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Help Me Finalize My $1500 Gaming Rig

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May 16, 2012 3:15:04 AM

I've already picked out the components but would appreciate your opinion on a part that you would think is better and why. Feel free to trash my build and make a new one!
(this is my first build)

Approximate Purchase Date: This upcoming weekend (taking a trip up to Micro Center)

Budget Range: $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, surfing the internet, watching Netflix

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Micro Center

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No preferences, just quality

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I've spend a good amount of time researching all my parts and this is what I came up with..

CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $190 at Micro Center
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard - $60 (if purchased with the i5 3570K processor) at Micro Center
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $260 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $60 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan - $24 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/HDD: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE/Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $170 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel (2x4GB) - $40 at Micro Center
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $18 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit - $129 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers - $170 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $68 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard - $62 at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $100

Total(including tax and shipping)=~$1460

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May 16, 2012 3:35:01 AM

First - you're spending way too much on peripherals - you can always get those later. You're going way too cheap on the motherboard - mATX will be incredibly frustrating in the long run as your expansion options will be way limited, this will be a far better board for your build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also want to ditch the 1.65V RAM - it won't work well with Ivy Bridge - you need 1.5V - get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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