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January 6, 2013 12:09:49 PM

I already have a monitor, HDD, mouse, keyboard, optical drive, and OS. I plan to get the NZXT Source 210 from Microcenter for $17.99. Are there any other parts I should change or adjust?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/waBe
January 6, 2013 12:14:25 PM

If you want to overclock the cpu, you need to change the motheboard to a Z77 motherboard, and probably get the Seasonic S12II 520 PSU as well. If you're not going to overclock the cpu, I suggest getting something cheaper like the i5-3470 which provides almost similar performance.
January 6, 2013 12:15:10 PM

You didn't mention what this computer is for or how big a concern you have for the budget.

This is a cpu heavy build. You seam like you are looking to save money, you may want to opt for a cheaper cpu, in that case you could also save on the motherboard by getting one with a cheaper chipset.

The other route would be to get a more expensive GPU to match the rest.
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January 6, 2013 12:39:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $569.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 09:32 EST-0500)

That is a great deal on a case, but, if it is a concern, I would look to get on with USB 3.0 ports as the motherboard has USB 3.0 Headers or get a drive bay adapter that has USB 3.0 ports. There was a little confusion in your part selection, as EzioAs said, about overclocking. I left it out but you need to get a Z77 motherboard if you plan to do so. For this budget, though, I wouldn't worry about overclocking. If you plan on adding another GPU later, you need to get at least a 650W PSU.
January 6, 2013 12:54:55 PM

I'll be using this primarily for gaming and some video editing in Sony Vegas Pro, After Effects CS5, and Photoshop CS5. I actually won't be overclocking so I'll just go for a 3470. As for the 7870, is it really worth the price jump from a 7850? Will I be fine running on a stock cooler with the i5 as long as I'm running on stock speeds? As for the price I would like it to be $500-$600, preferably as close to $500 as possible.
January 6, 2013 1:03:36 PM

7870 is definitely worth it over a 7850. It's 15-30% faster.

Anandtech: 7850 vs 7870

Stock coolers are fine even for a "K" cpu as long as you're not overclocking. I really recommend you change that though because they're loud and they use plastic push pins. The CM Hyper 212 is a good replacement or the TX3 which is cheaper but still better than the stock cooler
January 6, 2013 1:10:10 PM

I don't think that you are going to get it any closer. I helped you on your budget a little bit and got that 7870 in there. You won't be disappointed. :D 
January 6, 2013 1:18:22 PM

Honestly if had $50 more you should really look into the HD 7950. It will probably last quite a bit longer.
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