$900 Gaming Rig

Any issue with this build. I'm building something to play today's games, but able to be upgraded later mainly in the CPU and GPU.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2/24/2012 - 2/25/2012

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Guild Wars 2, Star Trek Online currently)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Tampa, FL

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: Looking to buy a decent system now with future upgradablity to play mostly MMOs, but other games as well such as Skyrim, GTA.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $794.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 18:51 EST-0500)
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  1. Best answer
    You'll want a quad core cpu for that.
    Get the i5-3350p here :
    You don't the asrock z77 extreme 4, get a z75 pro 3 :
    Get the ram here :
    The hdd :
    That psu is discontinued, get the xfx 550 :
    The gpu the same, get it in amazon :

    Just those changes, and it will still be cheaper.
    It's worth getting some of the parts in amazon and ncix us, you'll get free shipping and those are reliable.
  2. You said maybe to overclocking but you got a locked cpu. Djangoringo's build is good for a no-overclock build.
  3. O.C. is over rated anyways. Just go with the build above. You can still o.c. the gpu for better frame rates.

    djangoringo's build that is...
  4. Best answer selected by BDoctor.
  5. Thank you Djangoringo. I had been going back and forth about going up to the i5 or wait a bit and see if the i7 comes down in price in about a year or so (which is still the plan, just a smaller jump now).

    RealChaos, I'm looking at overclocking as a future feature rather then something I need right now. Hence, the cheaper locked CPU with a overclocking motherboard.

    Rmiiirusty, thanks for seconding Djangoringo. Gives me the warm and fuzzies to have a second opinion.

    I ordered the parts tonight and hope to be up and running in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks again.
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