First build advice. 900-1000$

My last pc died about a year ago (posting this with the terrible Xbox browser, ugh.) and i've wanted to build a gaming pc for years. With the next-gen consoles being pretty underwhelming I figure now is as good a time as any so here it is.

Purchase Date: Early July

Budget: 900-1000$

System Usage: Mostly gaming, music, web browsing.

Monitor: Yes, but don't include it in the price because I plan to get it later when I have the money. I'll make do with my 32 inch tv until then.

Parts To Upgrade: Everything.

OS: Yes, Windows 7.

Location: Kansas City, MO. Microcenter 30-45 minutes from me.

Overclocking: Yes, but not for a while so I don't need an aftermarket cpu cooler just yet.

SLI/Crossfire: Very unlikely.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Single monitor.


Cpu: I5-3570K $189.99 @ Microcenter
Mobo: ASRock z77 Pro3 $49.99 @ Microcenter when purchased with cpu.
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport ddr3-1600 8GB (4X2) kit $62.99 @ Microcenter
Storage: Samsung 840 series 250GB SSD 163.99 @
Gpu: Sapphire HD7950 3GB 299.99 @
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 59.99 @
Psu: XFX Core Edition PRO550W 69.99 @
Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner 14.99 @
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM 99.99 @

Total 1011.91 + Tax @ Microcenter

Sorry about not having links but manually typing out every link with the terrible Xbox interface would take quite a while. I would get Windows 8 but I've heard it has issues with older games and I have quite a few lying around. I would like to stick with 3GB Vram on the Gpu because I plan on playing Skyrim with plenty of mods. Any ideas to lower the price or increase performance without cranking up the price would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance!
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  1. easy, drop to a 7870 XT
  2. Looks like a pretty good spec - all my critiques are preferential. I prefer Corsair over Crucial but buying ram local is convenient because you will be able to test the sticks and bring them back if you get the misfortune of having one die right out of the box. The 840 is a good budget SSD but if you have the extra change, I would skip up to the 840 Pro - major difference in performance. I also prefer Nvidia because I have had driver issues with ATI/AMD in the past but I hear they have done a lot of work to make them consistently perform without as many glitches so that should suit your needs.

    Good job!
  3. csf60 said:
    easy, drop to a 7870 XT

    That was my original plan but once I read up on Skyrim modding and how much vram it could use I decided on a 3GB gpu.

    Thanks Game Junky. The 840 pro is a bit out of my price range and I would probably get an Nvidia card too if they didn't overcharge for the 3GB models.
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