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Under $1200 Gaming PC

Last response: in Systems
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

August 11, 2012 10:07:40 PM

Looks good. You will need a CPU Cooler like the Hyper 212. Get the UD3H.
August 11, 2012 10:18:33 PM

Would it be worth it to upgrade to the GTX 670 at $100 more?
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August 11, 2012 10:25:05 PM

Sure, but the 7870 will already max most games at your res.
August 11, 2012 10:28:05 PM

Great, I'll stick with the 7870 then. Thanks!
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.