Need suggestions to finalize my build

I'm finally pretty satisfied with this build, decided to make a new thread since I'm not looking for a complete build anymore. I just need some final suggestions.

First off, I need a motherboard, this has been the hardest for me to pick because I don't want to break the $750 limit.

The HDD is also going to go off sale before I order this build, so I'm going to need a new one. But come to think of it, I never actually filled up my 500GB HDD on this PC, so another 500GB would work if you can find one significantly cheaper.

And finally, I would probably need a decent Heatsink, right? So, I would need one of those.

Also, I do not have a microcenter near me, so I would have to buy my CPU from Amazon where it comes to $188.79. So add $38.80 to the final price.

And as always, if you know of any better deals on any of these parts, please let me know.

(updated list)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:42 EST-0500)
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  1. Hi. Any H77 motherboard will do and you don't need an aftermarket cooler. Feel free to make changes as you'd like. There's enough money left for a 1TB hard drive if you want.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $703.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 03:07 EST-0500)

    Here's a building guide with videos: http://techreport.com/review/23624/how-to-build-a-pc-the-tech-report-guide
  2. Perfect, thank you.

    Honestly, if I ever do need any extra storage, I would just buy a SSD. I think in 7 years the lowest free space my 500GB HD ever had was around 70GB. So, I'm pretty good at maintaining programs or files I don't need anymore.

    I noticed you changed the RAM as well, which was only about $2 more expensive but ended up being a bundle deal to save me money, thanks for that!

    Do you have any experience with that mobo? I often get scared of cheaper mobos that don't have many 5 egg ratings.
  3. fix psu (corsair on sale), ram, and bump HDD

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $656.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 04:22 EST-0500)
  4. The PSU only shows a $10 MIR on their website which makes it the same price as the Rosewill (which has better ratings)
  5. hexgame said:
    The PSU only shows a $10 MIR on their website which makes it the same price as the Rosewill (which has better ratings)

    The CX600 is actually $60 after rebate at this moment; I think it was $40 after rebate yesterday. I guess pcpartpicker couldn't keep up with the price increase. If you still want the Rosewill at that price after rebate, you will have to order it soon. As a matter of fact I do own that very same motherboard and it's been a good simple budget board for me so far. Since you have some money left in your budget, you can go with a different brand or features that you prefer.
  6. Thanks. I'll have to update the list later this week, hopefully I will be getting the money I need sometime around Sunday or Monday. So I'll probably need an update once again at that time to check if there are any better deals, but now that I have the basic build idea down things will be a lot easier.
  7. whats ur maximum budget?
  8. iceclock said:
    whats ur maximum budget?


    About $750 before MIR. Possibly up to $800, but not likely.

    Another question, how do I get pcpartpicker to not show Microcenter? I don't have one near me, but it keeps showing up even when it shows Newegg on my current parts list

    Edited with updated list:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $665.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:42 EST-0500)
  9. it does that automatically. u gotta add custom parts for it to dizzapear.

    do u need windows+monitor+keyboard+mousse?
  10. iceclock said:
    it does that automatically. u gotta add custom parts for it to dizzapear.

    do u need windows+monitor+keyboard+mousse?


    I don't. Nor do I need an OS or optical drive.
  11. ok

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z0RD/benchmarks/

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Other: 3570k ($220.00)
    Total: $758.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 16:59 EST-0500)

    base Total: $790.50
    Mail-in Rebates: -$38.00
    Shipping: $5.99
    Total: $758.49
  12. Thanks for that. A few things though.

    I'll never use 1.5GB. I haven't even filled up my 500GB HDD which lasted me 6-7 years. I'm very good at file/program management.

    I'm pretty happy with the case I picked, I like the look, the fan feature and the ease of cleaning. So I probably wont change that.

    I think that was the motherboard I picked earlier, but several people have told me to go with ASRock H77M.

    Did that 660 just go on sale? I swear I didn't see that earlier.
  13. so u wont overclock also?, so 1tb.+h77+case u wanted got it

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z13f/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $774.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 17:18 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $789.49
    Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
    Shipping: $4.99
    Total: $774.48

    for the price i got u a xeon with 4cores+4ht cores. :D
  14. I've never been a big fan of overclocking. I like my builds to last.

    Thanks for that build. Is the Xeon significantly better than the previous CPU I've picked? I'll only really be using it for gaming.
  15. yes, it has 4cores+4ht software cores. versus just 4cores.

    :)
  16. I'll think about it :p
  17. iceclock said:
    yes, it has 4cores+4ht software cores. versus just 4cores.

    :)



    So the xeon e3 1230 v2 would outperform the i5 3570k in games and whatever else?
  18. yep
  19. iceclock said:
    yep



    so why does everyone recommend the i5 3570k instead of the xeon e3 1230 v2, when they are about the same price..
  20. because they dont know much about xeons :), and the 3570k overclocks and xeon not, but if ur not overclocking the xeon has the advantage with 4cores+4ht cores :)
  21. ohh i see, so if you were to overclock the 3570k to 4.0+ it would be better?

    and the xeon cant overclock at all? or..sorry just a little confused..

    Thanks for replying btw
  22. u dont seem interested in overclocking, and also cost more for a board to overclock on.

    and the xeon is locked yes.

    if ur not gonna overclock xeon wins barnone.
  23. what are the 4 ht cores actually for?
  24. I'm not trying to sound like a jerk here or anything, this is all great questions you are asking. But could you possibly create your own thread instead of using mine? I'd appreciate it.
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