First gaming build critiques needed

Approximate Purchase Date: late this month or early next.


Budget Range: $1100-$1400 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, school, surfing the web


Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No: yes


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


Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No : No



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: micro center and amazon but anywhere else is fine.


Location: City, State/Region, Country - Michigan


Parts Preferences: by brand or type none


Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe :yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe :no


Your Monitor Resolution: atleat 1920x1080


Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently have a pentium e5200 and 9800gt so I feel an upgrade is long overdo.


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.18 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Colossus 250GB 3.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1214.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 13:55 EST-0500)

I am also looking for a decent headset and wireless adapter.
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  1. Okay. Here are two things I came up with.

    1. Really good overclock, better CPU, lower cost.
    2. Okay overclocking, no monitor...much much better GPU, $15 over budget.

    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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Colossus 250GB 3.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($411.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Acer P246HL Abd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1283.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 20:25 EST-0500)


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($213.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($411.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($411.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $1403.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 20:35 EST-0500)
  2. $3 over budget not $15 :)
  3. maxicusdagreat said:
    $3 over budget not $15 :)


    I really need a monitor so I am looking at the first build. If I buy the cpu from microcenter I get 40$ off the asus

    mobo which would drop the price to about $95 for the board. Is the asrock worth the price difference or should I

    keep the current one.? I am also wondering why you chose the antec psu, I read that seasonic was the go to

    company. I am certainly replacing the sandisk ssd for the one you recommended .

    *edit*

    I did some research and the asrock board seems like a better product
  4. Hi. Your original build is good but suggest going with this less expensive PSU made by SeaSonic but not modular:

    XFX ProSeries Core Edition 550W
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Some alternative case choices:

    Fractal Design Define R4
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4tiw
  5. johnsonjohnson said:
    Hi. Your original build is good but suggest going with this less expensive PSU made by SeaSonic but not modular:

    XFX ProSeries Core Edition 550W
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Some alternative case choices:

    Fractal Design Define R4
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4tiw


    Alright I am going with the psu you suggested and the case looks pretty nice. Is that sound proofing?
  6. Yes it is. I suggest reading reviews of the cases you're interested in before buying.
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