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    Building a price efficient computer

    So I am trying to build a price efficient computer while there are a bit of sales up for Black Friday.
    My budget is around $700 and I am looking for input whether this build is good or if I am missing something.

    So far this is what I have come up with - pcpartpicker.com/p/pxrJ

    I would appreciate any input you guys may throw at me.

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    I have no idea about that motherboard or the CD drive but the rest of it is quality stuff from quality brands. Cant go wrong :P

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    Everything is fine as far as I can see, no suggestions. Great budget build, has the potential to add a vastly more powerful GPU in the future (e.g. 7970) if you need it.
    Aimed at single cards only since neither the PSU nor the Mobo are up to SLI/Crossfire specifics, but you most likely were aiming for exactly that

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    The Pro3 is meh. I would go for the P8Z77-V LK @ $105 after $20 promo code CYBERMNDAY85 and $15 MIR.

    I would also go for a 7850 instead of a 6870: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=540

    The CX600 is also meh, I would go for the Seasonic G 550W which is $55 after $15 MIR or the TX 650W which is $50 after $25 rebate card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151119 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.24 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $678.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 06:37 EST-0500)

    Subtracting $20 for the mobo (since pcpartpicker has the wrong price) and adding $55 for the PSU, the build would be $713.

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    Okay, I will probably end up taking your advise for the PSU and GPU.

    The one issue with the P8Z77-v LK motherboard is in the reviews I saw a couple people say it doesn't fit with the hyper 212 heatsink. Should I be worried about that with my smaller budget case or should I assume that they made a mistake somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomNameIsRandom View Post
    Okay, I will probably end up taking your advise for the PSU and GPU.

    The one issue with the P8Z77-v LK motherboard is in the reviews I saw a couple people say it doesn't fit with the hyper 212 heatsink. Should I be worried about that with my smaller budget case or should I assume that they made a mistake somewhere?
    There are three aspects of fitting heatsinks.
    1) Socket compatibility - both are socket 1155
    2) Heatsink height - this is dependent on your case - in a Newegg review of the Source 210, a reviewer said "-Fits a Hyper 212"
    3) Heatsink width - this refers to whether the heatsink will cover RAM slots which disallows the use of RAM with fins - I have the Hyper 212 EVO and due to its clip on fan, I can fit tall RAM into all 4 slots. You just have to move the fan up on the heatsink.

    I think CPU and RAM placement on the motherboard is standardized. The clearance between the CPU socket and RAM slots seem to be the same for all mobos.

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