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February 21, 2013 3:57:59 AM

Hello everybody! For the past few months I have looked into building a gaming computer and I have finally came to what I hope is a good build. The parts go as follows,
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470, $183.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3, $69.99 @ Microcenter
Ram (Memory): G.Skill Sniper 8 GB, $43.98 @ Outlet PC
Hard drive (Storage): Seagate Barracuda 1 TB, $62.99 @ Compuvest
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 78501 GB, $174.99 @ Newegg
Case: Rosewill Challenger, $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply: Corsair CX430 V2 80 Plus Certified, $34.99 @ Newegg

So those are the parts, I checked and they have no compatibility issues between components, so I should be good in that department. But just please tell me if there are any issues with the build that I should consider.I do plan to overclock the Graphics Card. Also I plan to play games such as; Battlefield 3, MW2, MW3, Call of Duty Black Ops, Black Ops 2, and Minecraft.

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February 21, 2013 4:05:51 AM

No overclocking on H77 Motherboards. You're gonna need a z77.
Just to let you know, that i5 doesn't overclock either.
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February 21, 2013 4:13:48 AM

redguy54 said:
No overclocking on H77 Motherboards. You're gonna need a z77.
Just to let you know, that i5 doesn't overclock either.

He said he plans to overclock the GPU, not the CPU. Therefore there are no issues with the CPU or motherboard,
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February 21, 2013 4:17:22 AM

decent enough build if you're not into OCing the CPU. you can OC the GPU.

i'd go for a motherboard from a more well known brand at least, if i were you, just for the sake of quality assurance. there are several B75's from Asrock, Asus, and Gigabyte for around that $70 price range, if i recall.

consider giving us your budget and where you're from if you're not from the US. someone here may be able to whip out something better and cheaper for you.
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February 21, 2013 4:19:34 AM

You might want to get a cheaper cpu for a better gpu since it's for gaming. Other than that, everything looks nice! :) 
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February 21, 2013 4:38:52 AM

My budget is roughly around the $600-650 range. I have decided to change the motherboard to the ASRock H77M, which will put me slightly under budget! :) 
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February 21, 2013 4:39:00 AM

My budget is roughly around the $600-650 range. I have decided to change the motherboard to the ASRock H77M, which will put me slightly under budget! :) 
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February 21, 2013 4:55:15 AM

welp, doesn't look like you can do any more than that, unless you got a Microcenter nearby. they got the i5-3470 for $150. in-store pickup only, unfortunately.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_...

if you do, you may be able to fit in a 7870 within that budget.
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February 21, 2013 5:17:47 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ 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 ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $670.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 02:16 EST-0500)

If you want good gaming, your better off getting a cheap AMD cpu. This build is good for your uses. It's a bit over your budget, but if you can fit it, it would be great. Only thing was that I had to slim down on the case. You can still go Intel with a 7870 that's just a bit over your budget also.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
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 ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $645.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 02:17 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 5:07:10 PM

I don't need an Optical Drive, that's already covered, and if I were to go without it and pick up the CPU from Microcenter (I live near one) then I would still be able to get the 7870 and the Rosewill Challenger! :) 
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February 21, 2013 5:07:36 PM

I don't need an Optical Drive, that's already covered, and if I were to go without it and pick up the CPU from Microcenter (I live near one) then I would still be able to get the 7870 and the Rosewill Challenger! :) 
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February 21, 2013 5:07:53 PM

I don't need an Optical Drive, that's already covered, and if I were to go without it and pick up the CPU from Microcenter (I live near one) then I would still be able to get the 7870 and the Rosewill Challenger! :) 
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February 21, 2013 10:54:54 PM

My revised build that's slightly above budget, but it's great if you can get it.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $554.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 19:48 EST-0500)

HDD: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&...
Ram: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=44267&vpn=F3-12800CL9D...
The 7870 XT is a lot better than a regular 7870 and it fits into your budget...sorta. You can save about $10 if you go with the powercooler 7870 XT, but it only has one fan so it gets a bit hot. I suggest a 200r over a rosewill challenger. I have the rosewill challenger and the cable management isn't that good. There's not much room to fit cables behind the motherboard and there's not hole at the top of the motherboard area for the 8-pin cpu power. Your choice though.

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