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Mind giving your opinion on this middle of the road build?

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January 23, 2013 11:32:33 PM

Hey guys this is my first post, but i've been an on and off reader since the early 2000's. I built my first PC back in 2004 and stopped using the system and lost interest in computers/gaming a few years back. I broke up with my girlfriend of 3 years recently and my friends are all moving away and i'm finding myself with a lot more free time. So what better thing to get back into, right??

I've been out of the loop as far as hardware goes so I've spent the past week or so catching up, forum crawling on what's "good" these days.

Sorry if I made any silly mistakes, but I think I did alright for my price range: right around 600.

Here's my build on this sweet site i found today: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

But if you don't feel like clicking the link:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

Power Supply: http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-ModXStream-Modular-Performanc...
$79

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18

Processor: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087EVHVW/?tag=pcpapi-20
$189

Motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-MicroATX-Motherboard-...
$60

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$47

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179 (169 rebate card)


Solid State Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89

Also, will I have all the cords and all that good stuff I need to set these components up? Or will I need to purchase some other *** to put this all together?

Also, feel free to nitpick, I would enjoy saving even 10 bucks if I'd be just as good off with another cheaper product.

Thanks so much guys!
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January 24, 2013 12:18:36 AM

Hi. I'm glad you are moving on with life. It looks like your budget is more like $700 with all those components and the pcpartpicker link doesn't include the parts. It's not a bad build but there are a few changes worth making. You can spend less for a modular cabling PSU, less for a DVD burner, a little more for a much better graphics card, and a little more for an SSD with double the capacity. I know this build costs $10 more instead of saving you $10 but I feel it's worth the extra costs. You should have all the necessary cables for the setup. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.

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 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
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: $711.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 21:11 EST-0500)
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