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$1200-1500 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this month

Budget Range: 1200-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, maybe video editing as a small hobby

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon, open to others

Country: USA


Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future


Additional Comments:

Hi guys! This is my first time building a PC and i've done a lot of research on parts and everything else. I came up with a build and I just want any advice, thoughts, or suggestions. I think i have most things in place. Feel free to let me know anything. I am open to any ideas.

Build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1277.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:26 EST-0500)
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  1. vN3MO said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this month

    Budget Range: 1200-1500

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, maybe video editing as a small hobby

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon, open to others

    Country: USA


    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future


    Additional Comments:

    Hi guys! This is my first time building a PC and i've done a lot of research on parts and everything else. I came up with a build and I just want any advice, thoughts, or suggestions. I think i have most things in place. Feel free to let me know anything. I am open to any ideas.

    Build:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.94 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1277.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:26 EST-0500)



    You're spending too much in the motherboard, the z77 asus LK has the features you'll ever need, also 8GB is suffice even for a bit of editing or gaming.
    Ditch the bluray drive.
    I'd get a larger hdd and spend more in a better monitor and card.
    My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.94 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1177.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you can spend a bit more, get a ssd, like this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/plextor-internal-hard-drive-px128m5s
    Cheap, fast and as reliable as it gets.
  2. Best answer
    You build is pretty good. I think that the motherboard is an overkill. If you are thinking of SLI in the future, get a 750W PSU now. You really don't need 16GB of RAM but I left it in the build. These are just some recommended changes to the build. I would gladly post a personal preference build if you wish.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.94 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1205.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:55 EST-0500)
  3. Okay thanks for the suggestions. Another problem is wireless connection. Routing an Ethernet cable over to my room would be a bit difficult but it is possible. So, if i don't use direct wire, would i need a Wireless card? and any suggestions on one of those?
  4. Thanks I definitely will use these suggestions!
  5. vN3MO said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: sometime this month

    Budget Range: 1200-1500

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, maybe video editing as a small hobby

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon, open to others

    Country: USA


    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire:Maybe in the future


    Additional Comments:

    Hi guys! This is my first time building a PC and i've done a lot of research on parts and everything else. I came up with a build and I just want any advice, thoughts, or suggestions. I think i have most things in place. Feel free to let me know anything. I am open to any ideas.

    Build:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Butz/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.94 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1277.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 18:26 EST-0500)



    try this one..


    MSI Z77A-GD65 = $159.99
    Core i5-3570K retail = $219.99
    G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v = $46.99
    HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition = $209.99 (w/$20 MIR)
    Intel 330 Series 240GB = $199.99
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm = $109.99
    Asus 24x DVD-RW = $16.99
    Fractal Design Define R4 = $119.99
    Seasonic G Series 450W = $79.99
    Asus VS248H-P 24" = $179.99 (w/$20 MIR)
    Logitech Z323 2.1 = $68.99
    Microsoft Keyboard 600 = $16.99
    Logitech G400 = $49.99
    Total = $1,500.87
  6. Nephilim_17 said:
    try this one..


    MSI Z77A-GD65 = $159.99
    Core i5-3570K retail = $219.99
    G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v = $46.99
    HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition = $209.99 (w/$20 MIR)
    Intel 330 Series 240GB = $199.99
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm = $109.99
    Asus 24x DVD-RW = $16.99
    Fractal Design Define R4 = $119.99
    Seasonic G Series 450W = $79.99
    Asus VS248H-P 24" = $179.99 (w/$20 MIR)
    Logitech Z323 2.1 = $68.99
    Microsoft Keyboard 600 = $16.99
    Logitech G400 = $49.99
    Total = $1,500.87


    that monitor is 80 dollars more than you need to spend. you can get a 1080p monitor for 100 dollars. get a cheaper mobo, case, and only get a 128GB SSD, you'll save and you only really want to use if for a couple games and a boot drive.

    take all that saving, and go from a 7870 to a 7970 or a 680.
  7. Best answer selected by vN3MO.
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