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First time build advice. $700-$900.

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February 25, 2013 4:29:31 PM

Completely new to this and I really don't know what i'm doing. About 6 months ago the computer I had been using for 5+ years finally stopped working and I recently decided that it's high time I built my own gaming pc. I'm wanting room to upgrade in the future and maybe do a little overclocking. I've done a bit of looking around and found a budget build that I liked. I modified it a tiny bit and got this.

Motherboard:
Asrock z77 extreme4

Cpu:
Intel I5-3570k

Gpu:
Evga Geforce GTX 660 2gb sc

Ram:
Corsair Vengence 8gb (2x4gb)

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 500gb

Case:
Coolermaster Elite 430 Mid Tower

Psu:
Corsair Builder 600w

Optical Drive:
Cheap $20 drive

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium


The thing I'm worried about the most is the power supply. I've heard some negative things about it. My budget is $700-$900 US. I live fairly close to a Microcenter if that helps at all. Any help at all is greatly appreciated.
February 25, 2013 4:49:24 PM

Something like this should be good for your needs.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
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)
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: 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 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $892.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 13:49 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2013 6:51:14 PM

Is the 7870 that much better than the GTX 660? Most of what i've read suggests they are very close performance wise and the 660 is $20 less at Microcenter. Does the 7870 have any clear advantages that make it worth it?
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February 25, 2013 7:48:16 PM

The 7870 will perform better in some games, the gtx 660 will be better in others. Base your choice on which games you play. Or if money is the only issue then get the 660.
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February 26, 2013 2:34:20 AM

Completely forgot to add that I won't be buying any of this for 3-4 months. I'll be playing Skyrim with graphics enhancing mods (which i've read is more dependant on the CPU than the GPU) and perhaps Battlefield 3 and Borderlands 2 if I get tired of playing them on console.
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February 26, 2013 6:15:20 AM

Ah, bit early then. Prices and hardware available will have changed by that point. I suggest posting back 2-4 weeks before purchasing.
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