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March 13, 2013 11:22:17 AM

Intel Core i5 3570k ($189.99)
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ($69.99)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 ($46.99)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM Hard Drive ($89.99)
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 ($319.99)
Corsair CX600M PSU ($69.99)
Cooler Master HAF912 ($57.99)
Microsoft Windows 8 64bit ($99.99)
Acer 23" Widescreen LCD 1080p ($129.99)

Total $1,166.30 w/ Tax (My budget $1200)

Could anyone please give me some tips weather or not this is a decent setup for the price? Also Do you think I should make any changes? Should I stick with this motherboard or get the AsRock Z77 Extreme?

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March 13, 2013 12:16:38 PM

Anyone have any input?
March 13, 2013 12:30:42 PM

Get the Asus P8Z77-V LK in microcenter, with the cpu it goes for 80$, and it's a better motherboard :
The CX is decent and it will do, but i suggest this psu :
And this case :
By the way if you're planning to overclock, get an aftermarket cooler, like the hyper 212 :

Other than that, you have a good build and it's all compatible
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March 13, 2013 1:04:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($171.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $945.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 16:03 EDT-0400)


comes a little over but i think you will really like the monitor's quality
March 14, 2013 3:56:49 PM

Thanks for the input! Also I'm looking for a case that has great air flow and that has decent fans. I was looking at the HAF XM with two top 200mm fans, front 200m, and side 200m?
March 14, 2013 4:03:56 PM

I was also also looking at the NZXT 410 Mid-Tower? I just want something that looks decent but has amazing cooling capabilities and is relatively quite
March 14, 2013 4:24:22 PM

What case would you suggest is better?

-NZXT 410
-Fractal R4
-CM Storm Scout 2
-Rosewill Armor Evo
-Storm Enforcer

March 14, 2013 4:30:29 PM

Those cases are good ones, though, my preference goes either with the nzxt 410 if you don't care about noise levels(it's not like the phantom 410 is a noisy case), if you want a silent case get the Fractal Design Define R4.
There's also the Corsair 400R for a good price.