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December 26, 2012 12:45:11 PM

Okay so I've been trying to get a good build for under $1000, and I think I've done it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $959.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 09:42 EST-0500)

Is there anything I need to change? Such as Mobo/Power Supply?

Is there anything here I can get better for same price or cheaper?

What's your opinion of this build?
It will be used for gaming.

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December 26, 2012 4:05:08 PM

I would get a different power supply. Here's a better one for about the same price (same wattage): http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R...

If you're willing to spend a little bit more money, here's a much better PSU that is fully-modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My only other advice is to be sure and shop around the SSD. You see them on sale all the time right now and if you're flexible with your brand (OCZ Agility 3, Crucial M4, Intel 330, Samsung 830) you might be able to get yourself the same quality for a bit cheaper.
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December 26, 2012 4:39:47 PM

Nothing wrong with antec psu.
I'd say avoid samsung 830 and rather get 840 pro
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December 26, 2012 4:46:21 PM

this is better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master SGC-2100-KWN1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $989.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 13:46 EST-0500)
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December 26, 2012 4:53:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $964.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 13:46 EST-0500)

This good?
I change the PSU and SSD and took off the CPU heatsink because I probably won't need it and heard they have em for $5 right now at my local Fry's.

Also
@MrDowntownKiller

I'd rather not change the whole of my build, I didn't add an optical drive for a reason, and the TB HDD is definitely not needed. I barely use the 450GB I have right now.
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