$800-900 Gaming/photo editing build

Made a few of these threads in the past but was never able to pull the trigger, however I think I'm finally ready to start ordering parts. Would really appreciate the help selecting parts to get me started. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Starting this weekend and over the next couple weeks

Budget Range: $800-$900 including monitor but not OS

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light photo-editing (lightroom), watching movies, general all around pc

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything except mouse :)

Do you need to buy OS: I think so but don't include in price

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, (there is a Microcenter 45 min. away if needed)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel Ivy-Bridge (i5 if possible)

Overclocking: Maybe (don't know how)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't know how)

Your Monitor Resolution: HD quality, 1920x1080 if possible

Misc. parts need recommendations for: Everything needed to build a pc, even the misc. items like thermal paste, wireless card etc.

Thank you very much in advance!
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  1. You could get an i5-3570K+ASRock Pro3 combo for $235.
    Get 8GB of 1600 MHz RAM.
    A 7850 would be good GPU.
  2. Isn't the ASRock Pro3 made more for the sandy bridge cpu's? Or would it work for Ivy Bridge as well?

    I can also use sandy bridge if that keeps me within budget.

    Thanks for the quick reply btw!
  3. ASRock Pro3 has two versions - Z68 Pro3 for Sandy Bridge and Z77 Pro3 for Ivy Bridge.
  4. Thanks for the clarifcation.

    Took some time this morning to review other similar threads and came up with the following build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $822.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-11 09:29 EDT-0400)

    Please provide any comments on the build. The total is just a tad above what I was hoping for since I still have to include the monitor, wireless card, OS, and keyboard.

    So I was wondering if there was anything I could cut down on such as maybe eliminating the cooler for now. I'll probably drop down to a 500gb HD as well since I doubt I'll ever fill a 1TB

  5. i5 3570K 3.4GHz - $189.99


    ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX - $60 with mobo purchase


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


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


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


    HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case


    Windows 7 64 bit - $100


    Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner - $16


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


    This build=792$ without os=692$

    this is almost exactly what i have i play bf3 at 1920x1080 with high settings and 50+ average fps
  6. Thanks for the microcenter suggestions! I may just have to make one big trip there.

    Even with tax, is it typically cheaper to go to Microcenter vs buying online w/ free shipping?
  7. Well, where I live, Newegg charges tax, so Microcenter is a lot better. But, the money you save on the CPU+mobo more than makes up for the tax you pay. You could get a 2500K+Pro3 mobo for $205. That is less than the 2500K at Newegg, LOL! Only thing Microcenter lacks is GPU's. Newegg beats them in the GPU's they have available.
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