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November 15, 2012 8:58:46 PM

Approximate purchase date: two weeks or so
System Usage: Gaming, surfing web
Budget: $800
Are you Buying a monitor: no
OS: no
Overclocking:no
Crossfire: Nope

I live near a microcenter

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRL6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRL6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRL6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $781.99
(i can get the case for $40 at microcenter but that $20 savings cancels out nicely w/ 8% sales tax)

Biggest question:
I bought a VS247 Asus monitor but have to option to return it for $189, overpriced I know, would anyone recommend a different monitor for less? Besides the obvious option of returning it and buying it for $168 on amazon.

Is this computer well balanced?
I do not plan to overclock. The cpu is what it is because my microcenter has that for the price, they dont have the locked version or anything less powerful and i feel its a really good deal so i understand if its better than my other parts.
Is my stock cooling okay? the z11 comes with a front and back 120mm fan and 2 80mm side fans mainly for the HDD's.
I can't find a site with understandable (to me) benchmark testing so i guess ill ask the omnipresent question: can this computer handle your typical host of games (skyrim, bf3 etc.)?

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November 15, 2012 9:07:27 PM

IF you don't overclock then this mobo and cpu are all wrong and you can make it alot cheaper with same perfromance.
Must say you threw together nice build, all is well balanced.
And yes, this and my build can handle those games you listed at high settings.


Here:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $720.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:06 EST-0500)

I left PSU and case fields empty, so you can add there ones you chose.
November 15, 2012 9:27:55 PM

butremor said:
IF you don't overclock then this mobo and cpu are all wrong and you can make it alot cheaper with same perfromance.
Must say you threw together nice build, all is well balanced.
And yes, this and my build can handle those games you listed at high settings.


Here:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRzO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $720.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:06 EST-0500)

I left PSU and case fields empty, so you can add there ones you chose.


I can get my CPU that I currently have listed for $20 cheaper than I can get the one you mentioned at Microcenter.
Thanks for the RAM and mother board suggestions though, saved me $10. Ill update op with them.
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November 15, 2012 9:41:57 PM

There is no point if getting this cpu, because it's overclockable, but it's gonna be sitting on mobo that doesn't support overclocking.
November 15, 2012 9:49:07 PM

butremor said:
There is no point if getting this cpu, because it's overclockable, but it's gonna be sitting on mobo that doesn't support overclocking.


The point is that it is actually cheaper then anything else of reasonable power that I can find. I can buy it for $170 vs $185 on the one you suggest, unless it will actually decrease performance I see no reason to buy the more expensive, less powerful CPU.
November 15, 2012 11:11:13 PM

butremor said:

I left PSU and case fields empty, so you can add there ones you chose.


I can never recommend doing that because there is a *LOT* of junk in the sub-$70 range. I mean a lot of junk. You don't want to trust your new components to a junk power supply no matter what the budget.
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