Looks good, I'd maybe go AMD like my $650 ($620 build here) http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
You lose some slight performance in gaming with the same GPU, however, with the money you save you can get a CPU that can perform all around applications just as well and game pretty close within a small margin of roughly 1-3 FPS difference on the same card, you however get a better GPU in that you get the 7870 and save $70!
Though that build looks solid! As stated, just a HDD would do!
Because the i5 3470 is $50 less at microcenter. (including shipping costs of the 3450)
The EA650 is $5 LESS, and is MORE efficient and has MORE watts, making it a better deal. He's paying less for a better power supply. Makes 0 sense? I'm sure he wants to pay more for less performance. If he were to CF/SLI, I'd have rcommended at least 700W.
The RAM is $5 less and has better timings. Again, more performance for the price.
The extra $60 could be spent on the 7950. Do the math, the card is $58 more, not $80. Assuming he gets a regular non-laptop hard drive, he will actually be BELOW the original post.
Yes, I made 0 sense. Think before you post next time. Please.
IF HE GETS THE REBATE... Up front he is paying $20 more... Not everyone gets the rebate.
I didn't say to NOT get the i5 3470, obviously Microcenter is always cheaper than retailers. Read better next time what I'm saying.
Why don't you do the math. The card is $305 before rebates, the 7850 is not the best choice, I suggested the 7870 for $200, you're right, that's $105 more before rebates. Stop being ignorant like that. You can't include rebates in final price ever, you can't always count on them to come. I know plenty of people who've done all the instructions and still don't receive the MIR.