First Time Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: couple of months

Budget Range: up to 1,000, could go higher if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet usage

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, any trustworthy site

Location: Near Atlanta, Georgia

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure yet

Additional Comments: I'd like to run more intensive games on higher settings, like ARMA II or BF3 (GTA 5 in the future)

I've already chosen a few parts for my rig, but I'm not sure what I should choose for everything else.

CPU/processor is i5-3750. Video card is a GTX 670, and the mobo is a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H (not sure about that one yet). I'm a complete noob at this, so sorry if I royally screwed something up.

Also, if there's anywhere I could save money without hurting performance or increasing it, that would be great.
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  1. If you are buying it in a couple of months, why not just wait till then? Everything will be cheaper, and more things will come out. But I will give you the best build for your current status right now.

    Not sure if the monitor was included in the price, but PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    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 ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $842.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Decent monitor, only barely exceeding your budget with the build.
  2. With a few months to look at your build, research a few things
    1) processor 3570K vs 3570 (k is unlocked for overclocking - will you want/need that feature)
    2) Motherboard chipset; Z77 vs H77 (Z77 allows for overclocking, H77 does not)
    Those are both performance related and should be considered by you in relation to your computer experience/knowledge.
  3. @chris: Thanks for the build, but one thing about the video card. Is there a noticeable difference between the 7950 versus the gtx 670?

    @friedman: I know that I won't overclock this one (probably) since this is my first build and I don't want to screw something up.
  4. Sorry for the double post, but about the storage Chris posted, would it be too little? I found this: it seems like a better deal with more storage.
  5. Get a 7200 RPM hard drive, the performance difference is massive. Other than that, lchrisk's build is solid.
  6. sonicers said:
    Get a 7200 RPM hard drive, the performance difference is massive. Other than that, lchrisk's build is solid.

    Any particular hard drive?

    Also, is the performance gain big enough to warrant the extra money being spent to buy the gtx 670 instead of the 7590?
  7. Make sure to get the motherboard from Micro Center also to get the $40 off combo.
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