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May 7, 2013 9:06:01 AM

First, I've done a ton of research and read a lot of good advice from these forums so I appreciate the help. My challenge is that I want to build a solid box and I don't play games. I'm trying to keep the price around $600. What do you guys think about my setup I'm planning to order?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: None (stock fans)
Power: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS ($37 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 ($95 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ($110 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (repurposed)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III Solid State Disk ($100 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1 GB DDR3 Video Card ($30 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Case ($60 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG Bluray (repurposed)
Monitor: Dell 19" Monitor (repurposed)
Keyboard: stock
Mouse: stock

I don't do video editing or anything like that. I do watch movies via Plex and backup to a Synology NAS. I have a feeling the RAM is overkill and I could get away with 8GB. My reasoning is that I want to future proof while the prices are cheap. Is this necessary? Any changes or recommendations? Thanks!
May 7, 2013 9:16:31 AM

It looks like a good build i'm partial to ASUS motherboards. Also think unless your going to be doing extreme computing there is no need for 16 GB of ram, 8 GB will do just fine. I would also check the motherboard manufactures website to make sure the cpu and the memory are completely compatible.
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May 7, 2013 9:18:16 AM

your whole rig is overkill for your task.get i3 3220 and cxv2 500w psu and hd 6450 for gpu and h77 mobo
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May 7, 2013 9:23:20 AM

man you use a 200$ CPU and a 30$ card?if you really want to save cost just buy a core i3-3220 and a B75/H77 mobo.or wait for 4th gen core's. they will have better iGPU so you can play games at least medium settings. if you want to pass your time.also 16GB is massively overkill. 8GB should be enough futureproof for you.hat should keep your budget well under 600$
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May 7, 2013 9:23:59 AM

Yes, you are right. Get 8GB. Only editors need 16GB. Save the money. Upgrade to Crucial M4. I've read some bad things about the Samsung 840 (non Pro).

Unless you want to overclock, grab a 3470 instead of a 3570k.

Get rid of that video card. If you think you need one then get this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/galaxy-video-card-61tgs4hx...
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May 7, 2013 9:35:33 AM

Microcenter bundles CPU + mobo: 3570k + ASRock Extreme 4 = $285 Awesome deal!!!

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May 7, 2013 9:38:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($128.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($98.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($43.13 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.14 @ Amazon)
Total: $482.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 12:38 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2013 9:44:37 AM

+1 for abvove rig.enough for you
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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2013 9:59:31 AM

On a non gaming build the A10 is killer:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.63 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $527.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 12:59 EDT-0400)
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May 7, 2013 10:02:53 AM

A10-5800K bundle is perfect at $170, and it will crush all applications and or everyday usage.

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May 7, 2013 11:42:42 AM

You guys are awesome. I really appreciate all the feedback. Glad I asked!
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