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May 23, 2013 6:05:46 PM

Hi guys,

I am a first-time builder. As of a week ago, I had no idea what was in a computer, let alone how to execute a proper build. I have done a lot of research over the past few days, but I wanted to ask your opinion of this build for compatibility and performance:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZtCc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZtCc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZtCc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1126.03

I am most concerned with the case being able to house the components and contain the required cables in order to route everything properly. Is there anything I am missing to make this build work?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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May 23, 2013 6:13:08 PM

What is your location for local deals
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May 23, 2013 6:22:09 PM

giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 6:42:37 PM

IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?
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May 23, 2013 6:44:48 PM

envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?


Ah yes I am located in New York, ~15 minute drive from a Microcenter.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 6:50:47 PM

For a first build, that is really good. I changed 2 things: A modular PSU to help with cable management, and went from 21.5" to 23" monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($161.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1144.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 21:47 EDT-0400)
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May 23, 2013 6:54:10 PM

IceWorker said:
envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?


Ah yes I am located in New York, ~15 minute drive from a Microcenter.


Microcenter has deals on CPU + mobo. A 3570k+ Z77 Extreme 4 = $288 (includes tax)
It's a good deal, and maybe in the future you will want to overclock your CPU. This would allow you.
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May 23, 2013 6:55:11 PM

IceWorker said:
envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?


Ah yes I am located in New York, ~15 minute drive from a Microcenter.


Being near Microcenter will allow you to get better CPU and Motherboard for same or less than what has been sugested.
I would be glad to make some sugestions ased on a microcenter purchace.
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May 23, 2013 6:59:51 PM

envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?


Ah yes I am located in New York, ~15 minute drive from a Microcenter.


Microcenter has deals on CPU + mobo. A 3570k+ Z77 Extreme 4 = $288 (includes tax)
It's a good deal, and maybe in the future you will want to overclock your CPU. This would allow you.


I'll definitely look into them for that deal, thanks!
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May 23, 2013 7:05:38 PM

They will price match Newegg and also have good prices on Ram Kits.
They can be pricy on power supplies just have them match.
There people will make sure you have the correct cables if they do not come with the components.
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May 23, 2013 7:11:04 PM

giltyler said:
IceWorker said:
envy14tpe said:
IceWorker said:
giltyler said:
What is your location for local deals


I am located in the USA.


He meant city, state. He was asking if you are near a Microcenter store. Are you?


Ah yes I am located in New York, ~15 minute drive from a Microcenter.


Being near Microcenter will allow you to get better CPU and Motherboard for same or less than what has been sugested.
I would be glad to make some sugestions ased on a microcenter purchace.


Going with the above suggestion for the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and 3570k bundle for $288, do you have any further suggestions? Thanks.
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May 23, 2013 7:14:18 PM

giltyler said:
They will price match Newegg and also have good prices on Ram Kits.
They can be pricy on power supplies just have them match.
There people will make sure you have the correct cables if they do not come with the components.


So just to make sure I don't need extra adapters for the motherboard or other components, you would suggest I go there in person to run through the components?
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May 23, 2013 7:38:07 PM

Go with a list of what you need and I would double check pricing on Newegg to make sure to get the best prices.
The 3570K and ASROCK Extreme4 are good choices to build around.
They will have lots of cases to look at and it is better to buy somthing like that in person.
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May 23, 2013 7:42:40 PM

You chose an R4 case, and it is one of the best! It's quiet and cool. I love that case. And cable management is easy with it.

Microcenter usually gets you in the door with CPU + mobo prices, but newegg is usually cheaper for everything else.

Are you going to get a mechanical keyboard?
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May 23, 2013 8:07:55 PM

envy14tpe said:
You chose an R4 case, and it is one of the best! It's quiet and cool. I love that case. And cable management is easy with it.

Microcenter usually gets you in the door with CPU + mobo prices, but newegg is usually cheaper for everything else.

Are you going to get a mechanical keyboard?


Microcenter will match newegg no problem.
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May 23, 2013 8:29:00 PM

envy14tpe said:
You chose an R4 case, and it is one of the best! It's quiet and cool. I love that case. And cable management is easy with it.

Microcenter usually gets you in the door with CPU + mobo prices, but newegg is usually cheaper for everything else.

Are you going to get a mechanical keyboard?


I was already slightly over budget, so while I was initially going to look into a mechanical keyboard I think I will start with the base components and then perhaps purchase a better keyboard down the road.
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May 23, 2013 8:30:02 PM

giltyler said:
Go with a list of what you need and I would double check pricing on Newegg to make sure to get the best prices.
The 3570K and ASROCK Extreme4 are good choices to build around.
They will have lots of cases to look at and it is better to buy somthing like that in person.


Thank you for the advice, I will certainly follow it. Hoping to get to Microcenter this weekend with a list!
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May 23, 2013 9:34:36 PM

Hit us back if you need help with the build.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 10:33:51 PM

Upgrading is never bad. I did it with my keyboard. Bought a decent $45 keyboard and a year later I switched it for a $75 mechanical board. Love the new one.
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May 24, 2013 5:56:07 AM

giltyler said:
Hit us back if you need help with the build.


Alright, just one last thing. Do you think I need an after-market fan? And if so, how do I know that it doesn't conflict in dimension with the height of my RAM? When I go to Microcenter, I suppose this is another question I can ask :) .
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2013 7:11:51 AM

If you overclock you need a fan like the Cooler Master Evo. ($25) It could be an issue with the RAM, if you had 4 sticks of high profile RAM like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This can be avoided if you only use 2 sticks of RAM (2x4GB) or if you use low profile RAM like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just make sure you know the prices when you go in and don't get talked into buying something else.
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May 26, 2013 10:12:07 AM

Hi guys,

After a trip to microcenter, they unfortunately did not have all of the parts in my original build. I am satisfied with all of the changes they made, but I wanted to inquire about one big one:

Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
620 watt PSU

TO:

Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC
600 watt

I haven't unboxed yet. Is this graphics card a suitable replacement? And is the 20-Watt drop acceptable?

Thanks.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 26, 2013 7:10:02 PM

600W is still plenty for your build.
Did you get a Z77 or H77 motherboard? Even on a H77 mobo, the 3570k is faster than the 3470.
7870XT is faster, but hard to find.
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May 26, 2013 8:31:27 PM

+1 for Microcenter the 3570K is where you need to be if overclocking is in your plans that 3470 would have been a no go. With that 3570K being only $169 there is no reason not to get it.
7870 GHZ is a fine card and offers one of the best values in performance per dollar.
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May 28, 2013 8:29:20 PM

envy14tpe said:
600W is still plenty for your build.
Did you get a Z77 or H77 motherboard? Even on a H77 mobo, the 3570k is faster than the 3470.
7870XT is faster, but hard to find.


I did get the Asrock Z77 Pro 4 motherboard, as suggested by Microcenter for the combo with the 3570k. And, I am happy to inform you that because of you guys' help with the build, I am currently typing this from my newly built computer! It is running flawlessly so far, I haven't had a new Desktop PC in over 7 years. Thank you for all of your help! :) 
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May 28, 2013 8:58:49 PM

Very cool glad you are up and running without any issues.
Post up some pics
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 10:08:03 PM

Nice build. That's a beast of a machine and it'll be highly competitive for many years.

If you do overclock do it slowly and read up on it.
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