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January 11, 2013 3:41:12 PM

Looking to build my first PC. It's main purpose will be gaming, and I have a budget of around $1,200. I've also more or less got my build down, with the help of various people/resources around the internet. I just want to make sure it looks good. Pretty much the most important thing is that the components will last me, both in that they won't burn out quickly and they won't become completely obsolete quickly, because I probably won't be able to afford to upgrade/replace for a bit.

Anyways, here's what I've got so far:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black/Silver) ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.20 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1227.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 12:39 EST-0500)

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January 11, 2013 3:54:35 PM

Looks solid, except for ssd i'd recommend 840pro series and wd green are lowest quality of all, i'd recommend less size but better quality like blue or black.
You can save a bit if you want, by getting asrock extreme4 motherboard.
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January 11, 2013 4:09:31 PM

butremor said:
Looks solid, except for ssd i'd recommend 840pro series and wd green are lowest quality of all, i'd recommend less size but better quality like blue or black.
You can save a bit if you want, by getting asrock extreme4 motherboard.


Made a few changes based on your suggestions:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x2YO

Also I hadn't even considered this, but will I have any problems because I'm going to be using my TV as my monitor? I want to buy an actual monitor in a few months (maybe when I get my taxes back) but I can't do it right now. It's a pretty solid TV, Vizio HD (can't remember if it's 720p or 1080p) 60Hz. Only problem is it's 2 1/2 years old and it's got some lines running along the sides of the TV. I've been using it as a secondary monitor for my laptop ever since I got the TV.
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January 11, 2013 10:13:28 PM

Best answer selected by jmonahan09.
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January 11, 2013 10:21:56 PM

The Radeon 7870 performs almost as good in most situtations and sometimes better than the 7970. I would really save the extra 200 bucks there and get a better HD.
Hope this helps
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