Planning to buy these, please advice/rate

Planning a new build with these:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128540

SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154109

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Big 'maybe':
ASUS HD7750-1GD5-V2 AMD Radeon HD 7750 VGA 1 GB GDDR5
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-HD7750-1GD5-V2-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B007RFYEQW/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header

or

PowerColor AX7750 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131481


Details:
Planned buy: end of january
Budget Range: up to $ 400
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
School projects (mostly Power Director video editing [non-professional + heavy pdf/office usage];
Music editing [heavy usage of GPO + FINALE];
Light gaming [latest games, quality not important (i.e. Black Ops 2 on Ultra Low or minimal reqs) but solid playable FPS];
Surfing the web [youtube HD]

No monitor, OS and HD needed, have own [plenty].
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg + amazon.
Location: Mexico, near Calexico, CA.
Parts Preferences: INTEL (exclusive0, Nvidia (non-exclusive)
Overclocking: Not interested at all/don't want to.
SLI or Crossfire: Not interested at all/don't want to.
Monitor Resolution: 1600*900 [current]

Additional Comments:
Very user rating oriented, hate to deal with returns and stuff; that's why I don't like to OC stuff, everything stock.
I've seen Intel HD Graphics 4000 youtube videos running CoD:BO 2, BF3, GTA 4 and stuff, even in low video quality is fine by me; but that video card is very tempting (no extra power consumption, very good ratings).

The reason Im planning this is to [finally] move away from my core2duo-32bit dino, and step into new tech (ivy +x64) and NOT to worry about new computer in years.
This will be my very first build, very nervous about parts not being compatible or fitting, or absolutely making awful decisions with them. I'm very comfortable with win xp, planning to stick with it but in x64, mostly because I can tame RAM usage on idle (currently just below 300Mb), ready for the races with Power Director and Garritan+Finale editing.
As stated before, Im a light gamer in terms of quality/resolution (I've played COD:MW & BO 1 on 800x600 with no problems at all), but would like to try the newest games.

This is an awesome community
Thank you in advance.
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  1. Well, everything in place but I'd get that PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=CX%20430

    Also, I'd step up for a better case, better MOBO and add in a CPU Cooler even though there will be no OCing.
  2. ilysaml: awesome PSU find!, already edited wish list cart, thanks for the recommendation, going to wait for a little feedback for the mobo since that's the one component that could hurt the budget. Piked that one because of socket, layout, reviews and price. Thank you.
  3. rcarranzamx said:
    ilysaml: awesome PSU find!, already edited wish list cart, thanks for the recommendation, going to wait for a little feedback for the mobo since that's the one component that could hurt the budget. Piked that one because of socket, layout, reviews and price. Thank you.

    ? Any Z77 board would be good for reliability, performance and features.
  4. Got it

    BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352

    That's the best price/rating ratio mobo, it's a $20 increase, but it's a Biostar, don't know if that's good or bad.
  5. Yes it is.
  6. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vhuM
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vhuM/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vhuM/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $520.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 05:36 EST-0500)
  7. You're not overclocking but you want to buy a CPU that can be OC'ed.

    I'll just choose the. Non-oc i5's then take the money saved for a better card.

    Just like what Nix327 posted.

    Everything else is fine. Just those two!

    Good luck with your build :)
  8. Mad props to nix327, awesome website and also excellent suggestion. Going to review those components. Thanks a lot!

    @atavanhalen: correct me if I'm wrong, newegg shows the non-oc i5-3570 with 2500 hd graphics, while the K version is shown with 4000 graphics. If this is correct I don't mind the $5 difference. Is there an i5-3570 with 4000?

    I'm going to toy around with pcpartpicker now, thanks for the feedback.
  9. You are welcome..since you are getting a discrete gpu the integrated graphics is not of much importance..the performance difference between a 3470 and 3570 is marginal..and you can save about 30$..
  10. Yeah, I understand, that's why I labeled "big maybe" the hd 7750 and choose de intel 4000 hd, because I'm comfortable playing latest games on low(est) settings. That way i get the i5 3570 and forget about cpu upgrade in years.
  11. After some research, I've come to this list:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtrK
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtrK/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtrK/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($248.38 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.54 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.18 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.78 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.89 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.17 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.41 @ Newegg)
    Total: $553.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 20:30 EST-0500)

    I'm after the i5-3570K because of the hd 4000 graphics, not because oc capabilities, that explains the mobo not being a Z77, instead I went for the B75 Pro3 Asrock: because of PCI slots, mobo features (mostly ram management), $$$ and positive reviews.
    Now, my main concern is RAM and MoBo compatibilty; those particular modules are not in Asrocks' official Ram support list, so here's the question: does anyone around here knows if these two are compatible? Im going to write to Asrock about it though.
    Opinions welcomed.
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