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Radeon HD 7770
I5-3570k
24x DVD+ RW Burner
TR2 Series 600W ATX PSU
V3 Black Edition ATX mid-tower case
Crucial Ballistix 8gb DDR3-1600 (2 X 4GB)
Intel DZ77BH-55K ATX

This will be my first build so any feedback will be greatly appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: anytime

Budget Range: 700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: school and gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: new build so new parts listed above?

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: local micro center only

Location: Lawrenceville GA, USA.

Parts Preferences: intel CPU only! Crucial ram, Would prefer intel mobo. Video card must be ATI.

Overclocking: No (micro center is having a bundle deal with the processor and mobo I'm aware the k series is made for oc)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, using old 17" monitor. Still works no need to buy a new one.

Additional Comments: gaming and school. The main game I'll be playing is world of Warcraft.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: need a new system and also want to build a PC.
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  1. Please fill this out http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice

    We need more information so we can give you the best possible recomendations. For instance, I don't know which country you are buying in, your build is missing a hard drive so I don't know if you have one already, or if you already have windows 7 etc etc
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  3. Best answer
    If you are not over clocking then you really should take advantage of that ridiculously low price on the i5 3450 and get a better GPU, this is what I suggest:

    Intel Core i5 3450 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Processor $149.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388579/Core_i5_3450_31GHz_LGA_1155_Processor

    Intel DH77KC H77 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388422/DH77KC_H77_LGA_1155_ATX_Intel_Motherboard

    LG 24x DVDRW Burner with Lightscribe Technology - OEM $15.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382273/24x_DVD%c2%b1RW_Burner_with_Lightscribe_Technology_-_OEM

    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit Two 4GB Memory Modules) $42.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

    Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case $49.87
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/343331/HAF912_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case

    OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 600W Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 (After rebate)
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/301547/ModXStream_Pro_600W_Modular_ATX_Power_Supply

    That is $413.82

    If you need a HDD then add this:

    Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX - OEM $74.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/352164/Caviar_Blue_500GB_7,200_RPM_SATA_60Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_WD5000AAKX_-_OEM

    Gigabyte GV-R785OC-2GD AMD Radeon HD 7850 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card $229.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387395/GV-R785OC-2GD_AMD_Radeon_HD_7850_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

    Total $718.80 (you can change the case back to the one you had first)

    Or no HDD needed:

    Gigabyte GV-R787OC-2GD AMD Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card $299.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387394/GV-R787OC-2GD_AMD_Radeon_HD_7870_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

    Total $713.81
  4. http://www.microcenter.com/product/387326/TZ77A_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard $104.99 - $94.99 After Rebate Savings
    Biostar TZ77A LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388579/Core_i5_3450_31GHz_LGA_1155_Processor $149.99
    Intel Core i5 3450 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Processor
  5. Best answer selected by skullwarrior.
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