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February 3, 2013 9:06:37 PM

Can anyone give me some feedback on my build? I'm going to try putting it together. Are the parts all compatible? Also do I buy a wireless card or is that built in?

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February 3, 2013 10:19:09 PM

Hi. They're compatible but very unbalanced. Are you planning to upgrade to the i5-3570K in the future? If not, you get can the i5-3470 and a H77 motherboard instead. You can get the Western Digital Caviar Blue to save money, either the GTX 660 or HD 7870 (with free games) instead of GTX 560 and 64-bit Windows 7. The build below is more balanced and you can save another $50 if you order the monitor and PSU from Newegg using the promo code by tomorrow. The CPU comes with a stock cooler which is sufficient. Feel free to make changes as you'd like. You will need to buy a wireless card or USB adapter separately.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $972.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 19:24 EST-0500)

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