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August 20, 2013 7:17:53 PM

Hey guys, I'm going to be building my first computer in a couple of days and want some opinions on the parts someone on here has chosen for me. Any input is welcomed.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $618.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 21:57 EDT-0400)

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August 20, 2013 7:25:15 PM
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For the budget you've got there, you really can't do any better. It's not overclockable, but as your first build that's not a bad thing. And even without OCing, the 3350P is formidable for gaming and productivity. I prefer the 7870 over the 660 because of the limited memory controller, but for casual to mid-range gaming it isn't a problem.

Just be aware that Microcenter ( your mboard is currently selected from there, ) doesn't ship, so you have to pick up orders there in person.
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