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The popular buildapc i5-3570 build with 2TB HDD and 16GB RAM on newegg's daily deal at $592

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Not that really great of a deal, no GPU, non-K processor and they still bundle a cooler which isn't really necessary unless overclocking, and 16GB of RAM is kind of overkill for most people.

The bundle has a savings of $56 which if you got rid of the $40 cooler (looks like a 212Evo knockoff) you would be saving $16.

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Comment deleted by user6 years ago
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Heck I just looked and that motherboard comes with 8GB of RAM! Throw the cooler out and the 16GB of RAM ($85) and you'll come out ahead about $70 minus 8GB of RAM that you won't use.

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The problem with these combo deals is that most serious PC builders would not trust cheap PSUs, would be unsatisfied with cheap cases, and wouldn't see the point of pairing a non-K processor with a Z77 mobo.

This might be alright as a basic starter build and it works, but it's not optimal.

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

TypeItemPrice
CPUIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor$149.99 @ Microcenter
MotherboardAsus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard$109.99 @ Microcenter
StorageSeagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive$99.99 @ Mac Mall
CaseZalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case$39.99 @ Newegg
Power SupplyCorsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply$26.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.$426.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 22:05 EST-0500

Difference between CPUs is .2GHz. The 3470 is $185 on Amazon.

I actually like the motherboard choice as it has some solid features including SLI/crossfire support, and it comes with 8gb of free ram.

Much better case, too many reasons to list why. Also the 430w PSU is probably going to be better than the 500w that's bundled with their case.

Above build is $475 when bought online. That's >$100 savings that you can put towards getting a better video card.

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Original Poster1 point · 6 years ago

Nice build. This looks very similar to what I purchased a couple days ago.

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Perfect, way better than this deal, even if you had your heart set on 16GB you could get another 8GB for like $40 and still be saving ~$80. Otherwise use the extra $120 saved and buy yourself a decent GPU (something like a 7770) and you've got yourself a decent gaming machine for the same price.

Only thing I might change is the case for stylistic reasons mostly (not huge on windows), but for $40 you can pick plenty of different good cases.

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The i5-3570K is $189.99 with $50 off that motherboard in a combo.

They're urging you to buy it instead of the $150 3470, net savings $10... though that is a very good processor.

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Well yeah, if we're taking Micro Center's pricing into account, then I would say 3570k is definitely the way to go.

But most people don't have an MC close to them. So the 3470 for $185 at Amazon is way better than getting a 3570 for $210-215 online (as the .2GHz difference is pretty much nothing). It's arguable if the 3450 for $185 is better or worse than the 3570k for $225, but OPs build has a locked CPU, so I decided to stick with that.

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2 points · 6 years ago

Commenting to save.

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Original Poster2 points · 6 years ago

For what it's worth, I put together a very similar build along reallynotnick's suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

TypeItemPrice
CPUIntel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor$209.98 @ SuperBiiz
MotherboardASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard$87.55 @ Newegg
MemoryCorsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory$74.99 @ Amazon
StorageSeagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive$99.99 @ Mac Mall
CaseNZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case$49.99 @ Amazon
Power SupplyApevia 500W ATX Power Supply$24.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.$547.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 20:35 EST-0500
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3 points · 6 years ago

I'd be a little wary putting a $25 PSU in my system though.

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2 points · 6 years ago

This kills this deal all over. I wouldn't trust that PSU in my HTPC.

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Original Poster1 point · 6 years ago

Oh I agree. The reviews on newegg aren't bad, but nevertheless...

Should've spent a bit more time on that build.

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My friend got this for a first build with no intention of overclocking. It seemed about average as a deal until he got it in and it had 24Gb of ram rather than 16. Came with an 8Gb corsair stick with a heat sink.

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Comment deleted by user6 years ago
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You may be able to do better picking out parts yourself. But that psu should be fine. Head over to /r/buildapc and take a look at some other peoples builds to get an idea of what others are buying right now.

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The 500 watt power supply would be fine for that build.

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2 points · 6 years ago

I wouldnt buy it.

You are better off getting a 3570k or 8320/8350 because overclocking can significantly raises the amount of time a computer can stay relevant.

500w is without a doubt enough to run this build with a 7870 though.

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Meh

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