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November 16, 2012 8:01:09 PM

So this is the build I'm considering right now:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.70 @ Amazon)
Case: Raidmax ATX-823BR (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $657.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 16:53 EST-0500)

1) I was planning on adding a Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 (link), but at the moment, it's the same price as the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 (link). They seem to be somewhat similar cards, so the question is, which is actually the better buy?

2) Would any of you recommend a different (yet similarly compatible) motherboard? Are there any near-equivalents I should be paying equal attention to? It's one of the parts I haven't purchased yet, so there's time for me to change my mind.
ETA: I'm not overclocking or crossfiring, so neither of those are considerations. This isn't a gaming build, more of an attempt at a well-rounded multi-purpose build.
November 16, 2012 8:07:44 PM

3) This might be a stupid question, but this Patriot RAM (link) is on sale for a little less than the G.Skill RAM I have listed. Looks like it's basically the same stuff, so is there any reason not to switch to the Patriot memory?
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November 16, 2012 8:16:29 PM

I would recommend change case to cheaper and PSU to more reliable.
And yes, somehing can be done about mobo.
gtx and radean are performance are almost identical so there's no differnce which you choose.
I'd stick with g.skill as they are more reliable. I'm not saying patrion is bad, but i have less trust in them.

WHATS YOUR BUDGET?
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November 16, 2012 8:18:59 PM

butremor said:
I would recommend change case to cheaper and PSU to more reliable.

I got the case for a steal, so I'm not too worried about that. But how unreliable is the PSU? Unreliable enough to warrant a return?

ETA: As for the budget, I'm aiming to get it as close to $600 as possible. I know the parts list says I'm looking at $650 before the video card, but I've gotten sales on several parts already, so it's looking pretty feasible.
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November 16, 2012 8:19:23 PM

RAM is RAM, so any will do.

The 7770 is a better all around GPU.

To save some money on the motherboard, you can get this. It is actually better, and if you ever decide to get an overclocking processor, this will allow that.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007P709YI/?tag=pcpapi-20

One note: Stay away from Raidmax cases. They are really personal preference, so any from the brands I mention will be okay. Cooler Master, Corsair, Rosewill, Lian Li, and Antec. Raidmax cases are cheaply made, even their expensive ones. You can easily go down to the $50 mark and get a good case.
If you have any questions, just ask.
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November 16, 2012 8:26:24 PM

Rosewill is a PSU i would not trust. There are more reliable and cheaper can be found.

So let me get this straight, you already received parts,but included them in you OP? That's rather confusing. But here's build that i would trust more. Fell free to edit it and exclude those parts you already have to see the price. And then i'll be able to change it to cheaper or better parts

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $691.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 17:24 EST-0500)
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November 16, 2012 8:32:35 PM

butremor said:
So let me get this straight, you already received parts,but included them in you OP? That's rather confusing.

Sorry about that, I wasn't being very clear. Yes, I've got a couple of the parts listed in that build. I was really just looking into the questions I posed, and gave the rest of the build as reference in case it was relevant. But if I'm looking at an unreliable PSU, I'd still rather send it back than install one that's not worth the buy. So I appreciate the tip!

Looks like I'll definitely stick with the 770, and look into one of those other motherboards suggested.
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November 16, 2012 8:52:41 PM

Still, as cooler master cases might be okay, their PSU are... meh..
GOOD PSUs are from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone.
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November 16, 2012 9:44:11 PM

Rosewill actually makes very good and high quality PSU's. They are aften Tom's Hardware and Johnny Guru approved, which means that they've been gone over, tore apart and stress tested and proven to be a good PSU.
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