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Gaming/Video/Emulation Machine! Advice Wanted/Windows 8 Questions

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, as soon as possible. Just want a few more eyes on this before I make my purchase!

Budget Range: $900-ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming video (Netflix and YouTube), playing with emulators, general use, occasional photo/video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site is fine.

Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Overclocking: Not on my first build.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Several people helped me build this PC. I think it looks good, but I know next to nothing about hardware. This will be my first build, and I hope to learn a lot from the process. :)

Does everything look good?

Thanks in advance for the help!

Here's my build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $824.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 20:52 EST-0500)
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  1. Wow, few parts there are overkill and few are unmatching, let me fix this for ya.

    And why you need Win8, it's the same as Win7 in games and applications, except Win7 is much more stable. Here http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/windows-8-gaming-performance,review-32553.html
  2. Best answer
    Changed SSD and HDD to more reliable.
    Changed mobo to one that won't limit your CPU
    Okay i guess that psu is fine.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $927.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 05:25 EST-0500)
  3. Is it possible to get a better PSU for a similar price? I've mostly seen positive reviews for this model and a lot of people seem to use it with no issue, but the few negative reviews that are out there are a little scary, describing dramatic component failures. I guess it's possible that the QC is a little loose and they got unlucky, though, since negative reviews are rare.
  4. Bah, whats the difference, if your PSU fails return it if warranty still active. But okey , here goes:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.65 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $967.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 17:08 EST-0500)
  5. Awesome, one last question!

    Does this include everything I need to build this PC? I'm buying the parts now and when I go to buy the SSD it suggests I buy a "7-Pin 180 1-Device Serial ATA Cable - 18" to go with it. Will I need any extra cables, or is everything covered?
  6. Honestly no idea :) Sorry
    To build you need also screwdrivers and little zip ties to handle cables. Oh no your psu is modular then most like you're okay without zip ties
  7. Best answer selected by BeamRacer.
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