Building My First Gaming Machine

Here's the pcpartpicker I got it to around 600ish

Approximate Purchase Date: Early February (I've Purchased 2 pieces as of now)

Budget Range : 700-900 before Rebates and After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet,UDK, watching movies maybe some fraps and streaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Complete new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

I'm thinking about getting a system builder full copy. If that's possible. I caught one on sale. If not I'm going to go with the oem due to my budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg and Amazon and any other decent place. I would consider other online retailers with enough recommendations.


Parts Preferences: I'm going Intel

Overclocking: Maybe....Prolly not though...I'm on the fence about this.

SLI or Crossfire: No. This will be my first build and to save the complications I intend to make it as simple as possible.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p I intend to jam games on the T.V.(which will be new) I will also have a 1080 monitor.

Additional Comments: I want a case with a window,some led fans, I don't really mind how loud the computer is.(reasonably) If it's loud I'll just have the computer off site'ish and run longer HDMI/Monitor Cords....I would prefer louder better performing components vs under performing more expensive quiet stuff. I'm grabbing a wireless keyboard, mouse.....

Here's a list of what I've purchased...

Power supply Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i3, i5, i7 and platforms - TX650

Optic Drive Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

These components I have not purchased and would like your opinions on.

Case Something between 50 and 75 bucks.

CpuIntel Core i3-3220

MoboASRock B75M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RamSAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US

Storage(I'm thinking of getting a different one)Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

GPU!!Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

I was thinking maybe of overclocking......Which would take the build up and push my purchase date further away....(which could be a good thing maybe with a gpu release that would knock prices down)

OverClock BoardASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
OverClock CpuIntel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

This would take the bill up a bit......idk

Any pointers would be much appreciated. I'm sure it's going to need revised before I buy everything.

*fixed not having case in there
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  1. personally i will not OC (less workaround) and improve in somewhere else instead : SSD and 7950

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $822.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 03:21 EST-0500)
  2. The closest Micro Center to Indy is in Chicago. Which is like 3 1/2 hours away from the city I live in. So I was considering... i3 and more Gpu vs i5 and less gpu. The i3 is a 110$ and the i53470 is 180$. Would the higher end cpu justify the money I could of spent in gpu power? Also what makes the B75 board bad? I though that was for the non overclocking boards?
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