Gaming Rig - $750

Approximate Purchase Date: Late August 2012

Budget Range: $750 after rebates (

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Internet - General

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except for CD/DVD Drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Quebec, Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes - though I do not plan on going crazy - thinking an intel K series processor

SLI or Crossfire: No preference

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC has recycled parts ranging from two to seven years old. Cannot handle modern games or even web-searching. Want computer that will be able to play modern PC games (for the next 3 years at least) at high settings and decent resolutions.

Also, if you feel that a certain part is crucial (but goes over the budget) please let me know!

Please be so kind as to include part picker lists if possible!

Thank you,
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    The total for this build comes to $896.79 and has $70 in mailin rebates to make the final price $826.79 and the parts can be tweeked some more to get a price that your comfortable with or you can go with it as it stands.
  2. That build looks good but there are plenty of places that cash could be saved, this would be my suggestion for a $750 gaming build:

    8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport
    ASRock Z77 Pro3
    WD Caviar Blue 500GB
    MSI R7850 Twin Frozr HD 7850 2GB
    Corsair CX-430 430W
    Antec Gaming Series One

    It's about $30 over budget at $780 but you get $50 of rebates.

    EDIT: I'll just mention as well, you could get a weaker CPU or GPU etc. but the i5-3570k and HD 7850 are great bang for your buck.
  3. Thanks. If I am going to be waiting until end of August; will there be better/cheaper options? Will this rig be able to run modern games at high settings? I'm wondering whether I should follow the Tom's Hardware build guide in September when they test and provide benchmarks.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ NCIX)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Power Supply: Corsair 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $800.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  5. Is that a winner?
  6. Looks good if you can afford it, if not then 430W is fine even with overclocking really. Ivy bridge and the HD 7850 are both really power efficient.
  7. Thanks. I'll keep that configuration saved. Perhaps in the next month there will be a price drop or two that can bring it down further.
  8. I would keep an eye on the Seasonic modular 520W PSU as well, there have been some good deals on that one recently. the XFX core 450W is very good too. Antec EA-430D is another good one.
  9. The build does look good and if you were to make any changes you might think about if later on you will ever do crossfire/sli because the motherboard that you selected does not support tow video cards.
    Also the ram would be better at 1600mhz instead of 1333mhz , but those are your choices to make if you choose to.
  10. He's right on the 1600Mhz, it's not much more cash and Ivy Bridge supports it without overclocking. I really doubt you will want to Crossfire though, unless you plan on a 3 monitor setup or something.
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