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November 21, 2012 8:18:14 PM

Hello,
First build let me know if anything could be improved:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($214.20 @ Compuvest)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($105.47 @ NCIX US)
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)
Total: $1220.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 17:15 EST-0500)

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November 21, 2012 8:32:40 PM

Coolermaster PSU's are not highly regarded, go for Corsair or Seasonic or something like that.

Otherwise looks good, you could save a little cash if you wait for some holiday deals but it is overall a quality build (besides the PSU).
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November 21, 2012 8:40:40 PM

changed power supply to:

Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

going to purchase black friday and cyper monday for deals
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November 21, 2012 8:43:16 PM

Why that motherboard? Seems kinda over the top. Have you looked at the -UD3H? It's absolutely amazing, and a fair bit cheaper.

In pretty much no situation do you need 16GB ram - Get 8GB 1600MHz @ CAS 7 or 9. With BF3, Photoship, and 20 tabs in chrome, I'm not getting more than 6.5GB used.

I'd get a 128 GB SSD - not only will it be faster due to it's larger size, it won't fill up as fast, and SSDs like to have about 30% empty space for disk management. (which translates to speed.)

I'd spend less on the case, but that's personal preference.

That coolermaster is one of the better they make, but I still wouldn't trust it.

Other than that, it looks good.
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November 21, 2012 8:47:51 PM

My reason for getting a 16gb set is to eliminate any future compatibility issues upgrading from 8gb to 16gb. Would be kind of a bummer to receive another 2x4gb set to stick in with my 8gb and find it does not work. It should work, and if it doesn't, through an RMA or two you should be able to find a compatible set, but I would rather not take that risk, and just went with a full 16gb set. With 16gb you would likely rebuild the rest of the PC before you had to upgrade your RAM.

I didn't look at the MOBO, unless it has specific features you want you can definitely shave some cash off there.
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November 21, 2012 8:53:45 PM

actually to MOBO you mention was on my list if has a good deal an alternate part. Some article i read made a compelling case at the time for the other with the included wireless. Cannot remember link know been reading to much last few day running together. Case was for future expansion. The SSD was for the cache drive for the I5 that is the biggest it can take its just holds mainly the OS from what I unterstand
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November 21, 2012 9:29:27 PM

- downgrade to the UD3H. ( save some money without dropping in performance ).
- buy Seasonic or XfX PSU ( xfx has a little better price and same quality ).
- buy a better GPU and bigger SSD.
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November 21, 2012 9:30:01 PM

or go with this build i think its better ..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ 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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1098.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 18:28 EST-0500)
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