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Advice on a gaming computer $1200.00 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: 1200.00 to 1300.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: WD black 1tb

Do you need to buy OS: Nope

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any works for me

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Later, when price drops for second gpu

Your Monitor Resolution: 1x 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Working on 4yo pc at home, Buying one for work made me want one.

Below is what I have come up with so far after doing some research. Looking for suggestions on anything that could use a upgrade. Comes out a little under my top end budget so have some room.


CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $25.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 $209.98
Memory Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99
Storage Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $89.99
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB $299.99
Case Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower $144.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $127.50
Optical Drive Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $54.99


Thank you
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.26 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($185.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($60.39 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1320.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    CPU: Fine.
    Cooler: The Noctua cools better and is quieter, which will allow for better overclocking. You can probably reach 4.5 with it.
    Motherboard: The Gigabyte mobo is a waste since it has no real improvements over the Asrock I listed. It doesn't even support 3-way SLI/Crossfire. 3-way is out of your budget.
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance only costs a bit more and the color scheme fits with your motherboard.
    Storage: You may want to get a 256GB SSD if it's still within your budget. 128GB is still tight for games/OS/programs.
    Video Card: The 7970 will be perfect for 1080p gaming and you can overclock it to GTX 680/7970 Ghz speeds.
    Case: Fine.
    Power Supply: You won't need 80+ Gold for a power supply. 80+ Bronze does the trick.
    Optical Drive: Fine.
  2. single channel memory will bog you down

    much better build. the 650d is overrated and overpriced. it runs pretty hot and pretty loud
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jnia
  3. I like the corsair 650D case, I bought it early 2011. Unlike the poster above it does not get hot at all. Check the charts on the 650D versus other cases it stays
    pretty cool. I however have a Corsair H70 cpu cooler and it never gets above 37 degrees. If you overclock its a different story may go up in the 50's while playing games but hey thats still cool! Motherboard is like 34 degrees.
    However, Mid towers are so bulky these days. I suggest a Mini ITX build!
    This one I posted is awesome because the Silverstone SG08 comes with a 600watt power supply with short cables. You could also swap the PSU for a modular one like they did in this article

    http://xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/mini-itx-gaming-htpc-building-the-ultimate-powerhouse/12/


    If you have an extra hundred i'd swap the GTX 670 for the GTX 680. If you want to see a similar build on youtube check this guy's build.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itXt2wWXf1g&lc=x2SklqjXNTcqlAeikMzwBPXt89aWCWvWmAy7O74C_ow&feature=inbox


    http://imageshack.us/a/img194/4634/itxbuild.png

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    *Correction* I meant to put in this motherboard

    ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312
  4. you can do better than that
  5. Best answer
    I just configured this build. Waiting to order soon, but after doing a week worth of research you'd be hard set to find a better build from what I can tell.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.99 @ Best Buy)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1029.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. Best answer selected by Steven_e.
  7. Really like this build, I think the only thing I am going with different is the Fractal design case TheBigTroll suggested.

    Thanks Everyone

    Will let you know how it turns out
  8. Steven_e said:
    Really like this build, I think the only thing I am going with different is the Fractal design case TheBigTroll suggested.

    Thanks Everyone

    Will let you know how it turns out


    you do know that i have

    -a better motherboard
    -a ssd equivalent to the vertex4 but cheaper
    -cheaper ram
    -much better power supply
    -and higher end GPU
  9. I know it's too late, but I still wanna help you get the most out of your money and point out some stuff.
    Here you go,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1155.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Got you a good 7970 GHz Edition, the only thing that can beat that is a 690.
    You can add another card in the future without changing PSU with mine, the one you're getting is a 650w- overkill for 1 GPU, and insufficient for 2.
    I got you both a storage drive, and an SSD.
    About the ASRock vs Gigabyte motherboard, I'll leave that to the end user or this will turn into a hardware wars.
  10. Yeah I was kind of quick on the draw on that one. I went with a combination of all the ones listed. came out a little over the budget I was looking for but think I got what will work out good for me.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $44.99
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $127.50
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

    added a fan controller and some thermal compound to the order.

    Thanks again everyone
  11. I don't get why you need 2 SSDs, with one being 128gb.
    750w is too close to the edge when you add another 7970 GHz. Please consider the 850w I suggested, it's good quality and maxed amperage.
  12. the stock thermal compound is like 1-3c away from most other pastes in most tests. you most likely wasted money
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