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November 21, 2012 3:25:34 AM

Hello, I have had several suggestions from different forums and sites about the parts that I am choosing. I wanted to do another check because I have no experience building or working with computers. My budget for this build would be around $800-$850. I will be using this PC for gaming and schoolwork. Preferred websites and Amazon and Newegg. Not planning on overclocking or crossfire. I currently have a old Syncmaster 2220WM Monitor that I will use.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $801.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 00:15 EST-0500)

I have heard that the H77M mobo has the SATA placed near the PCIe 3.0 so placing a big video card might be difficult. If you guys know about that or have any other suggestions for this build I would very much appreciate it.

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November 21, 2012 3:43:08 AM

I have the H77M-D3H from Gigabyte and 2 ports are right-angled, the others are not. My 680 basically flattens any cables there. Its not difficult at all, just something to be aware of. I'd get a 7870 over the 50 though. The extra grunt certainly helps.
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November 21, 2012 3:50:26 AM

Looks quite good to me. The Video card that you picked will be fine. It doesn't have a backplate so it will not impede the SATA ports, however, when you assemble the parts make sure to install your memory and the SATA cables before you install the graphics card. Otherwise, you will have a hard time inserting the cables without scratching your hands on the back of the video card.
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November 21, 2012 6:23:58 AM

What do you guys think about the ASRock B75M instead of the H77M? The SATA ports are out of the way. Would it be compatible with the rest of my build?
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November 21, 2012 6:43:14 AM

You do know that the Ivy Bridge motherboards have USB 3.0 header. You should get an NZXT Source Elite 210 which has them.
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November 21, 2012 7:03:54 AM

I don't think I will have any use for 3.0 but if i did would I be able to plug it into the rear port?
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November 21, 2012 7:06:53 AM

Just put it in the Elite 210 is only $10 more expensive O-o.
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November 21, 2012 7:39:49 AM

as you have listed a full ATX case - why not go for full ATX MOBO ? Then you will have more room inside for extra cards and (in UK) the prices are about the same. I have an H77M and am happy enough with it - but to unplug SATA leads from MOBO have to take out memory first.
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November 21, 2012 7:50:18 AM

garryash said:
as you have listed a full ATX case - why not go for full ATX MOBO ? Then you will have more room inside for extra cards and (in UK) the prices are about the same. I have an H77M and am happy enough with it - but to unplug SATA leads from MOBO have to take out memory first.

I don't plan adding more cards to this build because I'm on a budget but I understand what you are trying to say. What video card are you using btw if you don't mind me asking?
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