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December 7, 2012 12:51:46 PM

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I'm new to building gaming computers, my budget is around 500-600 and I'm trying my best to understand every part and features of every item I'm listing. Comments/help/suggestions/advice or request would be VERY appreciated.

Processor: Processor Intel Core i3-3220 (120$ @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (90$ at Newegg)
RAM: 8GB dual kit (two x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill Ripjaws X Series ($40 at Newegg)
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 650 Ti ($140 at Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (50$ at Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 TR-500 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply (50$ at newegg)

My friend gave me this list, he told me to use the HDD and DVD burner from my current computer to save me a few bucks.
1 thing I noticed is that he didn't include a cooler? or is there something I'm not noticing on any of these items?

Thank you in advance!

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December 7, 2012 1:51:54 PM

Thank you a lot Willy!! And I will look into the item you have listed, thank you again for the suggestion! :) 
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December 7, 2012 2:09:22 PM

Some more info/input/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Please help out a fella.
December 7, 2012 3:42:59 PM

I would also suggest buying from different reputable retailers to minimize your cost. You don't need a Z77 board unless you plan to overclock(which is only available for K-series unlocked processors:2500k,2600k,2700k,3570k,3770k).

If you insist on getting an i3 rather than say, the G860(which performs very similarly), WAIT NVM YOU HAVE THE MONEY FOR AN I5 this is the build I would suggest(the SSD is the king of all upgrades)

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($31.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Azza 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $611.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-07 12:41 EST-0500)

Don't worry about the PSU anymore, I found a decent unit of similar quality made by Super Flower. NCIX is a Canadian retailer which recently expanded to the US market.