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$1200 Gaming PC Review/Suggestions

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July 7, 2012 12:47:55 AM

These are the parts I have managed to select for my build. I was wondering if you guys could review them and add any suggestions. I wouldn't mind trimming a little bit of the price off.

The computer will be used primarily for gaming, but will also be my everyday school rig.

Should run at 1920x1080 resolution? I will use it with both the monitor and my 42inch TV.

Since I have settled on a 3570K and the Radeon 7850 it seems it would be in my best interest to overclock them, so would I need some aftermarket cooling as well?

All input is welcome. I am in no way set on these parts, but it is simply my starting point.

PCPartPicker part list /
Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($106.28 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC i2353Ph 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1206.15
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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July 7, 2012 12:52:55 AM

OCZ PSU's are good, but try to get one from a better company.
SG Green HDD's have an insanely high failure rate. Get any other HDD.
The 7850 and i5 overclock very well, and you will get a lot of performance from this rig.

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July 7, 2012 1:08:55 AM

i can do better

asus card has good cooling so id go with it instead of the sapphire.

fully upgradable to 2 7850s
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July 7, 2012 1:29:36 AM

That looks pretty perfect to me Troll... so if prices drop on the 7850 in the future I can snag another one to boost performance?

Would there be any reason to get a little bit larger monitor than that one?
July 7, 2012 10:51:37 AM

no.. the larger the monitor, the less pixel density=not as clear images
July 7, 2012 10:51:57 AM

plus this one is a pretty good deal
July 17, 2012 2:48:04 AM

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