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August 8, 2012 5:34:48 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.82 @ Adorama)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.96 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $625.29
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-08 12:12 EDT-0400)
August 8, 2012 5:35:26 PM

Using the keyboard, mouse, and monitor from my previous computer. I'm planning on adding a video card at a later time.
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August 8, 2012 6:07:06 PM

looks ok i guess.

the thing id suggest is probably get a better board like the extreme4 or the gigabyte z77x-ud3h. id also suggest a hyper 212 evo if you are overclocking

newegg has a promo going on where the samsung 830 is selling for 89.99 after a promo code. today is the last day. the samsung 830 is a much better SSD
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August 8, 2012 6:13:23 PM

TheBigTroll said:
looks ok i guess.

the thing id suggest is probably get a better board like the extreme4 or the gigabyte z77x-ud3h. id also suggest a hyper 212 evo if you are overclocking

newegg has a promo going on where the samsung 830 is selling for 89.99 after a promo code. today is the last day. the samsung 830 is a much faster SSD

Fixed. :p 
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August 8, 2012 6:26:33 PM

Thanks guys. I'm planning on picking everything up from the local micro center as they are offering $50 off a z77 mobo with purchase of the i5-3570k.

They have the samsung 830 for $10 more than the crucial m4, I'll definitely pick that up instead.
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August 8, 2012 6:28:25 PM

Those are about the only things I'd pick up. Everything else at microcenter is expensive after (even before) taxes.

Good idea. The Pro3 is like $60 after the deal. :) 
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August 8, 2012 6:48:54 PM

I thought so too, but even with the taxes it looks like I'll come out better going to the B&M.

i5-3570k - 190
Asrock Z77 Pro 3 - 45
Crucial 8GB - 43
Mk.III 600w - 70 (50 after rebate)
Z9 ATX mid tower - 40 (30 after rebate)
optical drive - 18
windows 7 - 100
samsung 830 128GB - 116

~$622 in hardware/software + ~$50 in taxes still comes out a bit cheaper, and I have the benefit of picking it up this afternoon.

Outside of the pick-up option at micro center I haven't seen the i5-3570k for less than $230.
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August 8, 2012 7:08:01 PM

Thanks for your help, I forgot to add that I won't be overclocking initially. I'll be saving up for a nice graphics card and might upgrade the HSF in order to overclock in the future.
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August 8, 2012 7:10:44 PM

you will need the hyper 212 evo eventually. get it when its 24 bucks or lower
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August 8, 2012 7:13:50 PM

I like your build - 'cause it's a lot like mine :) 

Microcenter is the place for 3570k & mobo combo's. I got mine (3570k+ASRock z77 Extreme 4) for just under $300 and that's with tax. I love my / your PSU too. Great price and warranty - it's silent.

Of note: I have a intel 330 180 GB SSD. I'd suggest it if you have the cash. If not - then try the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 - both will be great and should run around $100. I assume you have an HDD laying around. My 180 GB is 1/3 full with win7, world of tanks, and Diablo III.

I also waited for the GPU. I reused my MSI PE/OC HD 6850.

This machine is awesome. I've not overclocked yet - no need. My SSD is a constant source of a grin - off to on just under 30 sec w/ password entry. Surfing & game play are awesome and that's with my very average GPU.

You'll love it !!
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