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April 1, 2013 8:19:31 PM

This will be my time building my own computer and I was aiming for a relevent gaming computer near $1000 or less. I had a few questions about the parts that I have picked out.
1. Will everything be compatible?
2. Will everything fit in the case?
3. Is there better or cheaper parts I didn't see?
4. How large of a PSU will I need?
5. Will all of this run on Windows 7? (its ok if not)

Everything here is available on Newegg.com

- ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$184.99 with instant discount

- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
$219.99 with instant discount

- EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$199.99 with instant discount

- G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
$66.99

- Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99 with instant discount

- Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 with instant discount

- SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS
$20.99

The whole things without a PSU and an OS with the discounts is $827.93

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April 1, 2013 8:25:57 PM

Even though it's only a few bucks more, I'd drop down to 1600MHz RAM, as you don't get any practical benefit on an Intel system from having RAM faster than that.

Barracudas run hot and noisy - I'd replace that with a Western Digital Blue or Black, which fixes those problems and has a better warranty anyways.
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April 1, 2013 8:38:20 PM

Here you go for some options to conisder:

AMD Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.13 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1015.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 23:39 EDT-0400)

Intel Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1060.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 23:36 EDT-0400)

* Both builds are quite good. Both CPU's will OC pretty easily, if you desire to do that.
* The GPU is better than the GTX 660 and should do quite well.
* Case is good and has front USB 3.0 ports, if you desire that.
* PSU can power any single GPU out on the market!
* I also added a 250 gb SSD, so you can install the OS, games and apps on it to improve boot and load times. This will make the system quite snappy :) 
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April 2, 2013 11:04:22 AM

I really like the intel build, I dont think I would put in a SSD, at least not yet, with that extra money I would still like to get the ASUS P8Z77-V LGA motherboard, it will let me expand more in the future if I want to. Thanks alot for those builds, it really helped making the desicions.
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