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July 11, 2013 8:25:42 PM

My goal was to build a PC for around $800. Here is what I have:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $852.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 23:22 EDT-0400)

A little over my budget so if I can slim it down at all I would like to, but to be honest I'm set on most of this. Really I guess I'm asking for opinions, this will be my first ever PC that I've built. Thanks!

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July 11, 2013 8:33:24 PM

why not haswell build?
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July 11, 2013 8:40:18 PM

AMD Radeon said:
why not haswell build?


mainly because I have no idea what that means. I have never done builds before
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July 11, 2013 8:41:19 PM

Looks really nice to me but if you can get haswell for the same price you might as well. You wont really notice the difference in cpu performance though.

EDIT: Haswell is the newest intel processors, the 4000 series. You have an Ivy Bridge (3000 series) in your build. Haswell is socket 1150 so you'd need a different motherboard if you went that route.
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July 11, 2013 8:52:33 PM

vedeyn said:
Looks really nice to me but if you can get haswell for the same price you might as well. You wont really notice the difference in cpu performance though.

EDIT: Haswell is the newest intel processors, the 4000 series. You have an Ivy Bridge (3000 series) in your build. Haswell is socket 1150 so you'd need a different motherboard if you went that route.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 23:52 EDT-0400)

So is this what you mean?
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July 11, 2013 9:13:00 PM

Frederd4 said:
vedeyn said:
Looks really nice to me but if you can get haswell for the same price you might as well. You wont really notice the difference in cpu performance though.

EDIT: Haswell is the newest intel processors, the 4000 series. You have an Ivy Bridge (3000 series) in your build. Haswell is socket 1150 so you'd need a different motherboard if you went that route.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 23:52 EDT-0400)

So is this what you mean?

I just built a computer for $770. I used a AMD FX-4130 which I think I got for $99 from Microcenter. It may have a slightly higher TDP than an Intel processor, but it does the same job and just as well as an Intel. It almost always come down to what name you want.
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July 11, 2013 9:47:56 PM

Frederd4 said:
vedeyn said:
Looks really nice to me but if you can get haswell for the same price you might as well. You wont really notice the difference in cpu performance though.

EDIT: Haswell is the newest intel processors, the 4000 series. You have an Ivy Bridge (3000 series) in your build. Haswell is socket 1150 so you'd need a different motherboard if you went that route.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 23:52 EDT-0400)

So is this what you mean?


Yes. Only thing is though im not sure if that motherboard can overclock. Since you're getting the K version CPU I'll assume you plan to overclock eventually. You're going to want a z87 for that cpu, you currently have a h87. This will all bring the cost up and tbh you could stick with what you had before and be totally fine, it comes down to whether or not you want the latest and greatest. The performance difference wont be huge though i can tell you that.
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