Final Check and Building Tips for First PC Build


Nov 12, 2012
My budget for this build is $750 - $850. I will be using this PC for gaming and schoolwork. I have a Syncmaster 2220WM monitor that I will be using with a resolution of 1680x1050.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM5200 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $845.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 02:57 EST-0500)

Would I need to buy some extra sata cables because I read that the optical drive doesn't come with one.. or would the mobo have enough cables? If everything else seems alright with this build I would really appreciate it if I could receive some tips for building. Thanks!!


May 3, 2012

Cables will be fine. Otherwise shave off some money and get a 7870. It is $30 more and offers a substantial performance increase. For instance, here is a far cheaper PSU (That is still good):

Oh and cheaper windows 7: