CPU | [Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor] | $204.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard | [ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard] | $134.99 @ Amazon
Memory | [Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory] | $32.69 @ Newegg
Storage | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive] | $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk] | $119.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | [XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card] | $316.99 @ Amazon
Case | [Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case]| $107.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | [Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply]| $69.99 @ Newegg
Operating System | [Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit)] | $39.99 @ Upgrade
This was my first build and I'm really happy with it so far. I started buying parts after christmas when the SSD was on sale and kept buying parts as they went on sale. I did a ton of research on every part and based my decisions on reviews and suggestions on /buildapc and pcpartpicker. Both were incredibly helpful and pcpartpicker helped me keep everything organized. The final cost does not include rebates. The total with rebates included is $1047.61.
- $10: Motherboard
- $10: PSU
- $20: Case
- $30: GPU
I changed my mind on a few parts along the way. Originally I wanted the NZXT Phantom 410 in Gunmetal, but I decided against it because the 500R has more room for customization(to me at least). I also wanted a mogular PSU, but I got this one instead because it was the right combination of price and performance. I might upgrade later though. The CPU cooler is the stock Intel since I don't plan on overclocking the CPU yet. In the future I'll be upgrading to a closed-loop water cooler like the Corsair H100i. Also, I dont like the way the 212 EVO looks, it takes up so much space and just looks fugly in my opinion.
The GPU is not the XFX factory overclocked "Black Edition", but for some reason it came overclocked to the Black Edition specs. 900 Mhz on the GPU and 1250 Mhz on the memory. I was going to bump it up to those clocks anyway so that just saved my a few minutes. I can run everything at max with this card. The most demanding game I've tried so far is Metro 2033 and it runs smoothly at my max resolution on my current monitor(1440x900).
I dont have an optical drive on this build. I didn't really need one immediately since I installed Windows from USB, all updates/drivers downloaded from the internet and all my games are on Steam. I do plan on adding one later.
My keyboard/mouse and monitor will be upgraded soon as well. All together it was a fairly easy build. It runs great, the SSD is FAST, the fans are quiet. I cant even hear it when I walk 6 feet away! The only problem I had was installing Windows 8. It installed perfectly onto the SSD from the USB but since I wasn't connected to the internet it didn't register Windows so I had the "trial" version. For some reason I couldn't register it from within Windows so I re-installed, this time with the internet connected and it worked.
Let know what you think or if you have any questions.
P.S.:Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I had to use my phone because my camera decided to corrupt the SD card and I lost some pictures.