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Gaming PC Build <$1200, ready to Buy! Last minute advice/suggestions!!

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March 17, 2013 10:07:40 PM

I am about to purchase a new gaming PC, hopefully tomorrow night or Tuesday morning at the latest. Please look over this build and offer any advice as I am new to this for the most part. Thank you!

Not sure how to link the whole build on this thread. So please click and let me know what you think. Hoping to get the best gaming pc I can for under $1200!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ksp5

Thank you!!!!!
a c 247 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2013 10:39:36 PM

The psu scares me. I think you should get a gtx670 in a $1000 build. I changed to a more reliable psu and the hdd to a caviar blue. It performs basically the same except the black has a longer warranty time. This is about $15 over your budget though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1186.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:39 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2013 10:45:41 PM

Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.
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March 17, 2013 10:56:39 PM

lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


+1 The only thing I would do would be to change to a better PSU with a little more juice and get a nice Gigabyte motherboard. At the minimum, an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. This will enable the ability to go into crossfire, which is a nice upgrade path to consider. The $70 left in the $1200 should be able to cover for this.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2013 11:00:53 PM

I like the build from lunyone but I really don't see anything wrong with the original build.

Just to give Quik_Fire something to think about, if you drop the SSD you can afford to jump up to a big-league video card.
Look at the build below, just a few tweaks, including better RAM and hard drive and you're in the same price range but with a 7970 GHz edition GPU. Let me clarify that I love SSD's and have one myself and nothing puts a smile on my face like seeing my desktop appear in 10 seconds after I power on my system, and even less after a reboot. However, aside from faster startup times and application loading, SSD's don't give you the return on investment that a higher tier GPU can. On the other hand, if you just really want your system to have the faster response time of SSD's definitely go with lunyone's build which includes the larger SSD.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1170.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 02:14 EDT-0400)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2013 11:03:46 PM

JJ1217:
+1 The only thing I would do would be to change to a better PSU with a little more juice and get a nice Gigabyte motherboard. At the minimum, an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. This will enable the ability to go into crossfire, which is a nice upgrade path to consider. The $70 left in the $1200 should be able to cover for this.



Unless I'm missing something, the details on the Pro3 says it has Crossfire support and XFX PSU's are solid.
March 17, 2013 11:18:49 PM

sharkbyte5150 said:
JJ1217 said:
lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


+1 The only thing I would do would be to change to a better PSU with a little more juice and get a nice Gigabyte motherboard. At the minimum, an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. This will enable the ability to go into crossfire, which is a nice upgrade path to consider. The $70 left in the $1200 should be able to cover for this.


Unless I'm missing something, the details on the Pro3 says it has Crossfire support.


It does, however the second slot will operate at 4x Mode.

- 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE2: x16 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE3: x4 mode)

(From Asrock's Website).

This is basically the major difference from the Extreme4 and Pro3. Its why people buy the extreme4.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 17, 2013 11:23:04 PM

JJ1217 said:
10515433,0,712777 said:
10515414,0,762067 said:


It does, however the second slot will operate at 4x Mode.

- 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE2: x16 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE3: x4 mode)

(From Asrock's Website).

This is basically the major difference from the Extreme4 and Pro3. Its why people buy the extreme4.
said:
said:


Good to know, I had never looked at the individual slot speeds before.
a b 4 Gaming
a b Î Nvidia
March 17, 2013 11:28:32 PM

I would get a Sapphire 7950 or 7970 GPU instead of the GTX 660ti. After have had a GTX 670 in my current build I really wish I had staid with AMD/ATI for my GPU. The only thing Nvidia has over ATI right now is Physx and that is in so few games it is not even worth it in my opinion. I got the 670 only because at the time OS X did not support my 7950 but now with the 10.8.3 update I have been able to put my 7950 back in and it is just plain better.
March 18, 2013 12:54:46 PM

lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


JJ1217 said:
lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


+1 The only thing I would do would be to change to a better PSU with a little more juice and get a nice Gigabyte motherboard. At the minimum, an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. This will enable the ability to go into crossfire, which is a nice upgrade path to consider. The $70 left in the $1200 should be able to cover for this.


So how does this look? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KyZt
Also most places I read about the 660ti say that it is more consistent with graphics and response compared to the 7950 although they are comparable, but I don't know. I did add the 212 Eco cooler for OC and went with the case you suggested as well as the bigger SSD and PSU. Is this the board that everyone is recommending as well compared to the ASUS I originally had or the pro3?
a c 247 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
March 18, 2013 7:54:53 PM

That's a nice build, not much to change. I just want to add that if you drop the SSD you could get a beast gpu like the radeon 7970 ghz edition or gtx670.
NVIDIA cards are more consistent right now, but it should be fixed soon since amd are working on their drivers.
a b 4 Gaming
a b B Homebuilt system
March 19, 2013 12:22:17 AM

Quik_Fire said:
lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


JJ1217 said:
lunyone said:
Here is what I'd consider for a better overall experience and possibly longer life w/out upgrades:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($188.67 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.41 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1127.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 01:43 EDT-0400)

* Went with a 256 gb SSD, so you can install the OS and several games/apps and still have room.
* 7950 trades blows with the 660Ti and cost a bit less.
* RAM has a LOW profile heat spreader, so you can install just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
* Case is pretty good and has plenty of room.


+1 The only thing I would do would be to change to a better PSU with a little more juice and get a nice Gigabyte motherboard. At the minimum, an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. This will enable the ability to go into crossfire, which is a nice upgrade path to consider. The $70 left in the $1200 should be able to cover for this.


So how does this look? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KyZt
Also most places I read about the 660ti say that it is more consistent with graphics and response compared to the 7950 although they are comparable, but I don't know. I did add the 212 Eco cooler for OC and went with the case you suggested as well as the bigger SSD and PSU. Is this the board that everyone is recommending as well compared to the ASUS I originally had or the pro3?


Looks like a good build. I personally would get the AMD 7950 GPU, but the 660 Ti is a good option too (7950 going for about $260-300 right now, so it can be a bit cheaper). The AsRock Extreme4 Mobo is a good option to get. I have one and haven't had any issues so far (>4 months).
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