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March 5, 2013 3:48:38 AM

Budget is around $800, subject to flexibility. My current build idea (which I would appreciate input on) is just over $930. Ideally I would get that down but I could deal with this price as a max. Here is what I have right now:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ($40)

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k ($230)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2gb 256bit GDDR5 ($205)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R ($56)

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (free)

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($24)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 ($90)

Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS238H-P ($150)

I am open to revisions to this one (and clear explanations of why) or completely new builds in the $800-900 area. I'm not worried about a mouse or keyboard but am wondering about getting some speakers maybe? Just some low end ones, this is a gaming rig first, then light editing and web stuff. Also, maybe some cheaper RAM? Thanks in advance.

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March 5, 2013 3:52:54 AM

Get low profile RAM. You will need it if you put an aftermarket cooler on the CPU to overclock it.

Personally I would get a cheaper PSU (xfx 550w), i5 3470 with h77 motherboard.

Use all the saved money to get a better GPU. (gtx660/hd7870)
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March 5, 2013 4:14:02 AM

Now that I see the big price difference between the 3570k and the 3470 in addition to the fact that I'm not planning on overclocking in the near future I think I might actually go for the 3470 instead. 50 bucks is a big difference in price, but in regards to the mobo, any particular h77 model you recommend? The only downside that I can see to an h77 vs a z77 is there is no overclocking on the h77?
also, for the psu, will 550w be enough? i have no clue when it comes to figuring out psu's
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March 5, 2013 4:24:29 AM

You can only overclock a 'k' series CPU. If you are getting an i5 3470, you can get an h77 mobo and save money. You can always still get a z77 but you won't be able to overclock still.

A good 550w PSU will power any modern CPU and GPU combo.

Use the saved money to get a better GPU.
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March 5, 2013 4:28:36 AM

tiny voices said:
You can only overclock a 'k' series CPU. If you are getting an i5 3470, you can get an h77 mobo and save money. You can always still get a z77 but you won't be able to overclock still.

A good 550w PSU will power any modern CPU and GPU combo.

Use the saved money to get a better GPU.


ok, thanks for that info, i think i'm going to use the money saved to go for a msi 7870, but i'm still not sure about the ram. you said i should get low profile ram to make room for an aftermarket cooler for the cpu, but since i'm not overclocking i won't need an aftermarket cooler, thus not having low profile ram is ok right? unless you can recommend cheaper but comparable ram. thanks
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March 5, 2013 4:40:22 AM

cheers, any money i can save is good for me, even if it's only a few bucks. do you think i should buy an extra fan or should i be good with the one 12cm in front? it only sustains around 1.0-1.1k which isn't great but i've read that the case still has great air flow. i was thinking of popping in another 12cm either in the back, side, or top. is it needed or just something to put in if i have the money?
i was thinking this one if i need it:
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SickleFlow-Computer...
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March 5, 2013 4:42:33 AM

If you get another fan. use it in the rear of the case as an exhaust fan.

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March 5, 2013 12:50:51 PM

i'm still not sure about the mobo's. my thinking is why not go for the z77 i had picked out originally and spend the extra money. why go for the h77?
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March 5, 2013 1:41:43 PM

Because you won't be overclocking the i5 3470 and you are wasting money on a feature you will not use.
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March 5, 2013 3:29:55 PM

Best answer selected by wildcat2015.
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March 5, 2013 3:30:06 PM

Best answer selected by wildcat2015.
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