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January 21, 2013 5:47:36 PM

Hi Tom's Hardware Community!

I am building my first computer in 5 years! My last build was quite high end, but alas that won't be the case this time. My husband suggested that I post my potential build on these forums to see if anyone can see some nasty flaws that I've overlooked. I'd hate to accidentally, out of ignorance, buy a build that isn't going to work for me. I don't play any graphic intensive games in my opinion, just WoW, Portal 2, Diablo 2 and I'm looking forward to the new Sim City! Anyways, here is my potential build...

I'm re-using my existing hard drives (a 260g and 1TB) and I won't bother linking the case... but here is the rest!

EVGA SSC 02G-P4-3653-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost)

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready

Any helpful feedback is appreciated!
Thank you!

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January 21, 2013 6:03:08 PM

Hi. I'm going to assume you're in the USA. You don't need a Z77 motherboard if you're not going to upgrade to a K Series processor for overclocking; you can save money with the ASRock H77M. You can also save money with the Rosewill HIVE 550W PSU which is also modular. You can probably get 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM for a similar price. And you can spend the money you saved on a HD 7850 2GB or even the GTX 660.

Edit: Here's a build if you're buying from Newegg. You can get a cheaper GTX 650 Ti or the HD 7850 2GB for another $5 or more or the GTX 660 for another $25 or more.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $354.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 15:16 EST-0500)
January 21, 2013 6:13:28 PM

yes, gpu may be too much for your needs, go with 7770. if you can afford, get a solid state drive for boot time and main programs.