Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Whenever I get enough money (see below; will likely be in about a month/two months)
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) At most 1200 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing Games (See Below), doing online stuff (Pandora, google docs), light school stuff
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: N/A
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, NCIX, SuperBIIZ, Outlet PC, and most importantly, Frys
Location: Los Altos, California, USA
Parts Preferences: None really, but I am going for an ATI Graphics Card (For better performance for price; but I like Nvidia drivers/software better)
Overclocking: Yes (I've never OC'd before; I think I am going to use an Asus UEFI power mode)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure, highest possible to maintain good FPS on games (See below)
Additional Comments: I would like parts within a certain colour palate (blue/white, red/black, red/white, etc), a window on the case, tool-less drive bays, an easy to install CPU computer, and games wise, I plan on playing Skyrim, Fallout New Vegas, Cities XL 2012, and the new Sim City when it comes out. Oh, and I will be keeping this computer for while, and upgrading it instead of buying a whole new system.
$29 cooler that will work magic. Seriously though, at this price, there’s no cooler out there can that beat this thing.
Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.
With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.
I'm back to my usual memory configuration, and sticking to it! Thanks to another round of recent price reductions, the 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz kit is now only a mere $39.99! With excellent reliability, great performance, a low profile and an amazing price, there really isn’t a better option on the market.
GPU - MSI GTX 670 Power Edition
We’re building a gaming PC today, so that means we’re going to splurge a little on graphics and what better graphics card than the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition?
Based off Nvidia’s new Kepler design, the GTX 670 provides top notch performance with extremely high efficiency, so you’re guaranteed to be getting a ton of performance without a lot of energy or creating a lot of heat either. With MSI’s Power Edition GTX 670, you’re also getting MSI’s legendary Twin Frozr IV cooler, which will provide excellent cooling along with MSI’s triple overvoltage design that allows you to do a little overclocking to improve performance if you’re feeling adventurous.
Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
Well, we had a budget of only $1,200 and you know some sacrifices had to be made in order to fit the budget. This is one of those sacrifices. For your build today, we’ll be going with a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, which if you asked me one or two years ago would’ve probably been my ideal choice when building a new gaming computer.
Once again, i will be falling back on our trusty Corsair TX650. High quality Seasonic made power supply for a great price to boot.This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it ultra settings.