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July 30, 2012 3:31:26 PM

Is this a good build? i built this recently and a friend wants a good performing pc, he will not be overclocking or sli, however he does like to show off a lil lol so i thought id check here before i order.


i5 3570K 3.4GHz - $189.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX - $60 with mobo purchase

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair 8GB DDR3-1600 - $58 - a $15 MIR

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 - $85

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair Builder series 500 Watt - $63 - a $5 MIR

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Windows 7 64 bit - $100

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner - $16

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 160$

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

This build=792$ without os=692$

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July 30, 2012 3:36:26 PM

The mobo and processor is a nifty deal, (wish i had deals like that)
Everything looks nice
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July 30, 2012 5:27:20 PM

If this is supposed to be a gaming machine, you're going a little heavy on the CPU and light on the GPU. Not a big deal but if you wanted to drop down to an i3, you could use the savings for a better GPU.

I would get an aftermarket CPU cooler so you can overclock better (conversely, if you aren't overclocking, drop down to a non K-series processor). I'd also consider throwing a SSD in there if there is room in your budget (Crucial M4 128gb perhaps?).

Other than that, looks pretty good.
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July 30, 2012 8:23:17 PM

so overall this is a good build, for no/very small overclocks and no sli?

Edit: this is for gaming
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July 30, 2012 8:24:55 PM

It looks like a nice build, you may want to spend a little extra on the gpu, maybe a gtx 560
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July 30, 2012 8:33:12 PM

Overall, it's a good build. The one thing I'll say, since your friend isn't going to overclock, drop the CPU down to the best non K-series i5 Microcenter has and put the savings into a better GPU.

He'll never notice the slightly lower CPU power and will definitely appreciate the increased GPU muscle.
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July 30, 2012 8:45:12 PM

Best answer selected by spicy_benie.
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