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Gaming/HTPC for ~$1000

Last response: in Systems
October 26, 2012 5:05:11 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

Current total after rebates: $1,089.46


I'm looking to build a system primarily for gaming, but it will also be part of my rooms entertainment system. I am planning to OC the CPU and GPU, but the PSU I've selected is just for running stock, so I'm sure that will need bumped up. Any suggestions for maybe shaving off a few bucks without sacrificing performance? Have peripherals for now that I will be upgrading later so they are not needed to be included in this builds overall price. Also, any recommendations on how big of a PSU I may actually need with the OC's?


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October 26, 2012 5:34:20 PM

A corsair cx500 PSU should do the job fine.

If you want to cut costs, but not sacrifice performance, you can cut your RAM down to 1600. You won't see the difference with 1866.

You can drop your case down to this, or something similar. Cases are really personal preference. Cooler master, Cougar, Rosewill, NZXT, are good. There are others that are good, but NOT raidmax.

You could also cut your HDD down to a WD blue or green since you have the SSD as your main drive, but its up to you.

Other than that, I wouldn't cut anything else from your build it looks really nice.

November 2, 2012 4:47:29 PM

Best answer selected by Denzig76.
November 2, 2012 8:27:48 PM

Glad I could help!