New Budget Build

Hello, would appreciate thoughts on the following build. I'm on a budget. Will use for gaming and some video editing (but nothing major).

Budget is NZ$1,000.
Cost for this build is NZ$974.

CPU - i5 3570 [$284]
RAM - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B) [$85]
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H [$119]
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 64MB 3TB 7200RPM [$192]
SSD - Transcend TS128GSSD320 128GB [$164]
GPU - Onboard Graphics (will get a GPU later)
PSU - 500W (comes with case)
CASE - Raidmax Super Comet USB 3.0 [$90]
Cooling - Stock CPU cooler
ODD - DVD writer [$40]

Not sure if RAM is compatible. Corsair don't have the mobo on their list so can't check. From what I can gather it is. If someone could tell me that would be great.

Prices are from

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  1. Lol definetely don't use a PSU made by Raidmax unless you wanna blow up your system. Corsair or SeaSonic PSU's are what your gonna want. Don't pay $85 for 8gb ram lol.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.68 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $994.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 18:26 EST-0500)
  2. ^ this one. But toshiba? come on! get at least hitachi or WesternDigital
  3. 7200 rpm drives are almost all the same. Really doesn't matter. If you want a good warranty then go for western digital. No 7200 rpm drives have a bigger failure rate then any other 7200 rpm drive.
  4. Hi Blake1243. Thanks for your reply.

    Okay, should've mentioned that I'm not in the US. My budget when converted into US$ is around $600-$700 but with price differences between there and where I am it is probably not of much use.

    Was hoping to get by with the case and PSU option but from what you have said not a good idea. I guess I'll need to buy a PSU separately then. Do you think any Bronze 80 Plus PSU will do? What about an Aywun A1-450-Pro 450W? It is cheaper than what I can get the Corsair for by about $30. Will 450W be adequate for my build?

    Unfortunately in my country, I'm paying a lot more than what you have costed for the items you have recommended - sometimes more than double the price. The GPU for instance is upwards of $500 here and the mobo is no less than $157. <sigh> I think I will add a PSU and a new case then have a cry and then cry some more before manning up and probably sticking with my build unless there are compatibility issues (can anyone let me know if there are). Or I drop the SSD and get a smaller HDD & try and work things that way.

    Thanks again for your help, much appreciated.
  5. if you can get those FSP aurum they are nice psu.

    check this one out for psu guide
  6. What country? Canada? Uk? i can make get you parts from any country if you just tell me what country.
  7. The i5 3570 offers a negligible performance increase over the 3470...Go with the latter if possible, it's cheaper.
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