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$1000 build how is it? room to improve?

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December 30, 2012 10:39:36 PM

Here is what I came up with for my new build of ~$1000 that I hope to buy tonight before some of the deals are gone. I hope to get everything from newegg to cut down on shipping and hassle unless there is a good deal somewhere else. I have built 3 computers before without hiccups but it has been 7 or so years since my last one. I need everything but keyboard, hdd( have 1tb and a 128gb ssd on the way already), and mouse. I am building it to play games( I don't think anything real demanding) like Diablo III, A. Creed III, other older games, some light photo editing, watching movies, ripping movies I buy to my hdd, maybe some home movie editing, and of course general stuff. I am coming from a couple year old non gaming laptop I had for school so anything will be a huge improvement. I was hoping to get a modular psu but can't find a quality one that I like in my price range. My biggest problem areas are the gpu (I have never owned an MSI product), RAM, and MB (I chose the Asrock extreme 4 since it seems to come recommended for this price range, but i have used gigabyte, ECS, and DFI for my previous build without problems). Help in these areas would be greatly appreciated. I didn't include a HSF because I will probably add this at a later date when I decide to overclock.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

BenQ GW2450 Glossy Black 24" 4ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor
$149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active
$89.99 - 20MIR $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
$34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
$219.99

MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready with
COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 SGC-2100-GWN1 Gunmetal Grey & Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-$28.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$359.98
$331.98

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

-$15.00 Combo
$234.98
$219.98

Grand total of 1065 w/ shipping -50MIR= 1015

Thanks for looking at my post and hope I have included enough info to receive some good feedback from.
December 30, 2012 10:56:11 PM

Looks like a good build. I'm assuming that you plan on overclocking your CPU, so I recommend getting an aftermarket cooler. Cooler Master 212 EVO is great, I have it.

MSI makes good quality components in general.

Asrock makes good builds.

Other than the cooler, everything looks good.
December 30, 2012 11:29:10 PM

that all looks good, however i read somewhere a couple of weeks ago that msi had been performing an unofficial voltage boost in the hardware of either the 7870 of the GTX670, i can remember which, but it might be worth checking out, from what i read it help overclocking and greatly shortened lifespan
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December 30, 2012 11:48:32 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I might wait on the cooler until I decide to overclock or would it be too much of a pain?
December 31, 2012 12:29:30 AM

It looks like the overvolting was the 660ti/670 but was back in October and now has been fixed I hope. Thanks for the heads up.
December 31, 2012 1:10:57 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.39 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $997.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 22:10 EST-0500)

i would wait for a week or two because all of the sales ended earlier and i think you can get better deals if you wait a bit
December 31, 2012 2:17:57 AM

Thanks for the suggested build that looks like a nice build but I don't like that it is from 4 different places. I don't really like a white case and that gpu doesn't really get good reviews on the egg. I might take your advice and wait a few weeks to see how the prices go.
December 31, 2012 3:32:29 AM

I waited to get my cooler. It wasn't much of a hassle at all. I would wait to overclock, but definitely get one before you do.

You are right on the MSI cards. The 660ti and the 670 PE were the two bad ones from MSI. I don't know if they have been fixed or not. Since you aren't going that way, you don't have to worry about it.
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