1200$ gaming rig advice

Hi all, I've never built a computer before so id like to get some opinions on these parts im considering

this computer is primarily going to be used for gaming, i want to be able to run every game out there on max settings

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158

-who doesnt love a giant case?


ASUS Maximus V EXTREME LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

-I figure i should spend the most on a good motherboard so upgrading later on wont be a pain. my concern is compatibility issues since its E-ATX


Intel Pentium G2120 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80637G2120

-definitely plan on upgrading this later but I had to cut corners somewhere


COOLMAX ZP-1000B 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI / Crossfire ready

- looks like enough power, was just wondering if its compatible with E-ATX motherboard?

Video Card:

MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

- another thing i probably shouldn't skimp on


im thinking of using windows 7 64 bit to take advantage of the RAM capacity

Extra stuff:


-was thinking of adding this since im forced to use wireless connection where I'm at

any advice/ potential pitfalls would be greatly appreciated
3 answers Last reply
More about 1200 gaming advice
  1. Whoa - I'd completely trash that whole build. You're paying way too much for a motherboard and pairing it with a CPU that will completely bottleneck the system. If you're going to cut corners the CPU is not the place to do it. The PSU is from one of the absolute *WORST* vendors in the industry and 1KW is way overkill.

    Here's what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1247.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 21:01 EST-0500)

    If you want a big case that's a good one - better than the Thor. But the trend is actually moving toward smaller cases so you might want to check out the Phantom 410.
  2. Thanks g-unit, that was actually very helpful. After seeing that motherboard I'm definitely gonna go with that though I have heard that dual core is better for gaming?

    was also wondering if theres any benefit to solid state drives other than longer life?

    its been like 6 years since I looked for computer parts I gotta get up with the times
  3. Yep, same opinion as G.Skill. You have got an overkill case and motherboard with a fairly top end GPU , paired with a dirt cheap Pentium processor.

    Where did you hear that Dual cores are better for gaming? That may have been true 6 years ago when Dual cores were just beginning to enter the market and were phasing out Single cores. Nowadays a Quad core is standard with some higher end Intel chips getting 6. AMD has even released a CPU's with 8 cores (admittedly they aren't true "Cores", but still).

    They are ridiculously, blazingly faster.
    Heres a video that will show you the difference. Also its a bit old now, so SSD's have gotten even faster and much cheaper. 128GB of premium SSD is ~$100.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product