Looking to build a gaming rig, need advice and some help.

Hey all, I bought a Lenovo y570 a couple months ago and while I'm more than happy with it, I'm ready to upgrade to a more capable desktop system. I have most of the parts picked out, but I have never built a gaming rig before and I want to know if the CPU and GPU aswell as other parts are compatible with my MOBO. I also would appreciate if someone could recommend me good cables for the HDD and DVD Drive.

Components are:

Cooler Master Elite case:

Western Digital 750gig 7200rpm HDD.

Powercolor 7970:

ASUS Black 18x DVD+CD Drive:

ASUS Xonar 5.1 sound card:

Corsair CX 750w power supply:

GSkill Ripsaw 8GB (2x4GB):


Intel I5 3570:

And Arctic Silver thermal paste and windows 7 home premium for around $1,250.

Besides seeing if these are compatible (I have no idea how to check) can someone recommend a quality 1080p 22-27inch monitor for under $300 and a 5.1 capable computer speakers?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. For the same money, look at this.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jA3F
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jA3F/by_merchant/

    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 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.87 @ Newegg)

    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)

    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)

    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)

    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.47 @ Amazon)

    Other: Speakers ($70.00)

    Total: $1258.25

    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. Would brand swap the Powercolour HD7970 for this Sapphire.
    Sapphire Vapor-X HD7970. $400 ($20 rebate)

    If you want to overclock that CPU (which it is capable of on that board), you will need some aftermarket cooling. This is the budget option to go for, should support moderate overclocks.
    CM Hyper 212 EVO. $31

    Drop the sound card unless you really want it, at that price I would think it wouldn't be much better than onboard audio.

    Looks like a good rig.
  3. Ok got my parts sorted out. I got rid of the powercolor and added the sapphire 7970 3gb, got rid of the sound card also. Added an ASUS VE278Q 27 inch gaming monitor. I was considering a 120hz monitor but I did some research and found out that since most the games I'll be playing won't run at 120fps with my setup, I opted out. I could use Vsync but that kills FPS.

    Added the items to a Wish List, As soon as I get my refund check from FAFSA I'll start buying up parts.
  4. Alright, Looks like I'm only getting 1,100 back for a refund. Can someone revise my list in order to maximize performance for that price? My main goal is to run BF3, MoH Warfighter and Crysis 1 on ultra at aleast 30 fps.
  5. Are you sure you need a 27'' Monitor? I mean.. 27'' is bigger than you think. You could save some and just get a 24''
  6. Thanks, save me $100. I was a pretty avid console gamer so I guess big screens have become a habit.
  7. If you are spending that kind of money on a CPU, spend the extra $10 to get the newest version. The 3770k is far superior to the 2500k
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