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January 28, 2013 2:02:07 AM

Hi this will be my first build ever and it is for my brother for his birthday. I want to build him a gaming computer. He mainly plays WoW and other MMOs. I am trying to stay under $600 and I have already put this together and just wanted other peoples opinion on it before I make the purchase. Thanks. I am also debating on two motherboards. The GPU I will temporarily be using is a GTX 550ti that I used to have in my dell until I have the money to upgrade that.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard or
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


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January 28, 2013 2:09:01 AM

are u from US/canada?

i see a few thing to fix :) 
January 28, 2013 2:10:39 AM

I am in the US
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January 28, 2013 2:12:16 AM

can be a lot cheaper if you buy i5 cpu on microcenter

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: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $608.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 23:13 EST-0500)
January 28, 2013 2:15:31 AM

So this build is better than mine for around the same price?
January 28, 2013 2:21:58 AM

exactly, and it includes GPU in the list :)  no need to borrow your gtx 550 ti
January 28, 2013 2:30:13 AM

ok thanks and for the case does it matter which one i choose because my bro thinks the one i chose looks better lol
January 28, 2013 2:32:03 AM

case doesnt matter, it is all about taste, pick what he like the most :) 
January 28, 2013 2:33:15 AM

+1 to AMD Radeon's build. You can easily get the Graphics card in for around $600. The i5-2500K is only necessary if you plan to OC and its one generation older anyway. Since your apparently not OC'ing, you can use an H77 chipset for a lot less money. Many of your other components are overpriced as well. You could even go to a i5-3350P to save a few more dollars without sacrificing significantly in performance. Case is your choice but I would suggest keeping the cost of the case down around $50 on a $600 build.
January 28, 2013 2:36:36 AM

ok guys thanks a lot for all the help. does it matter if i order from all one website or its fine if i get it from which ever has the part cheaper becuase it comes out to $650 on newegg
January 28, 2013 2:46:56 AM

The obvious advantage of ordering form multiple sites is that you can wind up with a lower total bill. However, if you want to order all from one site, that's up to you. It won't affect the quality of the parts. However, it might be easier to process returns and help with getting everything all at once if you order everthing from one site.
January 28, 2013 2:48:51 AM

Mark91193 said:
ok thanks and for the case does it matter which one i choose because my bro thinks the one i chose looks better lol

cases are personal choice , but the challenger is pretty low quality . Tomshardware gave it an award for being cheap

Instead look at Corsair 200R , Antec ONE gamer, HAF 912
January 28, 2013 2:55:26 PM

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