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Final Check and Building Tips for First PC Build

My budget for this build is $750 - $850. I will be using this PC for gaming and schoolwork. I have a Syncmaster 2220WM monitor that I will be using with a resolution of 1680x1050.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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 ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $845.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 02:57 EST-0500)

Would I need to buy some extra sata cables because I read that the optical drive doesn't come with one.. or would the mobo have enough cables? If everything else seems alright with this build I would really appreciate it if I could receive some tips for building. Thanks!!
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  1. kuichi said:
    My budget for this build is $750 - $850. I will be using this PC for gaming and schoolwork. I have a Syncmaster 2220WM monitor that I will be using with a resolution of 1680x1050.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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 ($86.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $845.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 02:57 EST-0500)

    Would I need to buy some extra sata cables because I read that the optical drive doesn't come with one.. or would the mobo have enough cables? If everything else seems alright with this build I would really appreciate it if I could receive some tips for building. Thanks!!


    Cables will be fine. Otherwise shave off some money and get a 7870. It is $30 more and offers a substantial performance increase. For instance, here is a far cheaper PSU (That is still good):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152040


    Oh and cheaper windows 7:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-bit-SP1-Full-Version-ave-Money-/160874072962?pt=US_Operating_Systems_Software&hash=item2574d78b82
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    i wouldnt even think about trusting raidmax

    id get this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qzKG

    you could get the windows from that guy on ebay
  3. Why microATX mobo? Go for asrock extreme4 z77, its good and pretty cheap for so good board.
  4. because you are not overclocking with z77 and that there is no point of a atx board if you are only going to put one video card inside
  5. Best answer selected by kuichi.
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