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    Lightbulb New Desktop Build Looking For Opinions

    I'm currently pricing and piecing together a new desktop. It's been a long time since I've physically bought pieces and put together a PC. It will be used mainly for gaming (WoW) and surfing the net. I was shooting for around $1300, but the build currently sits at $1470 with shipping so if you see anything I'm overspending on please let me know. Also I'd like to get everything from one place and have had previous success with Newegg, but I'm always open to suggestions. All the prices below are from Newegg. Also it's slightly unorganized as this is the way it is in the shopping cart.

    On to the build...

    ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition HD7770-2GD5 Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814121642
    $159.99

    LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04
    Item #:N82E16827106369
    $69.99

    OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #:N82E16820227706
    $109.99

    2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820145345
    $81.98

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    Item #:N82E16832116986
    $99.99

    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Item #:N82E16819116504
    $219.99

    CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817139005
    $89.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822152185
    $74.99

    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor W/Speakers
    Item #:N82E16824236052
    $179.99

    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #:N82E16813131790
    $199.99

    Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard - Retail
    Item #:N82E16823109191
    $49.99

    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Gaming Case
    Item #:N82E16811139008
    $99.99

    Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
    Item #:N82E16899261005
    $4.99

    Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
    Item #:N82E16835100007
    $9.99

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    Your build is quite imbalanced. A rule of thumb: "If you're spending significantly more on your CPU than your GPU, you're gonna have a bad time".

    GPU: Selected the 660 because it was the cheapest between 7870 and 660 of the following manufacturers: Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI. PCPartPicker is wrong, the Newegg edition of the Gigabyte 660 is $210 after $20 MIR.

    SSD: The Vertex 3 is old technology. Newer SSDs such as the Vertex 4 or Samsung 840 are better and may be cheaper. I selected the 840 because it was the cheapest.

    RAM: You don't need 16GB, you can save $40 if you just go 8GB. I switched your RAM to Samsung because it is easily overclocked to 1866 C9. I stayed with 16GB for the part list.

    Windows: Maybe consider Windows 8 because I doubt Microsoft will bring Metro app support to Windows 7 in the future. There is a good chance that they will fix the UI problems on Windows 8 by SP1.

    PSU: Corsair is kind of expensive and 650W is more than you need. Switched to a cheaper Seasonic unit that is modular and has quieter fan operation.

    HDD: Switched to Caviar Blue just cuz.

    Mobo: You selected a 3rd gen CPU but a 2nd gen Z67 mobo; an expensive one at that. Selected a Z77 mobo.

    Case: Cases are personal preference but you seemed to have picked quite an expensive case at $110. Kept it the same in the list.

    CPU Cooler: You bought a K unlocked edition but no heatsink. If you're going to overclock, we recommend at least a $20 aftermarket heatsink.

    Anti-Static Wristband: IMO, these are unnecessary. I've poked around computers and disassembled several laptops. I have never shocked a computer.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1402.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 10:05 EST-0500)

    I recommend buying parts from different online retailers instead of going 100% Newegg. While there are some sketchy retailers, at the very least you can buy from Amazon as long as its 'fulfilled by Amazon'.

    You can save $3 per 8GB RAM, $20 on your case and $10 on your HDD if you go with Amazon on those parts. These all include free shipping.

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    Thanks for the inputs! I meant to put a CPU cooler on there but missed it, guess I should have made a check list.

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    Considering you're squeezing an OS+Monitor+Keyboard into the build, $1400 is about as low as you'll be able to get it mate...Yurano's build suggestion is more or less flawless. You could possibly use a 300R instead of 400R and save a few there, but that's being really picky. You're gettng an extremely well-rounded and futureproof build, ready for overclocking and enough wattage for a far more powerful GPU should you ever want to upgrade 1-2 years down the road.
    The only way to cut costs further would be to start scaling down the CPU to a previous-generation or a locked one, or pulling the GPU back to an HD6850 or something (not smart in the long run!).
    Last edited by Xuvial; 2012-11-18 at 10:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuvial View Post
    Considering you're squeezing an OS+Monitor+Keyboard into the build, $1400 is about as low as you'll be able to get it mate...Yurano's build suggestion is more or less flawless. You could possibly use a 300R instead of 400R and save a few there, but that's being really picky. You're gettng an extremely well-rounded and futureproof build, ready for overclocking and enough wattage for a far more powerful GPU should you ever want to upgrade 1-2 years down the road.
    The only way to cut costs further would be to start scaling down the CPU to a previous-generation or a locked one, or pulling the GPU back to an HD6850 or something (not smart in the long run!).
    I definitely understand the budget constraints being a bit on the low side, but I very much appreciate Yurano's inputs and should be placing my order of what he suggested by the end of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurano View Post
    SSD: The Vertex 3 is old technology. Newer SSDs such as the Vertex 4 or Samsung 840 are better and may be cheaper. I selected the 840 because it was the cheapest.
    If you don't mind me asking, why would you pick the Samsung 840 over the 830 when the 830 is better in just about every possible way than the 840? Also, the 830 would be the "safer" choice since it's been out much longer and has a good reputation, while the 840 has only been out for a short time and it's too soon to say for sure whether or not it's a reliable SSD. If you were going to get an 840 that would be better than the 830, you'd have to go with an 840 Pro, which ends up being almost $45 more expensive than the 830. Even then, the difference between the 830 and the 840 Pro is so minimal that I'd still choose to save $45 and go with the 830.

    Link to the comparison if you're curious: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/...-ssd-reviewed/
    Last edited by Disconnected; 2012-11-19 at 09:34 PM. Reason: Added link

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