First Time Build-Gaming Rig ~1100$

Approximate Purchase Date: The next week or two
Budget Range: Around $1000~1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, probably Newegg
Location: California, USA
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPU & NVIDIA GPU
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200; I'd like one of those resolutions
Additional Comments: I'd like to be able to play GW2 and similar games in high settings if possible and would like a relatively future proof system.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last store-bought desktop tanked and I decided to try and build one myself!


So I was just looking around and just kinda picked high rated items so I'm not positive if everything is compatible or if there will be bottlenecking or whatever, I'm not very good with the details and specifics of parts and the such :)

I think I would like a CPU cooler as well and I wasn't sure what kind of GPU/brands I wanted but probably around 670 GTX? I think the 670GTX would be able to handle all the games I want to play.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yLk0

NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

~$886.70 without a GPU & CPU cooler
I'm looking to spend around 1000~1200

Thank you for your help!
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  1. This is an excellent price for an extremely good gaming build that will play pretty much everything you throw at it at high to ultra settings.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($398.49 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1148.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 13:24 EST-0500)
  2. This is what I would suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($364.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.59 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1191.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 13:12 EST-0500)
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yH5w

    Future proof for like 5 years? Probably after that, you want an LGA 2011 Ivy Bridge CPU.
  4. aonor said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yH5w

    Future proof for like 5 years? Probably after that, you want an LGA 2011 Ivy Bridge CPU.


    There is no such thing as future proofing. It's a myth. You will not benefit with a gaming machine on X79 - there's no reason to purchase it.
  5. You said in your list of specs for recommendations that you were not overclocking but then you added all of the components you need for overclocking (Z77 chipset, k version CPU, and cooler). Cosidering that you answered "Overclocking: No", here is a build that will suit you fine around $1000 with SSD.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.57 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1025.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:29 EST-0500)
  6. cball1311 said:
    You said in your list of specs for recommendations that you were not overclocking but then you added all of the components you need for overclocking (Z77 chipset, k version CPU, and cooler). Cosidering that you answered "Overclocking: No", here is a build that will suit you fine around $1000 with SSD.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.57 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1025.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:29 EST-0500)


    I'd take this build but drop the non K version of the 3570 to the 3470 - you'll save $40 and then upgrade the case to something like a Corsair 400R or NZXT Phantom 410.
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