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July 8, 2012 4:49:16 PM

Hey guys what up. I'm planning on doing my first build for my parents sometime next month, and I plan on getting it from micro center. My parents are covering up to $550 and after that I'm covering the rest so let's assume the budget is at max $600 including tax. Its meant more for word processing and web browsing than anything as well as futureproofing but it would be cool to play games on it.
Here's what I got so far:
i5 3570k (may over clock in future)
Seagate 1tb hard drive 7200rpm ( plus old 160gb hd from old PC)
Asrock extreme 4 z77 (for future over clocking potential)
2x (8gb 1333 crucial 4*2 ram)= 16gb ddr3 1333 ram
Lg DVD rw 22x burner
Diablotek mid atx case evo
Thermalatake 600w psu
Cooler master 212 plus CPU fan (for overclocking)
Anti static bracelet and mat
Total $660 ft tax

As you can see I overkilled my budget slightly so some recommendations would be great. Also should I get 1600 ram rather than 1333 or a cheaper psu or less ram or less CPU or different mobo. I'm just looking for general advice and experience or even a whole new build. Thanks.

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July 8, 2012 4:50:39 PM

I hope you know you won't be gaming without a GPU. For word processing and web browsing it's mega overkill.
July 8, 2012 4:59:39 PM

OK what do you think a more balanced computer would be then? Btw the OS would be windows 7
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July 8, 2012 5:08:41 PM

Well with this you'll be running games on high from the start

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($187.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 8, 2012 5:20:50 PM

The build listed above by FinneousPJ would be perfect. Its much more balanced than the one listed, and while the one you made yourself is also very good, it does not have a video card, which is usually required for gaming.