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January 22, 2013 2:37:06 PM
January 22, 2013 2:49:43 PM

Looks good. If your budget can fit it throw in a SSD as well. Only improvement i can see that i'd want.
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January 22, 2013 2:51:13 PM

I dont really understand how they work. lol. are they worth it?
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January 22, 2013 3:09:56 PM

SSDs make loads time a lot faster. It has become a custom to use an SSD for your OS and main applications while having a traditional HDD for storage and other apps. I would go with a 7850 for the GPU if you can stretch it. You said casual gaming but the FPS increase of the 7850 over the 7770 is well worth it.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 12:08 EST-0500)
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January 22, 2013 4:08:04 PM

emd023 said:
I dont really understand how they work. lol. are they worth it?

Yes. In my opinion they are. Overall snappiness of the system will improve. As the above posted most people load the OS and Apps they use frequently. Basically what a SSD does is it gets rid of the HDD bottleneck of waiting for things to load. It's worth it if you can fit it into your budget ;) .
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January 22, 2013 4:35:01 PM

I think I will do that, thanks.
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January 22, 2013 5:01:11 PM

Just search SSD vs HDD on Youtube. There are a bunch of videos there that show the difference head to head. It definitely makes a difference to have your programs on the SSD (not so much for storage).
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