is this for a build?

I am trying to make a pretty decent computer for gaming and everyday stuff and some video rendering. I will scrap parts frim my old cmputer, which is mostly except for the cpu and motherboard, those will be new. Please giveme suggestion and opinions on my PC, thank you. 


CPU: Intel Core i5 3550 (

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50

Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43  (

RAM: ADATA Gaming Series 8GB (2x4GB)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870

PSU:  Corsair TX650M (650W)

SSD: Corsair Force 3 120 GB (Boot Drive)

SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB (thinking of RAID, should I RAID both ssd?)

HDD: 1TB Western Digital Green (Storage Drive)

DVD: Some Asus dvd writer

CASE: Raidmax Aeolus VL edition

OS: Windows 7 


I only have $400 to spend thats the cap, including tax and shipping if not bought locally. the only things I can switch out is the motherbored and cpu so thats what I can spend $400 on. Buying the Mobo and Cpu I have planned, it comes out to be $300 with tax. So please let me know how this will perform and how well would it do the tasks I want it to do. Thank you. 



Looks good to me, but just keep in mind that you're not going to be able to overclock that CPU. Also, I don't know why you're getting two different SSDs. Just get two of the same model and put them in RAID 0.

Other than that, I would suggest a better case. Raidmax cases were pretty bad the last time I checked. If you can't find anything better due to the budget then don't worry about it though.

If your going to get an i5, get one of the unlocked chips, either the 2500k or the 3570k, else you might as well not have the cooler. Didn't this thread already happen?

If its cheaper you can go for the 2500k, since due to its greater OC potential its just as good as the 3570k but without PCI-e 3.0, which is honestly worthless unless you're planning on breaking into a Quad-SLI build soon. 

Pretty sure everything but the CPU and mobo he already owns.

It's not like you can really do Quad SLI on most Z77 motherboards anyway...unless you get a couple of dual GPU cards of course.

Lol, I was wondering how he was going to buy all of that on such a tight budget.

But yeah, CloudScorpion is right. Fry's has the 2500K for only $10 more, and you're going to be able to overclock it like crazy.

Yeah i was actually thinking of choosing the i5 3570k since its only $20 more and I have 100 to spare but idk if that board I have, can OC. If it cant I thought it would be pointless for me to get an unlocked chip. Im not so sure. will it be pointless? or will I actually get a bigger performance even if that board cant OC.

Errmm... I should go to bed, but give me a min I'll look up some data on Intel mobos to see which one would give you a solid OC without costing you an arm and a leg.

This is probably going to be the best board for around that price:

Ok here we go, after doing (too much) research, it seems that these provide the best OC potential for their price, a bit expensive but it'll be worth it.

Newegg -

Amazon (price states you can get it for $109.99) -

The latter is the better board but it may be sketchy from Amazon or some shit I dunno 

Thanks everyone :) Your suggestions were greatly appreciated

Amazon is pretty solid. I trust everything I buy from there as long as it's new. Definitely go with the Extreme 4. I've heard it's a pretty awesome board, especially for the price.