~$1200-1500 Gaming PC (First time build) Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: January 22, 2012 5:37 AM in Systems Share Bowels January 21, 2012 2:25:24 PM Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 months (I know, not exactly "approximate", but I could decide to build in the next week or wait, if that would be the better option). Budget Range: $1200-1500. The closer to 1200 the better, but also willing to go a little over 1500. System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3/Skyrim/Witcher/SWTOR/GW2), Browsing, Music, etc. Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Win 7 64-bit). Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon. Country: USA Parts Preferences: N/A Overclocking: Eventually, maybe. Not 100% sure yet, though. SLI or Crossfire: Probably not at first, but potentially in the future. Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: Basically, I'm looking for the best "bang for my buck" and a setup that will last me a solid few years before becoming... obsolete? Heh. So far this is what I have picked out, but am definitely looking for opinions/suggestions/changes: CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz-$230 PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W-$90 GPU: Radeon 7970 3 GB-$550 Note: Really looking for opinions here. Not sure whether I should wait for the 7970 or go with something else. HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB-$134 MoBo: ASRock Z68-$122 RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB)-$50 SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB-$80 CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212-$30 DVD: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive-$24 Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T-$170 Total: ~$1500. More about : 1200 1500 gaming time build sosofm January 21, 2012 2:52:33 PM Change the RAM with this Corsair Vengeance Low Profile not to interfere with your cpu cooler : http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-128... The build look great. 7970 is at this time the best single gpu video card. m 0 l hellfire24 January 21, 2012 2:54:45 PM everything is good.i would suggest HD 7970 from MSi,asus,gigabyte ,xfx or sapphire. m 0 l Related resources First time gaming PC build [1200-1500€] - Forum $1,200-1,500 Gaming Computer (First Time Build) - Forum First time gaming build/ 1200-1500$/ need advice - Forum Critiques needed for a $1200-$1500 Gaming Build (First time builder) - Forum First Build: $1200-1500 "future-proof" gaming PC - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Bowels January 22, 2012 12:18:52 AM Thanks guys. I was thinking that maybe I should go with a better PSU as well, just to future proof the build a bit? Maybe something like: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 Or even: Corsair HX1050 Thoughts? m 0 l jeremyp1979 January 22, 2012 12:32:08 AM Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4 m 0 l hellfire24 January 22, 2012 1:59:31 AM cronos are good too. m 0 l ukee1593 January 22, 2012 5:12:28 AM jeremyp1979 said:Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4 What is the problem with OCZ?? +1 for Crucial SSDs. They seem to be the pick at the moment. Samsung 830 series are getting some good rep at the moment too! m 0 l unj008 January 22, 2012 5:30:04 AM in case you get another 7970 get this psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056. or thishttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034 m 0 l hellfire24 January 22, 2012 5:37:02 AM @unj008,no offence but that is junk advice.HD 7970 is not a power hungry card.a quality 850w psu will easily handle 7970 crossfire.here's some info for ya- http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1834/11/ and http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970/26.html m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedAdvice on first build (Gaming) $1200-1500 4+ years Forum First build, exclusively for gaming, $1200-1500 Forum Decent gaming pc build for 1200-1500USD? Forum Solved1200-1500 dollar gaming pc build Forum Solved[$1200-$1500] Gaming PC Build Forum SolvedI am making $600 gaming pc build (first time) and want help Forum SolvedIs this a good gaming pc build (this is my first time building) Forum SolvedIs this a good gaming pc build (this is my first time building) Forum SolvedIs this a good gaming pc build (this is my first time building) Forum SolvedIs this a good gaming pc build (this is my first time building) Forum SolvedHelp! first time pc build Amd FX 8350 for gaming? Forum SolvedDoes this Build look well for a Gaming PC? (First time builder) Forum Custom gaming pc build budget $1200-$1500 Forum SolvedFirst Time Gaming PC Build Help Forum Solvedfirst time gaming pc build need help ! Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !