New Gaming/Emulation Build

Hi Everyone,

I'm thinking about moving to HD emulation for my PS2/Wii/Gamecube games and would also like to play recent and future games.

My Budget is around $1,200 (can go up if it's worth it) and I will need everything but the monitor (the pc will be hooked to a 55" tv).I don't have any preference between AMD or Nvidia.

Approximate Purchase Date: early February

Budget Range: $800-$1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Ps2-Wii emulation, Gaming

Are you buying a monitor:No

Parts to Upgrade: All, new uild

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Micro-center

Location: Ashburn, Virginia

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe (No idea how to do it, but if it's easy, Yes)

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080

Additional Comments: The size of the Tower doesn't matter to me, and this will be my first Pc Build ( I'm planning to get help from friends and Youtube)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: want to play my old games on HD

Thanks for the Help!
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  1. This system will do just about anything you want it to do. It doesn't overclock, but to be honest, I don't think you will really need it. It should take any modern game on in max settings.

    If you have any questions, just ask.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($92.65 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1011.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 14:48 EST-0500)
  2. Thanks Zared619!

    I have a Micro-center close and they seem to have the i5 3570K for $189 + this Motherboard for $89.99 (combo deal I believe) :

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard]

    can those two items be switched from what you have listed?
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