Gaming/Video/Emulation Machine! Advice Wanted/Windows 8 Questions

BeamRacer

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Approximate Purchase Date: This week, as soon as possible. Just want a few more eyes on this before I make my purchase!

Budget Range: $900-ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming video (Netflix and YouTube), playing with emulators, general use, occasional photo/video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site is fine.

Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Overclocking: Not on my first build.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Several people helped me build this PC. I think it looks good, but I know next to nothing about hardware. This will be my first build, and I hope to learn a lot from the process. :)

Does everything look good?

Thanks in advance for the help!

Here's my build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $824.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 20:52 EST-0500)
 
Solution
Changed SSD and HDD to more reliable.
Changed mobo to one that won't limit your CPU
Okay i guess that psu is fine.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD...

butremor

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Changed SSD and HDD to more reliable.
Changed mobo to one that won't limit your CPU
Okay i guess that psu is fine.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oaqw/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $927.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 05:25 EST-0500)
 
Solution

BeamRacer

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Nov 17, 2012
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Is it possible to get a better PSU for a similar price? I've mostly seen positive reviews for this model and a lot of people seem to use it with no issue, but the few negative reviews that are out there are a little scary, describing dramatic component failures. I guess it's possible that the QC is a little loose and they got unlucky, though, since negative reviews are rare.
 

butremor

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Bah, whats the difference, if your PSU fails return it if warranty still active. But okey , here goes:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oex4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.65 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $967.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 17:08 EST-0500)
 

BeamRacer

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Nov 17, 2012
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Awesome, one last question!

Does this include everything I need to build this PC? I'm buying the parts now and when I go to buy the SSD it suggests I buy a "7-Pin 180 1-Device Serial ATA Cable - 18" to go with it. Will I need any extra cables, or is everything covered?
 

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