First PC Build - Versatile PC w/ Limited Gaming Capability

Hey all,

I'm building my first desktop and was hoping to get opinions on the parts that I've picked out. I've been using this site, pcpartpicker, and newegg a lot with putting these parts together. So, I'm hoping they'll be quality picks that will all work together. You will find a summary of my parts/requirements below using the sticky thread from FinneousPJ as a template:

Approximate Purchase Date: July or August 2013

Budget Range: $700 - $900 after rebates and after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1) Limited gaming. By this I mean playing older games like KOTR I and II, Sid Meier's Civ V, ect. I'm not going to be going all out with running Battlefield 3 or Skyrim on high fps with this build. 2) Work. I'm an accountant, and we love spreadsheets. So, I might have upwards of 10 open at a time that I would be working with. I don't think that should be a problem nowadays, but I thought I'd mention it. 3) Watching movies. I am also intending to stream Netflix or Hulu on this build too. Overall - I want this build to be an investment that will work very well for right now in terms of speed and meeting my current needs while being able to last a long time without having to upgrade memory, RAM, or CPU.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I was going to wait until I got my build vetted here. Not too concerned with the monitor at this point in the process.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. I can get Windows 8 through my work at a pretty good deal. So, I'm probably going to go with that as the OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: for mostly everything because it is well-known and seems to have some pretty good deals with everything, but I will use a different provider if the price difference is worth it.

Parts Preferences: Not really concerned about the name on the parts except for and Intel CPU. I just want quality parts that will last for a long time for everything else.

Overclocking: Maybe but probably not.

Additional Comments: I would like to have a quieter build that won't overheat, and I'm not too worried about the appearance other than that the wires and parts being organized inside the case. This is the main reason I chose the case and PSU that I did based on the feedback from newegg and these forums.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Boot Drive)

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Actual Storage)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Total cost: ~$800 depending on the week.

I would appreciate your thoughts or suggestions on this build and let me know if there are any clarifying questions that I can answer to make the feedback more applicable. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Your cpu cannot be OC so drop the z77 mobo to a h77 with the savings move up to a 128gb ssd rather than the 64.
  2. That looks pretty good. I just changed a few things around. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($168.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $906.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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