New ITX build feed back please! :D

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Approximate Purchase Date: After Christmas

Budget Range: >1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, game recording, school etc

Are you buying a monitor: No




Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com scorptec.com.au

Location: Victoria, Australia mate!

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Unsure

Additional Comments: This Build is for a friend, i am not sure what res his monitor is cause he currently uses a laptop.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Bad compaq laptop.

My thoughts so far on this:
Case:
Bitfenix Prodigy White $89
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1171&products_id=20366
This is the center of the build, I love this case :D

CPU:
Intel Core i5 3470 $189
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=20894

GPU:
MSI Radeon HD7870 Hawk 2GB $269
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1372&products_id=20831

SSD & HDD:
Intel 330 120gb $99
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_909&products_id=20049
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003 $75
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 $35
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_1137&products_id=18976

MotherBoard:
ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX Motherboard $165
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1019&products_id=20404

Optical drive:
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM $19
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=658_667&products_id=21346

PSU:
Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES $59
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=15319

Total is $999 (lol, i didnt know it totaled that...)

My concerns are:
Is the Best in the price range?
Is the PSU good enough?
Is the CPU to much?

Cheers guys.
 
Build is fairly good, just some small changes.

If you want to overclock, you need a K series processor (the 3570k) and aftermarket cooling. A 212 EVO will fit inside the Prodigy.
If you dont want to overclock, you can swap to this H77 board.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1019&products_id=21693

Better and cheaper SSD.
Samsung 830. $95
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=159&bid=7&sid=94346
Umart has a store in Melbourne.

Swap to this dual channel RAM. Its faster and dual channel config takes advantage of the RAM slots full bandwidth. Low profile as well.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=19632

Despite having the 750W version in my rig, I advise against the 500W. The lower wattage units arent all that great. Unfortunately, you will have to spend a fair bit more here than you anticipated.
Antec High Current 520W. $83
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=15135
 

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I have never heard of Umart lol.
I wasnt really going for overclocking and was going with the z77 board as it has Wi-Fi onboard, which is nifty feature for an ITX PC. With the ram will probably go for the dual channel, but wanted to keep it upgrade-able still.

Thanks heaps!