Solved Gaming Build (w/option to upgrade to 3-monitor setup) Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: November 23, 2012 10:59 PM in Systems Share mark11b2p November 17, 2012 4:18:57 PM Hi guys, based on some forum feedback here I've come up with the following build. I intend to use this machine primarily for gaming (Planetside 2, Battlefield 3, TW Series) with some light at-home Excel/Powerpoint/Word work and standard web browsing. I've gone heavy on the power supply in case I want to purchase a third monitor and second graphics card at a later date to run a three-monitor gaming setup. I don't really know anything about displays so I put these in as a placeholder, so if I've made a blunder there (or anywhere else) please let me know. I do live near a microcenter and have a little bit of flexibility in my price range. Any feedback you might have would be 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 ($26.29 @ NCIX US) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz) Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.96 @ Amazon) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg) Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($120.43 @ Amazon) Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC) Monitor: Asus VK246H 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon) Monitor: Asus VK246H 24.0" Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($107.36 @ CompUSA) Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($39.78 @ NCIX US) Total: $1964.71 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 13:05 EST-0500) More about : gaming build option upgrade monitor setup Best solution maestro0428 November 17, 2012 4:30:13 PM Looks like a great build. I don't know about Windows 8 though, I have it installed on one of my rigs and I really don't like it. Make sure you have tried it before you buy. mark11b2p November 23, 2012 10:59:08 PM Best answer selected by Mark11B2P. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumAdvice for a newbie - 3-monitor setup ForumBest upgrade from GTX 260? $400 budget, 3-monitor gaming ForumLooking To Build A 3-Monitor BF3 Rig From Scratch - Movie Storage Too ForumFinally I can get a new system somewhat soon! heres my build so far Forum4GB GTX 680s or Titan for 3-monitor set-up Forum3-monitor setup - problems ForumNew gaming build , please review/input! Forum3-monitor system: SLI vs. the GTX690 Forum1st-time Builder AMD Gaming for iRacing 3-monitor Build ~$1,000 US? Forum[New Build ] Advice on a few parts for gaming comp. ForumPlease help/review my plan for iRacing system ( 3-monitor gaming ) ForumChoosing Motherboard for a workstation/ gaming build ForumAdvice on new gaming rig ForumREVISED Build : Gaming and Fraps (BF3, SWTOR)/Video Editing Build ForumNew gaming build ; any good? lots of Qs ForumPCI compatibility question More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !