Building my first gaming PC

Hi, first time poster here :)

I'm planning to build my own gaming pc within the next couple of months. My budget is about 1200-1400 $ not including monitor, but as I live in Norway, the prices are approximately 20-25% above the US (as far as I can see..)

I've thought about the i5 3570K processor and the Asus GTX670, but I'm lost when it comes to just about everything else.
I would like advice as to which motherboard I should choose for this price range, and what a cheaper board limits compared to a more expensive one.
Advice on cabinets, ram and HDD is much appreciated. I have a 120gig Intel SSD (320-series, I think) which I hope to use in the new build.

My last wish for my build is that it should be as future proof as possible within the price range I mentioned at the top.

Cheers!
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  1. personaly i would say for the cpu to go for a intel i7-3770(if it is in your price range)or if not i would probly reccomend the amd fx-8150 as is really great for the price
  2. Any thoughts on the rest of the setup? I really don't know anything about the different chipsets on motherboards for example.
  3. Your CPU and GPU choices are solid.

    As for mobo get the ASRock Z77 Pro3 or the Extreme4 if you're planning SLI in the near future.

    I like the Swedish Fractal Design cases.

    8 GB 1600 MHz RAM is fine, make sure it's 1.5V or less and get the cheapest one.

    The SSD is good. Pair it with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for storage.

    These choices should maximize your value.
  4. FinneousPJ said:
    Your CPU and GPU choices are solid.

    As for mobo get the ASRock Z77 Pro3 or the Extreme4 if you're planning SLI in the near future.

    I like the Swedish Fractal Design cases.

    8 GB 1600 MHz RAM is fine, make sure it's 1.5V or less and get the cheapest one.

    The SSD is good. Pair it with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for storage.

    These choices should maximize your value.



    Thanks for the input!
    I guess a build kind of like this then:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j98c

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $949.48

    Anything else I would need to think about? Additional cooling, or is stock cooling for processor good enough? Extra/bigger/better fans?

    Edit: Note, this build, after just a quick look in at stores, will come to about 1400$ where I'm from..
  5. Yep seems brilliant. Grab the CM Hyper 212 EVO cooler.
  6. Of course a cheaper case won't affect performance.
  7. FinneousPJ said:
    Of course a cheaper case won't affect performance.


    This sounds pretty sweet. I'll be using my pc for games mostly. My screen resolution for the time being is 1680x1050. Prices in Norway is a little higher than the US/UK, so if I would want to cut costs on the setup above, I guess going for a cheaper GPU would be the way to go?
    For 1680x1050 (probably 1920x1080 in the future) gaming, not necesarily on Ultra settings, that is.
    I want a computer that plays new games without problems, but I always try to find the best combination of price and performance, and even though I like the idea of a ass kicking setup, I feel that a 400$ GPU is sort of an overkill for my need..
  8. I feel the HD7850 is the best value card for single screen gaming.
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