First Time ~$1000 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week preferable, could possibly wait up to a couple of weeks

Budget Range: Around $1000 or so after rebates & shipping, possibly willing to go a bit beyond.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Solely for gaming.

Am I buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Entirely new box. I do have input devices.

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm not picky, though I do have Amazon Prime for shipping if that helps

Location: Northern Virginia

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe. Not going to mess with it now for sure, could theoretically in the future, but not a priority at all

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Do not need optical drive. Will (eventually) need wifi and bluetooth. Appearance doesn't really matter to me, relative portability could be nice but only if it doesn't adversely affect the performance or price too much (so probably not)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Losing access to current (really weak) gaming computer, need a new box dedicated to gaming. Want it to last several years without needing to upgrade.

I have to admit being way of my depth here. I'm not up to speed on hardware so much, especially at the rapid rate things change. I muddled through putting together this build list, but I'm sure I've made some terrible mistakes along the way. Any suggestions on how to improve it, or even throw the whole thing out for something better?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: 2x Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (one bundled with the motherboard)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Total after rebate: $1131.27
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  1. that's a very good build, if u could fit in a 3570K it would be even better
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  3. Hrmm, looks like $40 to upgrade the 3350P to a 3570K, though I'd lose the $14 combo with the RAM, so $54 more. The 3570 would only be a $30 increase, and still has the $14 combo. It looks like the main difference between the 3570 and 3570K is integrated graphics (which I won't be using) and overclocking.

    I think I can swing the $30 upgrade for the 3570, but I'm unsure if an additional $24 is worth it for potential over clocking as well. Any thoughts?

    Also, I just want to make sure the 500W power supply will be enough. The site estimates draw will be 411 currently, so that should cover it, right? I would guess so, but I have no idea what I'm doing here, so reassurance would be good.
  4. i would say the overclocking is worth it, as u have a Z77 Board, also if u wanna overclock u need more Power headroom, so get CX600
  5. TheBigTroll said:

    Thanks, TheBigTroll! What's the advantage of the i5-4430 over the 3350P (and would it still be preferable over the 3570/K)?
  6. if u can get a K series at an affordable price, always go for that first, other than that, Haswell is a new architecture, but not much of a performance boost over the previous generation
  7. the 4430 is based on haswell which is about 10% faster. the 3570k is better in the sense you can overclock it, but they are technically on 2 different tiers of performance
  8. Marcopolo123 said:

    Thanks! What's the advantage of this motherboard over the MSI one?
  9. Its asus xD atx, sli ready Overall better
  10. there is no advantage. IO is about the same. features are about the same. both of them dont run SLI
  11. Thank you guys for the feedback! This is really helping. One question I have, though, is if I should have a CPU cooler of some sort? TheBigTroll's build doesn't seem to have one
  12. its a stock clocked machine. the stock cooler is more than enough
  13. Alright, I think I'm ready to pull the trigger. Thank you so much for your help, everyone!
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