Mid level Gaming Build Tags: New Build Systems Last response: July 29, 2012 8:39 PM in Systems Share jzureich21 July 29, 2012 7:44:40 PM Approximate Purchase Date: This week Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 700-800 After shipping and before rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor. Brand new build Do you need to buy OS: No Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Cheapest reliable site Location: Toledo, Ohio USA Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Leaning towards intel processor and no preferences otherwise Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080 Additional Comments: I want a rig that will give me the most gaming potential for my buck. I am fairly unconcerned about noise level and how the system looks. Here is what I picked out but this is my first time building so suggestions are very much appreciated! Motherboard: MSI Z77MA-G45 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6 GB/sec USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Graphics Card: Radeon HD6950 2 GB $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU: ANTEC High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE 8 GB (2X 4GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $54 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0 GB/s 3.5" $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case: ANTEC 300 Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Gaming Tower $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Total Cost: $840 with no tax or shipping and $35 in potential mail-in rebates More about : mid level gaming build | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove geofelt July 29, 2012 8:00:09 PM Some thoughts: Do you live near a microcenter? If so, they will sell you a 3570K for that same $190, or a 2500K for $170. My rule of thumb for a balanced gaming system is to spend twice your cpu budget on the graphics card. Here, you are 1:1 Nice psu, but way overkill. Today's 28nm cards only need a 500w psu. Buy low profile ram. 1.5v ram does not need any heat spreaders at all. Tall ones can interfere with oem coolers. Buy a $20 cm hyper212. Even if you will not OC, it will keep your pc cooler and quieter than the stock intel fcooler. It will be easier to install too. | Report abuse avenseth12 July 29, 2012 8:39:15 PM I agree you have way too much money in your PSU. Look at something like these: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular $84 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W $69 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Use the additional money and put it into a GPU like this: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $299 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>Mid level Gaming Build> Related ressources: ForumCritique My Mid-Level Gaming Build $1000-$1500 Budget ForumSpec'd out new $600 HTPC/ mid-level gaming build . Thoughts? ForumNew build Mid Level Gaming Rig ForumMid Level Gaming First Build Interested in Longevity Forum$500 Mid-Level Gaming Build ForumFirst Build / Need Advice For Mid-Level Gaming PC ForumAdvice on my possible mid-level gaming build please? *First Build * ForumMid level gaming rig ForumAPU Mid-level Gaming ForumBuild Review <$1,000 mid level Gaming System ForumBuilding a Mid-Level Gaming Computer Forum~$1000 new mid-level gaming build ForumMid-level gaming build ForumNew Build Mid-level gaming /office productivity $500 ForumPSU Recommedations for new mid-level gaming PC ForumGTX 660 Ti vs HD 7870 vs GTX 670 for Mid-level gaming Forum[New Build ] Any suggestions of my mid-level gaming build ? ForumHTPC Mobo+CPU ~$150 ForumQuiet Build for Mid Level Gaming ForumNew build Mid Level Gaming Rig More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !