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First PC Build - Versatile PC w/ Limited Gaming Capability

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May 17, 2013 7:52:00 PM

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!
May 17, 2013 7:59:41 PM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
May 17, 2013 8:03:37 PM

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.)