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First Build $600-700 Light Gaming PC - tower only

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August 10, 2012 2:30:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: current wish list is ~$600 with rebates, but I wouldn't mind going slightly higher with good reason

System Usage from Most to Least Important: half/half gaming/web browsing, occasional movies/Netflix

Are you buying a monitor: yes, and I'll take suggestions, but right now I'm just looking for tower component advice

Do you need to buy OS: yes, but I'm just looking for hardware advice right now

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but if I can find parts locally cheaper that's good too

Location: Maryland

Parts Preferences: no strong preferences, but I've looked over the Best CPU/GPU for the Money articles here on TH and am pretty set on an Intel CPU

Overclocking: No, I don't plan on overclocking, I just want to actually make sure my first build works!

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, I suppose

Additional Comments: I'm not looking for anything flashy

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've had my current laptop for 5-6 years, and I'd like to try building my computer myself


Here are the parts/potential build that I'm looking at:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($126.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $565.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 22:17 EDT-0400)


Since this will be my first build, I'm looking for a second set of more experienced eyes to look over what I've assembled and let me know if I've made any boneheaded mistakes, like a video card that will block other ports on the motherboard, or a poorly arranged motherboard, or parts that won't fit in the case, etc.
I also welcome advice on which parts I could spend a tad more on for a significant increase in performance, or which parts I am spending too much on. Like I said, I'm not going for flashy. Just a reasonable light gaming PC (tower) around $600 or so. I'll figure the monitor/keyboard/mouse separately. Thanks.
August 10, 2012 2:49:11 AM

All compatible. Only bad thing is the PSU. Rosewill is good, but I'd get a Corsair. Especially for the price. A 500w Corsair is $54.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

Also, you have $40 left in your budget. I'd spend that on the GPU and get a 6870 which is good at gaming 1080p and can max out Skyrim and play BF3 on High.
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