Suggestions for build w/o GPU for at or under $500 usd

Really going to spend $600, so $100 of that will be for the OS.

Already have a GPU purchased and in hand. Sapphire 7870 XT to be specific. And I am looking to not bottleneck it. So I would like a build to focus on that GPU. Also, I will doing video editing and streams on this system.

I just suck at picking the right parts for the right price. I'm kind of thinking of getting the FX-6300 for the CPU, for the extra cores, which I do indeed plan to put to work. Unless someone can convince me otherwise.

And how is this for a case?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5520044&CatId=1509

It's on sale currently, so a quick answer would be helpful on that specific case.

As for the whole build, I would greatly appreciate any and all advice. And also, $500 is my limit. This does not count GPU, monitor, keyboard, or mouse, since I already have those covered.
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  1. I went for your Thermaltake case (simialr case with AMD lgog as well to consider] and the PSU can CFX the 7870XT
    I don't have any specific info on that case but if you like it and its cheap go for :) might want to read some reviews about it
    Went with a 8320 which you can OC to at least 8350 perf and at stock is equal or better than FX6300 due to turbo

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.09 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
    Total: $618.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 23:53 EST-0500)
  2. You're better off with an i5, and i'd get a better case than that in tiger direct, the xfx 550 is at 41$ after promo code and rebate, it's a seasonic oem psu.
    Here's the list :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
    Total: $584.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can get cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&promoid=1302
    Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, so with those two, you'll get it.
    You can also get the i5-3350p, if you don't need the integrated graphics on the cpu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
  3. Here is an Intel version
    Both mine my dj's 3470 can OC to 4ghz using the z75/z77 chipsets
    I included a mb with 2 pcie3.0 slots
    Only a 500GB hDD

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
    Total: $586.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 00:01 EST-0500)
  4. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Looking into some comparisons between the CPU's suggested, I think I will stick with the 6300 based on comparison reviews I'm reading. Power per dollar is the reason why. The money saved could go toward a nice heat sink/fan for the CPU to help with overclocking.

    Still open for suggestions though. But yeah, bit pricey on the cpu's you guys are suggesting.
  5. The i5-3470 is a better cpu, even with the FX-6300 overclocked, the i5-3470 is a better cpu even if you overclock the fx-6300 to a higher frequency, and it will have a lower power consumption, in the end the intel cpu pays off in terms of performance and in the power bills.
  6. ^power bills is gonna take a long time depending on the power cost (did the calculation myself but where I live power is 6 cents :P) but the i5 is faster
  7. Well, power bills are not an issue for me. I pay part of rent, but no utilities. :P

    So yeah, not an issue. However, looking into it some more, the 3470 is actually cheaper. Microcenter has it for $149.99, and they have one about 30-40 minutes from me. Worth the drive.
  8. Yes, if you can get it there, it's worth the price, and you can get cheaper motherboards there, worth mention, you can get the i5-3570k for 190$ and a z77 board(msi z77a-g41) for 35$, making it 225$, you can see it here : http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e055b2fc#/e055b2fc/33
  9. That is some cheap motherboard, wished there was an Microcentre in Canada

    Just don't expect too much of an OC out of the g41, maybe about 4.3ghz?
  10. djangoringo said:
    Yes, if you can get it there, it's worth the price, and you can get cheaper motherboards there, worth mention, you can get the i5-3570k for 190$ and a z77 board(msi z77a-g41) for 35$, making it 225$, you can see it here : http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e055b2fc#/e055b2fc/33


    Yeah, someone clued me in on this on another forum I'm asking at, just a few minutes ago :D

    Very very tempting. Probably going to win me over by the end of tomorrow. Though I may go with the Pro4 instead. A little bit more, but probably worth it.
  11. I would opt for the asus p8z77 v lk over the pro 4 though since those have even better power delivery sections than the pro4 (pro4 has similar power section to g41 but has a heatsink for the vrm's)
    gigabyte z77 ds3h is a good board too but is missing some back panel IO stuff

    Check out the OC recommendations at the far right of the list
  12. Msi z77a-g41 has 4+1 power phases the same as the asrock pro4, z75 pro 3, z77 pro3 , that's why i suggested that one, since with the i5-3470 and the z75 motherboard it's at the same price as the i5-3570k+msi z77, i'd get the i5+z77, though, a step up, is either getting the asus P8Z77-V LK or the Asrock z77 extreme 4 for 60$.
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