2012 Gaming Build Help plz

Hi Guys,

Havent built a computer in a long time and am trying to get back into it. It will be used primarily for gaming, and since iv been out of the game for a while any help would be appreciated. I dont really want to spend any more than $1200, and although i have never over-clocked id like to try it in the future. Any way keeping all that in mind the only thing I have picked out so far is the CPU so I have a long way to go. Hopefully with your guys help I can get an awesome gaming comp up and running. Next thing i want to pick out is the motherboard, any ideas?


Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pick all the parts

Budget Range: dont really want to spend more than 1200 but could go to 1500 if I had to

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes, never done it but def want to try in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, dont really have a preference between amd and nvidia

Monitor Resolution: I have a separate budget for a Monitor havent bought it yet

Additional Comments: Havent done this in a while, looking forward to making the best build i can


This is what i got so far

CPU: i5 2500k

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  1. Would love more details to better help you:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. Thanks

    Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pick all the parts

    Budget Range: dont really want to spend more than 1200 but could go to 1500 if I had to

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: Intel

    Overclocking: Yes, never done it but def want to try in the future

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, dont really have a preference between amd and nvidia

    Monitor Resolution: I have a separate budget for a Monitor havent bought it yet

    Additional Comments: Havent done this in a while, looking forward to making the best build i can
  3. Check the $1500 build on my sig. That's 2500k + HD7970 including OS. Dropping down to a HD7950 would put you at around $1300.
  4. Here we go:

    CPU: Intel i5-2500K - $230:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $20 AR:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $122:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    CASE + HDD: Corsair 500R and WD Caviar Black 750GB combo - $260 AR:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.828806

    PSU: XFX 850W - $125 AR:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017&Tpk=xfx%20850

    OD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - $18:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz - $48:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    SSD: Crucial M4 128GB - $163:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    GPU: EVGA GTX 580 - $460 AR:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590

    That comes to about $1,446 after rebates (before taxes and shipping).

    That will kill most games you play on 1920x1080 monitor resolution.

    Ways to cut cost:

    - Drop or reduce size of SSD.
    - Downgrade GPU.
    - Stick with SSD until HDD prices drop.
    - Go deal hunting.
  5. steadywaters said:


    Sorry, but the GTX580 is irrelevant right now IMO. HD7950 has better performance for a lower price.
  6. ^ Ah right, I keep forgetting they came out. Ditch GTX 580 for 7950.
  7. Thanks for the feedback guys, couple of questions


    Should i go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 over the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Or over an asus board? like the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    def agree on the video card thought maybe id even go with the 7970 do you think that would be worth the extra 100 bucks
  8. The ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a popular budget motherboard for all your system needs. The Extreme4 has a few upgrades such as more PCI slots, more storage drive connectors, and onboard USB 3.0 connectors.

    The ASUS board is a quality board (I happen to have it). The ASUS board has features similar to the Extreme4 Gen3. Most people, as I did, went with ASUS because of the longer warranty (3 years vs. ASRock's 2 years) and the highly regarded quality brand.

    If you are willing to spend the money, I'd vouch for the ASUS.
  9. Think im going to go with the asus z68, havent built a pc in almost 4 years. Is that board easy to get up and running? do you think ill run into any problems?
  10. Building a PC is so simply these days... I built my first ever (and watercooled it) with ease.
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