Under $1200 Gaming PC Tags: New Build Processors Systems Product Last response: August 11, 2012 10:36 PM in Systems Share afrocheeze August 11, 2012 9:57:54 PM Approximate Purchase Date: This week Budget Range: $1000-$1200 after rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, possibly HTPC, future VMs Are you buying a monitor: Using my 1080p tv Overclocking: Possible as I get more experienced I'm grabbing all the parts at microcenter this weekend in one bulk run. I'm mostly concerned about compatibility; it's hard for me to figure out the motherboard stuff. Case: Cooler Master HAF912 - $50 Mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 - $60 ($110-$50 combo with processor) or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 $85 (again combo with processor) Processor: Core i5 3570K - $190 Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2048MB - $300 Main Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB 1600 - $110 Storage: Crucial m4 256GB - $190 Power Supply: PCP&C Silencer MK III 600W - $50AR $950 after rebates (plus tax) The only things I won't really budge on are the processor and the minimum size of the SSD. I'd like to stick with 2x8 GB ram as well. Also, are there any other parts I need to buy? (CPU cooler, cables, etc?) More about : 1200 gaming azeem40 August 11, 2012 10:07:40 PM Looks good. You will need a CPU Cooler like the Hyper 212. Get the UD3H. m 0 l afrocheeze August 11, 2012 10:18:33 PM Would it be worth it to upgrade to the GTX 670 at $100 more? m 0 l Related resources Gaming PC for under $1200AUD - Forum Gaming PC under $1200 for playing all games maxed out at 1080p - Forum Good Gaming PC Build For Under $1200 - Forum Gaming PC for Under $1200 - Forum Final step - compatibility issues and bottleneck test(See my build-gaming PC under 1100-1200$) - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer azeem40 August 11, 2012 10:25:05 PM Sure, but the 7870 will already max most games at your res. m 0 l afrocheeze August 11, 2012 10:28:05 PM Great, I'll stick with the 7870 then. Thanks! m 0 l nafoni August 11, 2012 10:36:57 PM Yes, would be worth upgrading to a GTX 670 if you're fine with spending a bit more. And yes, get a CPU cooler if you're ever going to overclock. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is your best bet. Comparision between your motherboards. The pro4 will be perfectly fine, but if you want more USB 3.0 ports, a power button etc. the UD3H is certainly an excellent deal at 85$. Do you want to buy a HDD as well? I see no optical drive either. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Best gaming PC under $1200? Forum SolvedHelp building a gaming pc under 1200 Forum Best gaming pc build under $1200 Forum Best gaming pc build under $1200 Forum Help me build the best gaming pc under AUS$1200 Forum Help me build my first gaming pc under $1200-1300 Forum Building a gaming pc under 1200. Your view on parts? Forum Need Help!! Gaming/Recording/Editing PC under $1200 Forum Need Suggestion for Best Gaming PC with i5 ivybridge under 1200$ Forum Gaming pc under $1200? Forum New Student/Gaming PC Under 1200 Forum Build a great gaming pc under $1200 today march-2010 Forum Gaming PC for under 1200 Forum Best Gaming PC For Under $1200 Forum Solvedany other gaming laptop under 1200 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !