1000-1200$ gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1000-1200$ USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Browsing web, gaming, movies, general pc work

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, or another reliable US site

Country: US

Parts Preferences: doesnt matter, would prefer 22-23" monitor tho

Overclocking: Yes a little

SLI or Crossfire: in the future yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Hey, first time builder here and I have been doing research for about a month now to pick some decent parts for this build. Please let me know what you think and I welcome all advice no matter what you say. Thank you for the help.


--------------------------Build---------------------------
CPU: i5-3570k --- I am set on buying this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7850 --- I have this already but if any of the other 7850 are better I can return it.

MOBO: Asrock Extreme 4 --- I really like this board and I see that it allows me to crossfire in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Case: Rosewill R5 --- New case has me wanting it so bad, but I will accept any recommendations here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147161

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB --- not sure here, I have no clue what to get.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

COOLER: Hyper 212 + --- seems good and cheap, will accept recommendations
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600 mhz --- Would like suggestions here for this price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W --- Combo with the R5 case with a nice discount and its modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182133

DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner --- on sale
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 22" --- Need suggestions here for a decent monitor around the 100-140 price
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2094634&CatId=2775

Cost: roughly 1060, willing to go a little higher.


So this is the build I am contemplating buying this week. I have done a little research and this is what I have came up with. Some things can be based on combos or deals could change it but I would like opinions on this build. Let me know any problems or bottlenecks you might see. Thank you
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  1. Everything is fine, except if you're going to overclock (which you should), you should get 2500k instead of the ivy bridge. Ivy Bridge is slightly better at stock, but overclocks less well. Ivy Bridge is basically not that good an upgrade for desktop computer. The huge upgrade is on the integrated graphics... so you could save on that, either add an SSD or get two hard drives and put them in RAID 0, or return your GPU and get a better one like 7870, or even 7950.
  2. Everything looks great. You did a good job.

    1 thing. Hard Drive.. Go with this one, has a much lower failure rate, and should be faster then the Caviar Blue. This are on Caviar Black level speed. I have 2x 1tb spinpoints, for over a year now , and they are great.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
  3. I recommend the updated version of the 212, the 212 Evo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  4. 3570K for sure if only doing a small overclock (4.2 or so with that Evo). If you live near a microcenter, they have a $100 off combo with that cpu and an asrock extreme4.
  5. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335826538&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335805455&sr=1-5 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910431 $374.98
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_6?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335686168&sr=1-6 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B00413PHEQ $149.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099 <----- that same monitor @ newegg

    Total: $967.87 *not including shipping and rebates
  6. ismaeljrp said:
    Everything looks great. You did a good job.

    1 thing. Hard Drive.. Go with this one, has a much lower failure rate, and should be faster then the Caviar Blue. This are on Caviar Black level speed. I have 2x 1tb spinpoints, for over a year now , and they are great.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181



    Ill take a look at that harddrive, I really do not know that much regarding them but I see yours is only a sata 3 gb/s. Does that matter?


    Also does anyone have any comments regarding the rosewill R5 case. I have not seen a single review or comment about it since release.

    I also think I am going to go with this monitor now...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316


    To the cooler comment, does it really change that much between the 2 coolers???
    I will be looking to buy an SSD later hopefully once they drop in price some and I know nothing about the raid 0 stuff you are talking about.
  7. So i just decided to buy a new keyboard and mouse to, any recommendations?
  8. drok522 said:
    So i just decided to buy a new keyboard and mouse to, any recommendations?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RRLQIO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-JQD-00001-SideWinder-X4-Keyboard/dp/B002ZV51DI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $45.48 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002J9GDXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $57.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse
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