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February 8, 2013 11:08:32 PM

This was my very first build. I had never gotten anything but a premade before now. I am hoping that the build went okay. I got a lot of advice from some friends and from the Tom's community. Hopefully, I did okay. I did my first foray into overclocking today too. I decided to stop at about 4.4ghz. Thank you for any input you can provide. When I went to mount the h80, I had a clearance issue with my side fan, so I had to remove it.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($86.38 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($91.77 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech K750 Wireless Slim Keyboard ($49.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Black Magic Intensity Pro ($189.99)
Total: $1527.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 20:08 EST-0500)

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February 8, 2013 11:20:16 PM

What do you need the Black Magic Intesity Pro for?
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February 8, 2013 11:21:03 PM

cball1311 said:
What do you need the Black Magic Intesity Pro for?


I bought it about 6 months ago for streaming. I guess I didn't really need to include it in the build, but it is in my case.
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February 8, 2013 11:23:58 PM

the rosewill capstone series psu is a very good psu now..good choice. why do you need such an expensive keyboard?
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February 8, 2013 11:25:44 PM

Looks pretty good. There are some few subtle changes that I would have made.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_OR 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($86.38 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.41 @ eCost)
Other: Black Magic Intensity Pro ($189.99)
Total: $1466.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 20:26 EST-0500)

Would have went with air cooler just for less hassle with about the same cooling performance. Would have downed the PSU to 550W. Changed the monitor to an IPS monitor for the same price. Wouldn't have went with the XT version of the 7870. Changed the keyboard/mouse to a bit cheaper combo. Just personal preferences though. Good job on completing your first build :D 
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February 8, 2013 11:25:51 PM

ARICH5 said:
the rosewill capstone series psu is a very good psu now..good choice. why do you need such an expensive keyboard?

I do a fair bit of gaming using my tv as a monitor, and it is nice to use from my bed. I can't tell you how satisfying having no wires on my desk is. It came down to the k750 or the g110, but I went with the k750 because I tried a friend's.
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February 8, 2013 11:27:37 PM

cball1311 said:
Looks pretty good. There are some few subtle changes that I would have made.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_OR 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($86.38 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.41 @ eCost)
Other: Black Magic Intensity Pro ($189.99)
Total: $1466.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 20:26 EST-0500)

Would have went with air cooler just for less hassle with about the same cooling performance. Would have downed the PSU to 550W. Changed the monitor to an IPS monitor for the same price. Wouldn't have went with the XT version of the 7870. Changed the keyboard/mouse to a bit cheaper combo. Just personal preferences though. Good job on completing your first build :D 

After the hassle of putting the h80 in the case, I would probably agree with you. I don't think that cooler would have fit because I don't have low-profile ram.. I just didn't want to go with amd because I had so few friends with them.
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February 15, 2013 11:03:50 PM

Best answer selected by peer_o.
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