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My first ever build, thoughts?

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January 7, 2013 3:51:48 PM

This is my first time ever using pcpartpicker.com. I really enjoyed giving this a go, but I know I am no "pro" builder..just thought it would be fun to see what I could build for $600. I realize I didn't find a case..or OS..but I think I can get those pretty cheap..

Anyways, thoughts. I wanted to keep it close to or less than $600. My plan is to build this next month and it is to play games on ultra settings and do video editing with vegas pro. Thanks for looking.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($96.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $645.88

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January 7, 2013 4:05:41 PM

$600 is tight, but since you want to play games on high/ultra settings, that GPU won't cut it. An i3 would do you fine until you can upgrade to an i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $635.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 13:04 EST-0500)

You don't need the aftermarket cooling because you can't overclock with that motherboard or CPU, so stick with stock cooling. 2TB is an overkill right now, stick with 1TB and throw the extra cash into the GPU. I got the case and OS in the build as well.
January 7, 2013 4:54:28 PM

admbautista said:
I would go for something like this.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wne2


No case or OS as the OP said they needed. No USB 3.0 compatibility on the case (something people usually miss) :D 
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