Help me build my first gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: 9/25 *next week from this post*

Budget Range: 1000-1100$ after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming starcraft II in HD, gaming, video encoding/editing

No monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon/Newegg

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 *Will upgrade to 1900x1200 down the road

Additional Comments: Basically im really new at this. I looked up several builds and came up with this through trial and error on gooey PC. Any advice would be great since im so new xD.

The build

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge ($310)

Cooler: XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler ($25)

GPU: GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB ($280)

PSU: CORSAIR CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 ($70)

SSD: need help choosing this

Optical: Samsung SH-222BB ($17)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB ($80)

Mobo:ASRock Fatal1ty P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard($100)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 with fans ($50)

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 ($44)

Total ($961)
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($360.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1277.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 00:29 EDT-0400)
  2. thanks ^ im heading to bed ill be back in the morning to look it all up :D
  3. No problem your very welcome! ;)
  4. that build is a no-go!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($360.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.33 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1115.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 01:07 EDT-0400)
  5. bigcyco1 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($360.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower New 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1277.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 00:29 EDT-0400)


    An i7 is not needed for gaming and... YES! it will help you stream your gaming but even with the i5 you will get a really high framerate in starcraft
  6. idroid said:
    An i7 is not needed for gaming and... YES! it will help you stream your gaming but even with the i5 you will get a really high framerate in starcraft
    We'll let him decide i agree i5 will work fine i choose i7 because he did ;)
  7. This build allows for the option to add a second card later on for a dual card configuration. There isn't any reviews on that board down below for the fact it was just recently released.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_24?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346646210&sr=1-24 $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1061098 $152.98 save: $8.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=pd_ts_zgc_e_229189_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=1381382962&pf_rd_s=right-10&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=193870011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0BQYHFW588E8K345VTZK $215.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $32.42 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_10?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347945705&sr=1-10 $74.98 & 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/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-Software/dp/B006B7R9PU/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347869900&sr=1-2 $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

    Total: $488.21*not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7950-TWIN-FROZR-3GD5/dp/B007NG3WR2/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347927463&sr=1-2&keywords=7950 $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $314.99
    MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp/B008SBX6GI/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347927302&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+660+ti $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
    MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7870-Twin-Frozr-2GD5/dp/B007NG3WRC/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347928039&sr=1-13&keywords=7870 $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $244.99
    MSI Radeon HD7870, 2GB GDDR5, Mini DisplayPortx2, DVI-I, HDMI, PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1347928241&sr=8-3&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R785OC-2GD/dp/B007PJTNYS/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1347946683&sr=8-10&keywords=7850 $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $199.99
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R785OC-2GD


    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_z $91.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128G--G25/dp/B007ZW2LY4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347126230&sr=1-1&keywords=sandisk+128+gb+ssd $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
    SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)


    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that Asrock board
  8. idroid said:
    that build is a no-go!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($360.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.33 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1115.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 01:07 EDT-0400)
    ocz ssd :heink:
  9. bigcyco1 said:
    ocz ssd :heink:




    Brands like OCZ, NZXT, Seasonic, XFX and Gigabyte have my fanboisnm :lol:


    Ok... i fell like a nerd for sayin that.
  10. thanks a ton guys. i had heard somewhere though that i7 are much better for video encoding
  11. wrathsc2 said:
    thanks a ton guys. i had heard somewhere though that i7 are much better for video encoding


    yep.... they offer about 20-30% more speed BUT if the app you're using to encode support hardware acceleration then difference is going to be minimal.
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