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$1200 Gaming Build

Hey, making my first build in a couple of weeks and just looking for advice and comments on the build I've thought up. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: May 16, 2012

Budget Range: <1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers/Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Best quality possible within budget.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in Future

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments:


CPU:Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 $169.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

GPU: VisionTek 900505 Radeon 7850 2GB $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129230

Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 $149.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373371

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3-1600 $39.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX $84.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352164

Case:Corsair Carbide 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case $89.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366600

PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031

CD/DVD Drive: LG 22x DVD RW Super Multi Layer Burner $15.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382272

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716

TOTAL: $1270.90


So what do you think?

EDIT: Just realized the title is wrong. Should be $1300 PC.
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  1. You have a nice graphics card...why not get a motherboard and a cpu that supports it better?
    Get this Asus board. Its $220,but if purchased with a 3570k its $170!
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386887

    and also get the 3570k(obviously)...this is the latest, greatest and top of the line i5.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    The price goes up by $20 but definately worth it!

    One other thing...your OS...is...um...waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy......tooooooo.....much!
    If you get the OEM version from newegg its $100 and $120 from microsoft.

    That brings your total to $1200. Why not through in a 64gb ssd for the OS and some games? Or if you want more space upgrade to a 128gb.
    (this will speed up your pc as well as games)

    The 64gb is $81
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
    the 128gb is $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Good luck with your build!
  2. Oh btw you might want a 750w PSU. 650 is kinda skimpin' it,exscecially if you plan to go crossfire or plan to over clock.
    Why not go for this OCZ 750w? Its a great PSU! The reviews are awesome! And its $20 cheaper.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049

    Also you may want to check out Modular PSU's if you want snazzy cable management.
  3. What Andy said ^

    Other option with a 3570K combo from Microcenter is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for $90. Has plenty of sata3, sata2, usb3 and usb2 connectors. It does *not* have any firewire (1394) ports but that's not needed for a pure game rig.

    Corsair cases rock.

    I built this PC two days ago with the asrock z77 and 3570k along with an SSD and it is so smooth. Perfectly stable at 4.4GHz on air (212 Evo) at 60C.

    SSD changes the experience completely. Wouldn't do a build without one.

    Definitely try to get a modular psu. My cable mess is hidden, but still a mess.

    If you're going to overclock, definitely have to add a cooler to your build. I really like the 212 Evo since you can't beat the price vs performance. Only thing to consider there is getting low profile ram so it will fit under the cooler fan (all depending on the mobo layout).
  4. Forgot to put the CPU cooler into the list. Definitely gonna be a Hyper 212 EVO. Thanks for reminding me j_e_d_70.

    Also I was planning on adding the SSD later. But for now I'll definitely bump up the PSU(still debating the 3570K) to either
    OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

    or

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M $119.90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139030.


    Now for the OS, I think I understand the difference between OEM and Retail which is that the OEM version locks itself to the motherboard so if the motherboard fails I have to replace both the motherboard and the OS right? That's why I chose the retail version.
  5. DomesticForeign said:
    Hey, making my first build in a couple of weeks and just looking for advice and comments on the build I've thought up. Thanks in advance.

    Approximate Purchase Date: May 16, 2012

    Budget Range: <1300

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming

    Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers/Headset

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Amazon

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: Best quality possible within budget.

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in Future

    Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

    Additional Comments:


    CPU:Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 $169.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    GPU: VisionTek 900505 Radeon 7850 2GB $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129230

    Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 $149.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373371

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3-1600 $39.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX $84.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352164

    Case:Corsair Carbide 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case $89.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366600

    PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031

    CD/DVD Drive: LG 22x DVD RW Super Multi Layer Burner $15.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382272

    Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716

    TOTAL: $1270.90


    So what do you think?

    EDIT: Just realized the title is wrong. Should be $1300 PC.

    Here's some changes to consider.

    Z77 board + Ivy Bridge cpu + new generation vid card (AMD 7xxx or Nvidia 6xx series cards) = PCI-E 3.0 (double the bandwidth).

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577 $189.99
    Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $139.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

    http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certified-Performance/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336081048&sr=1-3 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

    http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFVNO $349.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that Asus 7870

    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/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)
  6. If the mobo dies and you replace it with the same make and model, you are fine. If you hang on to this for a long time and the mobo is no longer available, you can call and explain the situation and you should still be good, as long as you don't try to sneak in a chipset upgrade :)
  7. @j_e_d_70 Well I guess I'll go with the OEM version then. Though what does chipset upgrade mean?

    Since the overwhelming consensus is to go with the 3570K I'll go with it if they have the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 in stock. Currently they do not but there's two weeks till I buy my parts so maybe I'll get lucky.
  8. Chipset is Z68, Z77, X79, etc.
  9. Best answer
    i think 500R looks overall better than the 400R not to mention more features
    500R with ASrock z77 extreme4

    if not heres a mobo+SSD that will let have faster loading
    ASrock extreme 4 and crucial m4 128 GB

    also save yourself some money and get this
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
  10. So the updated build looks like this

    CPU:Core i5 3570K LGA 1155 $189.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

    GPU: VisionTek 900505 Radeon 7850 2GB $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814129230

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3-1600 $39.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0382101

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKX $84.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0352164

    Case:Corsair Carbide 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case $89.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0366600

    PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Certified $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139031

    CD/DVD Drive: LG 22x DVD RW Super Multi Layer Burner $15.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0382272

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $34.99
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI

    Wireless Adapter: Premiertek PT-H10DN-1W Speedy2 $35.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833381004

    Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236059

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    NEW TOTAL: $1251.88
  11. So I swapped out the graphics card for the EVGA 670, and added a 120 GB Mushkin SSD. Thanks for the help though. Now to build it.
  12. Best answer selected by DomesticForeign.
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