Build New Gaming/Programming PC (Narrow to ~$1000)

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid July
Budget Range: $800-$1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Surf Internet, Watch Movies
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: Not necessary
SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary
Monitor Resolution: Higher == better
Additional Comments: I would much rather spend my money building my own PC than buying from Dell but I haven't been able to get the price under $1000 with Windows included. I've also haven't been paying much attention to PC parts recently since I've been moving too much to use a home PC for anything other than internet. I know there are probably better options than this, but I was going from what I had seen and right now I'm at $1219.90, I'd like to be closer to $1k even if possible. Also, I've never built my own PC before so if I'm missing something else, please let me know.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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  1. You can get a GTX 570 for cheaper than that 560TI look here
  2. You've made good choices here. It's certainly possible to get the total cost lower, but I don't see anything obvious without some downgrades.

    A first step might be to cut the BD-ROM drive; most gamers use a much cheaper DVD combo drive. If you're really watching blu-ray, then I guess you have no choice.

    You could downgrade from a Z77+3570k+custom cooler to a single-PCIe slot Ivy Bridge board along with a 3550. That would save money on the aftermarket cooler, on the processor, and on the board. But it cuts your ability to SLI/crossfire later. So you have to think about your priorities. In terms of gaming, the 3570k will be only negligibly different from a 3550.

    Speaking of gaming, since this is a gaming build, you may want to upgrade your video card. It's the single most important part for gaming--definitely more important than the CPU. The 7850 is a consensus choice around this price. If you really want an nvidia, there are some 570s available for about $250-260 post-rebate on newegg, which is only about $30 more than what you're spending on that 560 Ti. But it will make a difference. By the way, what resolution monitor are you running this on?

    So, those are some thoughts to shave off a few bucks. Last thing you might consider is dropping the PSU down to a 650 W unit.
  3. If Microcenter is an option for you, you can save $85 by buying the CPU ($189.99) and that mobo ($89.99 when bundled with the i5-3570k) there. It's in store only though I think.
  4. for gaming try to spend the most on the GPU
    here is an example build to not let you add another card but will give you a card that will be good for 2-3 years of gaming

    MOBO+HDD:MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 and Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $204.98

    CPU:Intel Core i5-3550 - $199.99 with code EMCNDHJ25


    CASE: i recommend 300R

  5. You can save 35 dollars by buying this mobo +HD combo and you can save 40 dollars by buying this PSU and you could save 20 dollars by getting this ram RAM:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR better GPU $5 cheaper
    other than that there no way to save anymore without seriously downgrading and losing overclocking CPU which i don't recommend with this your saving around $100.00 i think that's pretty good plus your getting GTX 570
  6. Thanks for the replies everyone. I think I've decided on a final build, but I just wanted to know how much of a tradeoff the 7850 vs 570 is for this system. Also, will I have any issues adding a regular HDD to this afterwards for more storage?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

    GPU: HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

    RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

    Storage: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

    Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

    Disc Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner

    With Windows 7 this brings me to 1041 after mail-in rebates. Is there anything else I need to build and run with this system or is this complete? I've been looking through the home build manuals and saw that the Hyper 212 includes thermal paste, so I didn't get any for that.

    Thanks again for all your input.
  7. Best answer
    You won't have any issues with adding HD later and the GTX 570 vs R7850 The 7850 is roughly 6% slower than the 570 stock vs. stock, but the 7850 has more overclocking headroom. The 7850 also has 2gb of V-RAM, vs 1.28gb on the 570 (important dependent on your resolution and what games you play)

    They are neck-in-neck in most cases:

    I would recommend the 570 over the 7850 (unless you play vram heavy games). IF you are a bf3 fan then the GTX 570 is a no brainer both perform well. The 570 is faster the 7850 will use less power.
    Go with what you like. Most likely some games will favor one, some the other.
  8. Best answer selected by dfdavis.
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