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[New Build] $1200 Gaming Build - Advice Please!

I'm looking to finally upgrade from my e8500 + 2x 4850. I'll be purchasing a new monitor to play at 1920 x 1080. I have one selected but would like input on that choice. I may be OC'ing in the future so I want to leave myself with enough power. I'd like to keep the build under $1200 and that must include OS and monitor.

Any suggestions, tips, comments, helpful pointers would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1104.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. Well since you are almost $100 under budget you could get the 7950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
    It comes with three games so that is almost like $100 off anyways. Other than that it looks perfect.
  2. You could honestly save some money and still get a better build.

    Check out my $1000 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147312351
    Since you can locally pickup from Microcenter (I assume from your PCPartPicker), you'll save $60 there.
    Total: $986

    Windows 8 $80: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4864601&sku=M17-8100&SRCCODE=WEM3308TT&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM3308-_-tigeremail3308&utm_source=EML&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=WEM3308&cm_lm=dannyhyu@msn.com
    Acer 23" monitor $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009421

    True total: $1186

    Save more money, and you'll get a better graphics card, better SSD, a better motherboard, and a better PSU all allowing you to SLI/CF at 8x/8x in the future as well as a nicer tower in my opinion.
  3. Any idea on if the RAM I selected has too high of a profile? I don't want to run into issues with the CPU Fan.
  4. g0ne said:
    Any idea on if the RAM I selected has too high of a profile? I don't want to run into issues with the CPU Fan.


    If you're that concerned go with G.Skill Ares or Mushkin Silverline - both have low profile heat sinks.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($50.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1265.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you want to stay under $1200 then drop the Vertex 4 otherwise that is what you should get.
  5. I really like your build Aznshinobi. If I plan on playing at 1920 x 1080 is there any real benefit in purchasing a 7950 ?

    Although I really like your build g-unit, I think the graphics card is a little too much for me. I do think I'll be getting a z77 extreme4 instead of my currently selected mobo.
  6. The purpose in getting a 7950 is more for the future. Also it does get a better benchmark score so I would say it's worth it. Also I would get the 7950 from newegg because there is a deal where you get hitman, far cry 3, and sleeping dogs.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=7950&x=0&y=0
    I am not sure if that deal is on that website as well. I think it is supposed to be on all websites though.
  7. This looks a little more definitive.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1240.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  8. The only thing I would do is get a cheaper motherboard, because it didn't seem like you wanted to cfx. There is no reason to get a board more than $110 if you aren't going to crossfire/sli.
  9. Do you think the ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg) would work fine?
  10. At 1080P, you should go with a 7950. I don't understand what was wrong with my build? The total ended up being less but you got more. A better PSU, the similar motherboard, a better SSD, a better GPU and an equivalent if not better monitor. Plus you got Windows 8 for less than Windows 7.

    Check out my $1000 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147312351
    Since you can locally pickup from Microcenter (I assume from your PCPartPicker), you'll save $60 there.
    Total: $986

    Windows 8 $80: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4864601&sku=M17-8100&SRCCODE=WEM3308TT&cm_mmc=email-_-Main-_-WEM3308-_-tigeremail3308&utm_source=EML&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=WEM3308&cm_lm=dannyhyu@msn.com
    Acer 23" monitor $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009421

    True total: $1186

    Even if you didn't get the Microcenter discount, the extra $60 still put you at your current total before rebates.
  11. My build is very similar to yours. I did take your recommendation and change the mobo. I probably won't be xfiring but want the board for its OCing ability. The monitor you've posted is awesome, but no hdmi. For the OS, I'd prefer to stick with Windows 7 for the time being. I think I'm going to take your suggestion on the SSD drive though, the Samsung looks great.
  12. go with this samsung SSD

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pc128bww

    does not come with the installation kit but the case should pretty much have a SSD adapter

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1032600
    z77+win7 combo

    7870 comes pretty close to the 7950 IMO it is not worth the extra money
  13. g0ne, if it is z77 it ocs
  14. But if you get the same price, I don't see why not go with the 7950? If you aren't planning to Crossfire, just go with the Z77 Pro3, the OCing ability will practically be the same.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297&Tpk=Z77%20Pro3

    Also you can save more on the PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030&Tpk=neo%20eco%20520

    Quite honestly if you're playing at 1080P, you should be running a 7950. But that's just me...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
  15. This might be it. Only thing that might be overkill is the power supply. I'm not very familiar with Antec PSUs and don't know if I want to commit to the one aznshinobi is suggesting.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1157.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  16. Yeah the psu is a bit overkill but it is a good price so I don't see you having to get a weaker one.
  17. I just noticed that the NZXT Phantom case does not have USB 3.0 headers. Any ideas on a case around $100 that looks nice and has USB 3.0 headers? I like the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced but its $139.99.
  18. I think I'm going to go with a NZXT Phantom 410 for the case ($99). Ordering parts tomorrow!
  19. 15% off.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

    Also, the Antec is made by Seasonic, OEM'd by them at least based off the Seasonic M12II design. So it'll be more than solid. After the $10 discount it costs $20 less than your Corsair and your corsair's price is after a rebate that may not come.
  20. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($159.90 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1177.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  21. the 410 rubber grommets are flimsy, the height of the case pretty much makes it almost a full tower, the plastic front and top are flimsy. i think you would have a much better time with a storm scout 2, 500R, or fractal design define. i personally had a 410 and returned it due to being low quality(should of known as it was from NZXT) and gotten me a different case(600T)
  22. I'm also looking at the Antec 1100. Looks to be a solid case. My current computer is sitting in an Antec 900 and I have nothing but good things to say about it.
  23. i rarely suggest an antec case because i had bad personal experience from them.

    Antec cases usually fill flimsy to me so i stay around cases that i know that are of higher quality.

    it seems that you want a clear side panel so ill find a few clear side panel cases that are pretty nice.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352023

    of course for the antec case, it was a bit long ago so it may have changed serverly.
  24. boulbox said:
    i rarely suggest an antec case because i had bad personal experience from them.

    Antec cases usually fill flimsy to me so i stay around cases that i know that are of higher quality.

    it seems that you want a clear side panel so ill find a few clear side panel cases that are pretty nice.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352023

    of course for the antec case, it was a bit long ago so it may have changed serverly.


    Huh, I've never had problems with Antec. I like the One, and the 1100 looks very promising as well. I can't really say I'm a fan of the 900 though.
  25. Here's the finalized build. Buying parts now. I'll post pictures once it's completed. Thanks everyone for the help!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($98.48 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1215.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  26. Best answer
    It looks good to me.
  27. Best answer selected by g0ne.
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