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October 24, 2012 2:22:32 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lf3J

I'm really new at this stuff and I don't know a lot.
I am building my first ever gaming computer before Windows 8 becomes widespread.
I don't have a whole lot of money; I'm a college student and I make about $800/month, and a lot of that goes to bills.
I want to be able to run games like Skyrim, Amnesia, Assassin's Creed, Fallout, Diablo III, etc. on decent settings while simultaneously getting a good deal.
I also use my computer for writing, photo storage, music storage, and typical web browsing.
If you see a problem with this build, please tell me what I need to change and why I need to change it.
I'm trying to keep it under $1,000 minus the OS, keyboard and monitor.

Thanks.
October 24, 2012 2:31:46 AM

I think you can do a lot better. Both your CPU and GPU are a generation old, and I wouldn't touch Apevia with a 10 foot pole for PSU.

I can put together some recommendations for you, but it would help to know some details. Are you planning to overclock? How many displays / what resolution are you using? Are you partial to any particular brands?
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October 24, 2012 2:33:51 AM

I would change the 2500K to a 3570K to get full potential of the Z77 chipset.

I would also change the GPU to a Radeon 7850, or at that price a 7870.

Also, that power supply is awful. I'll fix it for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: memory buffer
Total: $784.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Made it better AND cheaper :) 

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October 24, 2012 2:41:50 AM

ckholt83 said:
I think you can do a lot better. Both your CPU and GPU are a generation old, and I wouldn't touch Apevia with a 10 foot pole for PSU.

I can put together some recommendations for you, but it would help to know some details. Are you planning to overclock? How many displays / what resolution are you using? Are you partial to any particular brands?

No, I’m not planning on overclocking. It’s not something I’ve ruled out entirely, but as of now I’m not actively planning on it. I’m only using one display, and I’m not on a desktop at the moment so I have no idea what resolution I’d end up using. I’m not partial to any brands. I mean, I’m a little partial toward NVIDIA, but there’s no logical reason for me to be.
Deemo13 said:
I would change the 2500K to a 3570K to get full potential of the Z77 chipset.

I would also change the GPU to a Radeon 7850, or at that price a 7870.

Also, that power supply is awful. I'll fix it for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: memory buffer
Total: $784.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Made it better AND cheaper :) 

I like cheaper. That price makes me a lot happier than the one I had before! Thanks. This stuff is really overwhelming, and I’m still learning.
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October 24, 2012 2:45:40 AM

Well, we can make it cheaper if you don't plan to overclock at no loss in performance if you like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: memory buffer
Total: $709.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Like I said, this has almost no loss in performance.
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October 24, 2012 2:51:33 AM

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