Looking for any problems with this Build. Was asked by co-worker who wants to buy parts for son to build. He is either a Junior or Senior in HS. Use will be general purpose with some Gaming. Currently gaming on Xbox. The GPU I omitted in cost and go with the iGPU HD4000
and later upgrade to the 6870, or an 77xx.
Unsure of the Budget, but she did not blink (too hard) when I said about a Grand.
More than a few people have popped up here on toms having problems with the Biostar boards. I would switch that out for an Asus P8Z77 series board. The Asus boards are more expensive but they will last a lot longer and not give anyone a headache in the process.
Drop the Windows 7 from the purchase price. Since it's being built for a student he may be eligible to get Windows 7 for free through school, find out first.
I've never used the Biostar. Picked it for the reviews @ newegg but they can be misleading. Normally I pick Gigabyte and last build was with a Asrock. Have had no problems with either, But looking at the Z77s seems a lot of the Gigabyte seem to have higher 1/2 egg comments. Will check on a "student" copy. Thanks.
Microcenter was on my mind, But the nearest one is about 165 Miles (Near DC). There is a 2nd one a little farther in MD. I've popped into both as they are both just 5 Miles out of my way when I drive up to see my Son. And they often run a combo on MB + CPU. Will mention it to her.
Toms did a Z77 mid range board comparison with included the BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 model. It fell behind in DRAM overclocking and I've dealt with at least one or two posts with DRAM problems on that board since. I would personally go with Asus because I'm an Asus fanboy but Gigabyte is quite reputable as well
While I listed the i5-3570K, I choose it for the HD4000 iDGP, not so much for Overclocking. Probably will not OC, But he may down stream. Will Have to check "qualified memory" for the two boards. I picked the Ripjaw's because they worked very well on My Gigabitye i5-750 and My Astock i5-2500k (DDR3-1600 CL7 @ 1.60 V)