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Mid range gaming PC $1200-1500

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June 2, 2012 5:03:12 PM

Hi all. Looking for some advice on my first PC build. I've helped a friend put together his system before, so I'm not totally green, but it's still a pretty daunting task finding the right blend of components. All help appreciated!

I'm following the PC request post guide here, so hopefully that makes it easy for all of you.

Date needed: Near term (1 week to 1 month), unless prices will be dropping tremendously mid summer, in which case I could wait.

Budget range: $1,000 - $1,500 before rebates

System use: Gaming (all types from Skyrim to FPS to Football Manager), maybe occasional audio editing and Photoshop work

Parts NOT required: Keyboard/mouse, monitors, speakers

Preferred parts sites: NewEgg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, but open to using others

Country: USA

Parts preference: I lean towards Intel and nVidia

Overclocking: Maybe. I would like the option, but in a hassle-free manner

SLI/Crossfire: Maybe. Won't be doing it at the start, though.

Monitor resolution: Dual monitors at 1920x1200 and 1440x900

Additional comments: No fancy looking case, but it must be well vented and easy to maneuver inside. 3-4 large case fans is a plus.

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My configuration is below. I'm not super-attached to any one part and am open to suggestions. I want a PC that will run most anything at high to maxed settings now and won't be completely obsolete in a year. There may be some parts here that are more horse than I need, though, so feel free to point that out.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower with USB 3.0 $99.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 $199.99
Intel Core i7-2600K $299.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB $329.99
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 (x2) $49.98
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W $149.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $119.99
LITE-ON BD Burner $109.99
Rosewill RNX-N300X Wireless Adapter $24.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM $189.99

Total cost on NewEgg: $1,574.89 (slightly over budget, I know)

Any comments on other things I might need (CPU heatsink and thermal paste, for example) that I didn't consider here is also appreciated. Thanks for the help!
June 2, 2012 8:18:42 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9l3D

I would go with this build ^

If you are only doing occasional editing, you probably don't need to spend the money on an i7, stick with an i5.

Also, is there a reason you are going Win7 Ultimate? Home premium is perfectly fine for most users and $100 cheaper.
June 2, 2012 8:39:23 PM

Agree 100% with cranked's build. Your original build has a few places where you've spent more money than you need to (the i7, Windows Ultimate, the $200 Z68 mobo), and the 670 is just a much better choice than the 570.

The only other thing I'd add to cranked's build is an SSD. But since he comes out under your original max budget, you should be able to fit in a 128GB drive for ~$120 easily. Just watch newegg's promos, daily deals, shellshockers, etc.
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June 4, 2012 5:46:43 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I originally went with Windows 7 Ultimate because that's the edition I'm running now (free from my university, but the problem is I've graduated and my copy is only 32 bit). Home Premium may be enough though.

I'll probably pass on the suggested Samsung Spinpoint HDD though and stick with WD. I had a Samsung drive before, and it failed after roughly six months of use. Last thing I'll still need that wasn't in the suggested build is a wireless card. Does anyone have any you've used and would recommend?
June 4, 2012 6:02:14 PM

lankylars said:
Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I originally went with Windows 7 Ultimate because that's the edition I'm running now (free from my university, but the problem is I've graduated and my copy is only 32 bit). Home Premium may be enough though.

I'll probably pass on the suggested Samsung Spinpoint HDD though and stick with WD. I had a Samsung drive before, and it failed after roughly six months of use. Last thing I'll still need that wasn't in the suggested build is a wireless card. Does anyone have any you've used and would recommend?


Ultimate isn't needed as you probably won't use XP emulation or the language packs. Samsung drives are good and they actually sold their HD division to Seagate. My work PC is running a Spinpoint F3 and it's still going strong after a year. The original build is decent but there's a lot of outdated components and if you want to spend that kind of money on a system you want the newest hardware you can get.

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Agree 100% with cranked's build. Your original build has a few places where you've spent more money than you need to (the i7, Windows Ultimate, the $200 Z68 mobo), and the 670 is just a much better choice than the 570.


The 3570K, Z77 and 670 are ideal choices but that's not that great of a build because Windows 7 Ultimate isn't needed and XMS 3 RAM is a horrible choice, you're better getting Hyper X or G.Skill Ares.

Here's a $1500 build I would suggest:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $149.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,471.89
June 4, 2012 6:03:47 PM

$69.99 for 2x4GB of RAM?
June 4, 2012 6:40:38 PM

g-unit1111 said:
It was one of the few sets I could find that wasn't Corsair Vengeance and didn't have gigantic heat sinks. Maybe this would be better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is the RAM that I use. It hasn't had a single problem, so I highly recommend it.
June 6, 2012 6:06:20 PM

Thanks again for more opinions. Based on the additional feedback, this is the system I'm leaning towards: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9Anc


Any additional comments about this build?
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