$600-700 Gaming Rig

This is a gaming/audio production rig that I'm building with and for my roommate. Here are the specifics, and below I've put together a potential build on PC Part Picker that I think would work. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $600-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music recording
Parts Not Required: Mouse, monitor, keyboard, OS, audio interface (external, no pci slot required), HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, I also live close to a Microcenter
Country: USA
Overclocking: Not right now
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: Again, I live close to a Microcenter, so any parts from there are easily accessible.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($78.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($207 @ NCIX)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $668.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 20:59 EST-0500)

Also, I've replaced the prices on PCPartPicker with the actual prices that we'll be paying if we order/go to Microcenter tomorrow and buy the parts. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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  1. Thanks for the input! We certainly may change out the motherboard if he can get a bit more cash together, probably for the gigabyte board.

    I think he still wants to go with the 3570k because
    1) he may want to overclock at some point, and
    2) at microcenter, if we get the 3570k we get $50 off a compatible motherboard.

    Any other feedback?
  2. I suggest this for a $700 build. I should do you justice. If you want to overclock, I can fit a 3570k in the build.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7kr
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7kr/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B7kr/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $700.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 19:37 EST-0500)
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