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$800 better spent? compatibility?

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June 1, 2012 5:19:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $800 after rebates

System Usage: internet stuff, amateur photo editing, music tinkering (nothing serious), diablo 3 but no other gaming

Parts Not Required: Windows, Keyboard, Mouse, DVD Burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or whatever's cheapest, i don't have access to a microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Eventually

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150560

Monitor: Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

through combo finagling $872 -$50 MIR -$15 Gift Card +$0 shipping = $807

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June 1, 2012 6:00:48 AM

For D3, that is actually pretty good. Some will say to downgrade the CPU and upgrade the GPU, but I think it is fine as is.
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June 1, 2012 6:19:07 AM

The rosewill challenger is a dog .

Tomshardware gave it an award for being cheap , and wished they could have afforded a case made of decent thick steel and better plastic like the Antec 300.

That Antec 300 is now cheaper than the challenger , partly because it didnt win an award , and partly because it has been replaced by the Antec 300 two .

Since your mb has a header for front USB 3 I suggest you spend a bit extra and get a case with fron USB 3 ports .

The Antec 300 two, or the HAF 912 advanced

If you need to trim money from the other components to afford those or another quality case then you can comfortably drop the psu to a 450-500 watt unit
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June 1, 2012 6:57:35 PM

Thanks for the responses. Unfortunately, all my combos went to *** because it's the first of the month I guess. Have to start from scratch sort of.
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June 1, 2012 7:04:48 PM

you have a good case, downgrade your cpu to a 2500k, save some $ but have same preformance, change your card if you want to do alot of gaming i suggest a radeon 6850
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June 1, 2012 11:09:44 PM

ToKiiNz said:
you have a good case, downgrade your cpu to a 2500k, save some $ but have same preformance, change your card if you want to do alot of gaming i suggest a radeon 6850


The Challenger is a cheap case , not a good case . Here is the Toms article conclusion , and award
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nzxt-gamma-rosewill...

"Rosewill wins the value competition (and consequently, our Recommended Buy award). But we can only really sign off on it for buyers who have extremely tight budgets. All but one of the cases we looked at today are made of 0.6 mm or thinner steel and lack the durability (and noise dampening) we prefer for long-term (and daily) use. The one exception, Antec’s Three Hundred is priced beyond the $50 target set forth during the planning stages of this piece. Though many of us have also been accused of being cheap, we’d all gladly pay a few dollars more for a 0.8 mm-thick model."
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June 2, 2012 1:57:20 AM

You've sold me on a better case, but the notion of durability seems kind of silly to me in regards to a computer case. I mean, what exactly does the case have to endure - the gradual wearing away of its surface by floating dust particles? I guess if you have kids or rearrange your furniture a lot then it might make a difference, but I just can't see .2mm of thickness having any actual consequences in 99.9% of real world scenarios.
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June 2, 2012 2:02:01 AM

would you buy a car knowing it had been made as lightly and cheaply as possible because 99.9% of the time it would be OK ?

A good case can last for many computer builds . Ive had at least 3 different motherboards in the one I currently use , two power supplies 5 different graphics cards, 3 different hard drives , 2 dvd drives
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