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September 16, 2012 6:02:21 PM

So I'm putting together a build for a friend, the budget is around $900 with the OS.
Here is what I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCJ9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCJ9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCJ9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.03 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.73 @ Amazon)
Total: $913.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-16 13:34 EDT-0400)

We'll be picking up the CPU and the MOBO at Microcenter for around $70 less, which leaves us around $840 without the case. I was thinking about the corsair 300r, but maybe some of you have better suggestions? We'll probably get a stock cooler at first, and then a better one down the line, since getting one now puts us a bit over the budget.
I'm planning this build is to be easily upgrade-able with an SSD, a better GPU (the 700 series, possibly), and maybe more RAM in the future. What do you guys think? I'd love some suggestions which might help me save a bit or get better parts. Thanks.

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September 16, 2012 6:19:02 PM

id get the ssd first instead since it would save you the hassle to transfer all the files over or reactivating windows

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hD4M

id personally use seagate drives given i found them more reliable and they are generally much cheaper. ive had wd fail on me (laptop)
September 16, 2012 6:56:24 PM

Well, the SSD is not really an option, since he'll need at least 256Gb for his files, but the case seems good. Also, how does the XFX psu compare to the SeaSonic I selected? Thanks.
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September 16, 2012 7:06:27 PM

I think that you could push for a much better build honestly. If you're going to actually be picking up the MB and CPU at Microcenter:

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
Switch the 7870 for the 7950 and you'll be solid (+$80 before a $20 MIR):
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp...
Switch the PSU so you can Crossfire in the future +$10: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $856

Rosewill Hive PSU review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65...
660 Ti OC vs 7950 OC: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...
660 Ti review average performance: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

Both XFX and Seasonic are solid, Seasonic makes XFX PSUs. However the price for both are quite expensive and not quite worth it.

With my build you get a better GPU, bigger and IMO better PSU, all for around the same cost. Windows can be purchased here for less. The seller is BBB approved with an A+ rating based in Utah:
http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...
September 16, 2012 8:27:36 PM

I'm not really comfortable buying software from websites I don't trust.
September 16, 2012 9:56:00 PM

Well you can still go with the build I suggested, just buy it from Amazon. You'll end up totaling only $30 more for WAY more performance and future proofing on the PSU end.
September 17, 2012 12:22:52 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well you can still go with the build I suggested, just buy it from Amazon. You'll end up totaling only $30 more for WAY more performance and future proofing on the PSU end.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $1007.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 08:18 EDT-0400)

So, basically this? I'm not really sold on Rosewill PSUs. What makes you recommend it? Also, I'm not really intrested in SLI/Xfire, since by the time my friend will need it there will be better cards out there. What do you guys think, should I change anything else?
September 17, 2012 2:11:16 PM

I was playing around with the parts a bit more and here is what I got:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $1028.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 10:07 EDT-0400)

What do you guys think? My main concern is the PSU, otherwise it seems perfect. But, I'd love some input. Thanks.
September 17, 2012 2:14:50 PM

the psu is good. everything sounds good
September 17, 2012 10:35:10 PM

Looks solid! Good luck!
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