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    Almost ready to buy, critics for this first-time build?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.53 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $725.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 16:45 EST-0500)


    This is my first time putting together a build. Looking to keep in the < $750 price range. This will mostly be used to tackle basic gaming needs (WoW, GW2, occasional Steam game, browsing).

    I used ChoosemyPc.net to configure this build around my price point, but there are probably areas that I can improve on.

    1)I'm not sure if the motherboard will fit the graphics card
    2) Newegg does not have that specific graphics card in stock.

    Thanks everyone!


    EDIT: Also, *critiques
    My bad!

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    I would get a 3570 normal version if you aren't overclocking due to faster clock. The CPU will do fine but won't be as good as the 3570, although it's abit pricey I would say it is worth it. I personally don't like the build quality of the HIS cards, I would get another brand like Asus, Gigabyte or MSI as they are cooler and have better build quality. For gaming HDD a WD caviar black will be faster.

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.58 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $711.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 17:04 EST-0500)

    (Note the total might be a little higher if you don't have a Microcenter near you with the chosen CPU)

    Few tweaks, since you don't have an SSD I recommend a more powerful HDD like the WD Caviar Black. SSD is ~$100 for 120GB and totally worth if you're able to add one later on, or get one now and then add a storage drive later on. Added a case with front USB 3.0 support. Added a cheaper PSU (Seasonic OEM). Cheaper Sony DVD drive.

    To answer your your motherboard/GPU question, yes it's all compatible.

    Could push the CPU to to a 3570 but that would go over budget by a bit.
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    Notarget's list is good as usual but I have a 7850 and the games your wanting to play the 7850 will be enough.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202004 sapphire 7850 180 bucks that's fifty dollars less and gets you your better CPU.

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