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April 7, 2013 4:48:25 PM

This is my build----- http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P9H2

I am building this computer to do primarily school work and can handle a lot of programs at one time, then I want to be able to play games fairly easily at very high settings such as far cry 3, etc.

Any suggestions on how to improve or is this build pretty good?

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April 7, 2013 4:51:29 PM

Where are you going to find the 7870 XT? Get the Powercolor Myst edition instead. Same performance.
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April 7, 2013 4:52:47 PM

Yeah, I am waiting for the 7870 of any manufacturer to be at a price of 180-210 dollars before I purchase it.
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April 7, 2013 5:00:25 PM

Your build is very solid. However, will you be looking to overclock the Cpu? You don't include a heatsink/fan in your build, but you opted for the "k" version of the Cpu. Other than changing out some parts for slightly cheaper ones(that perform the same) there isn't much else I'd do. Perhaps change the case? If you prefer that case however, nothing wrong with it. Just saving money, I'd go for something like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.70 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $842.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 19:59 EDT-0400)

I only shaved 10 dollars off, but I included the Hyper 212 Evo cooler. If you don't want to bother with overclocking, you can save even more. Go with the 3470 Cpu, an H77 chipset motherboard and no cooler.
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April 7, 2013 5:17:28 PM

ballerslife said:
There was just an article that said that graphics card price will increase.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/DRAM-DDR3-Price-Increa...

You might want to buy it now. And the 7870xt isn't going down to $210. There's already very high demand for it.


+1 for the 7870le or 7870xt, this card should be the 7930 :D 
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April 7, 2013 5:18:37 PM

Thank you, I am trying to get most parts from Microcenter and Newegg, but in general do you think my build is fine for what I need?
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April 7, 2013 5:20:30 PM

I do not think I will be overclocking that much, maybe wont even overclock.
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April 7, 2013 5:31:09 PM

If you are fortunate enough to live near a Microcenter, that's great. Save some more money. Taking the ability to overclock out of the loop, then I'd go for:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.70 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $705.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 20:29 EDT-0400)

Regardless, your build will do just fine for what you want it to do.
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April 7, 2013 5:36:44 PM

Thank you
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