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Critique my Budget Intel Build

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July 30, 2013 12:32:14 PM

This is my 1st build in 6 years. How did I do? Total price I paid yesterday was $715 after rebates, taxes, shipping.

Using it for CPU intensive computer simultations and light gaming. The biggest dilemma I had was: 3570K + better mobo + free single channel ram VS 4570 + cheaper mobo + better 1866 dual channel ram... for roughly the same price.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased for $220.00)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $170.00)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased for $50.00)
Total: $714.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 15:55 EDT-0400)

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July 30, 2013 12:35:42 PM

Could've saved a bit and get gtx 760 instead of 7870.
Other than that it's a nice build. Maybe an aftermarket CPU cooler?
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July 30, 2013 12:47:43 PM

JavaSun said:
Could've saved a bit and get gtx 760 instead of 7870.
Other than that it's a nice build. Maybe an aftermarket CPU cooler?


The 7870 was on sale when I got it yesterday @ $170 vs $240 for the GTX 760 so I couldnt justify the difference.

I tried to really take the "don't cheap out on the MOBO and PSU" to heart, but feel that I may have overspent on those for a budget build. What do you guys think?

Yes, planning on a CPU cooler when I overclock but I think it should run cool enough at stock for now?
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July 30, 2013 1:00:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $777.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 16:00 EDT-0400)
your build doesnt have ram, since you arent getting a aftermarket cooler i used the 4670 to save some money, threw in small ssd just for the os to get fast boot times.

oops didnt see you already purchased, this is what i would have done for $777
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