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Going for a ~$700 Gaming Rig, how does this look?

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July 12, 2012 12:53:48 AM

I'm building a reasonably cheap gaming rig, with a total budget of around $700

Here's what i'm planning right now:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $733

Ideally, i'd like to stick with an Ivy bridge CPU, but i'm open to any advice

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July 12, 2012 1:13:58 AM

XMS RAM is one of the worst kinds, I would get something else instead of that.

Otherwise, everything looks ok.

The Extreme 4 may be a little overkill-ish, though.
July 12, 2012 1:27:15 AM

Thanks :) 

how does this look?

Do you have a cheaper suggestion for an ivy bridge compatible motherboard?
July 12, 2012 1:35:30 AM

Ripjaws is a whole lot better than XMS RAM is.

The motherboard I have (Asrock Z77 Pro4) is a good one too and a bit less expensive.