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December 28, 2012 8:38:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week or the week after

Budget Range: ~$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, office

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Virginia, close enough to the Microcenter

Parts Preferences: it doesn't really matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: below HD, will probably upgrade soon enough

Additional Comments: This is for a friend, he doesn't want to spend more than $500, but will probably go a little past; But I would really hate to recommend him something that isn't compatible, or something where one component is hampering total performance because I went too cheap.

Pentium G860

HAF 912

ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

GeForce GTX 650 Ti GC 1GB

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 6GB

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB

That all comes to $454.93 at newegg, what do y'all think?

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December 28, 2012 9:43:08 AM

seems legit
December 28, 2012 9:52:10 AM

why the 6gb ram? mobo has only two ram slots..
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December 28, 2012 9:54:49 AM

haf912 is too much for 500$ build, switch to cheaper case like

and only 2 sticks of ram

and after that, now you have sufficient budget to get i3-3220 instead of g860

also it looks like you can get hd7850 too
December 28, 2012 10:03:25 AM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $477.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 07:03 EST-0500)
December 28, 2012 10:16:49 AM

Thanks for pointing out the ram.

Swapped it out for Just regular old 2 stick 4gb set. Also added the i3-3220 and 7850, as well as the case. Thanks for pointing that out about the case it never occurred to me, and does save some good money.

$40 dollars of mail in rebates sounds nice, but I never went through the process for my build, and this guy won't for his. Judging from some horror stories about it we might be better off too. I should've specified before about mail in rebates.

Looking at the pictures of the Apex case, I don't see any fans, is that the case or are they right in front of me like the ketchup in the 'fridge?
December 28, 2012 11:38:09 AM

it only have Optional 80/90mm Front/rear/side Fans and Optional 120mm Side Fans
also the components will not produce much heat inside the case
thus nor preinstalled and neither need to install fans

though you can go for ketchup if you want ;) 
or more gpu power

just in case , hd7870 to increase budget just above 500$ :p
December 30, 2012 8:41:35 AM

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