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$1000 Gaming PC Build

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August 5, 2012 9:47:11 PM

I am finally getting around to building a proper Gaming PC after years of being outdated -- looking forward to NOT playing with half as many frames per second as everyone else!

So far I have already bought these components:

Monitor: ASUS ML239H 1920x1080 23" LED IPS Monitor

Case: NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower

Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers from previous build

I am aiming to be able to play games like MechWarrior Online, Guild Wars 2, Shogun 2 and SimCity. I never play FPS games (MechWarrior notwithstanding) but I still would like to play DX11 games in the future so I think I still want something at the level of a GTX 670 or HD 7950. I also do some PCSX2/Dolphin emulation and will OC my CPU to 4.3GHz to get full speeds.

The way I see it I want to allocate around $800 for the rest of the components – CPU, GPU, motherboard, HDD/SSD, optical drives, PSU, and CPU heat sink but currently I think the prices are too high.

So without further ado, here is my intended build (all prices in USD):

CPU: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor - $189.99

Motherboard: GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard -$111.96 (Open Box)

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 - $399.99

PSU:OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular – $49.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $59.99

CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm – $25.46

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB - $113.99

SSD: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III - $140

TOTAL: $1091.37

Any clues on where I can trim the fat to get closer to my ~$800 budget? I think I will wait till Microcenter has a combo available on the 3570k or even a 2500k combo to save some money. Additionally the GTX 670 is probably overkill for what I want so I will probably save $100 or so and take a GTX 660 Ti when it comes out at (hopefully) $300.

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August 5, 2012 9:50:46 PM

Definitely the SSD. Drop the SSD or get a 120/128GB model. You didn't give a price for the RAM. Also, might want to get an i5-2500K instead.
August 5, 2012 9:51:25 PM

If he does that, drop the Z77 to Z68.
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August 5, 2012 9:52:25 PM

Z77 mobos are the same price as Z68's.
August 5, 2012 9:56:52 PM

obsama1 said:
Definitely the SSD. Drop the SSD or get a 120/128GB model. You didn't give a price for the RAM. Also, might want to get an i5-2500K instead.


Whoops, thanks you are right:

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $59.99

I think the SSD is probably what I will give up for now, maybe wait for Black Friday 2012 and hope for something to cross $0.50 per GB. What will I lose if I get a 2500k instead of 3570k if I plan on overclocking.
August 5, 2012 9:57:00 PM

No reason to get the 2500k then. It only heats up when you up the voltage.
August 5, 2012 9:58:56 PM

Also I forgot to define what I meant by overclock. I am shooting for around 4.3Ghz on the 3570k.
August 5, 2012 10:05:47 PM

Possible, but 4.2 GHz is ideal as it equals 4.5 GHz SB, and at that point, anything above won't benefit you too much.
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