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Gaming rig for ~$1200

Approximate Purchase Date: This month, most likely.
Budget Range: A little over $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Unsure at the moment, but I may have a spare Windows 7 OS install I can use, and I already have a mouse. Keyboard and Monitor not required for now.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I only really know about Newegg, but if there are better deals on other sites that is fine.
Country: Michigan, United States
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: No prior experience with overclocking, but the capability to do so wouldn't hurt.
SLI or Crossfire: Same as above, though planning on possibly doing it later on when the money is available for it.
Monitor Resolution:
Additional Commenst:
Being my first foray into building my own desktop, I had this link suggested to me to fit roughly around my price range.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_pc_any_budget_three_builds_500_2000?page=0,2

I'm planning on scaling back in some regards though with that suggested build. 2TB would be overkill for me, a good 500bg drive is just fine for me. The SSD is optional as far as I'm aware, so I can do without that as well.

I was curious though if that would be the best bang for my buck, or if I could do better?
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  1. Best answer
    A little over budget but here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1254.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 14:32 EDT-0400)
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1021001 $146.98 save: $18.00 - $25.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $124.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577 $189.99 (walk in only) Detroit/Madison Heights Store
    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99 - $29.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1343861864&sr=1-4 $80.68 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_cp_e_1 $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJCWM/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir01?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-8&pf_rd_r=02JEMMPC8CA8XZYDYM64&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353701242&pf_rd_i=193870011 $104.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-120G-G25

    Total: $743.22 *not including rebates & shipping


    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gtx_660_ti_2gb_reference_video_card_review/index.html <----- GTX 660 ti 2GB Review w/benchmarks (due for release August 16th) $250 - $300

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Evga-GTX_660_Ti-GeForce-Kepler-gpu,16453.html <----- more on that card

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $88.73 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554 $134.99 (walk in only)
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html/ <----- another look at that case with links to online reviews
  3. Dam it! Why_Me & g-unit1111 beat me to it lol!Both those builds are top notch OP good luck!
  4. heres what i would get. surprisingly, the crucial m4 with a transfer kit is cheaper than the bare drive

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dCof
  5. Thanks a ton for the help yall, and I wouldn't worry too much about going over the budget. All of those still pretty much fit into what I have to spend, though G's is right on the edge of that limit.
  6. cursedseishi said:
    Thanks a ton for the help yall, and I wouldn't worry too much about going over the budget. All of those still pretty much fit into what I have to spend, though G's is right on the edge of that limit.


    Staying in budgets has never been my strong point. :lol:

    If you want to stay under $1200 you could drop the SSD for now and add it in later. Or you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and you wouldn't lose much.
  7. g-unit1111 said:
    Staying in budgets has never been my strong point. :lol:

    If you want to stay under $1200 you could drop the SSD for now and add it in later. Or you could drop the video card to a Radeon 7950 and you wouldn't lose much.


    Heh, budgets are meant to be broken though!
    But I'll definitely keep that in mind in case I lose a bit of cash.
  8. Alright, well it looks like I'll be using G-Unit's suggestion for my build. Glancing around outside of Newegg, I can get the price to pretty close to 1200 too, so that's a big plus in cost.

    Which is good, because it looks like I'll be losing a direct connection to my router and will have to nab a wireless card as well! So my next question is, will I be able to just add the card to what I have, or will I need to drop something? And what would be a good wireless card for online gaming?
  9. Here is my recent build. I don't know about you but I've never been a huge storage freak so this time I went single 256GB SSD. Plus if I ever need more storage I can always buy a second 256GB SSD which when that time comes will most likely be half of what they cost now. My mobo supports SLI as well which means in 12 months --> another GTX 670 :sol:

    rig is in the sig. It was $1260
  10. cursedseishi said:
    Alright, well it looks like I'll be using G-Unit's suggestion for my build. Glancing around outside of Newegg, I can get the price to pretty close to 1200 too, so that's a big plus in cost.

    Which is good, because it looks like I'll be losing a direct connection to my router and will have to nab a wireless card as well! So my next question is, will I be able to just add the card to what I have, or will I need to drop something? And what would be a good wireless card for online gaming?


    Just get any wifi USB adapter - that is all I ever use.
  11. Best answer selected by cursedseishi.
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