Budget gamer pc

Looking to replace my 7 year old gaming rig.
Here is a list of parts I have come up with. Trying to keep the build sub-$1000. Going to use it for gaming, recording game play, movies, and a little editing.

Not sure if the memory will clear the cpu cool?
Also, anyone know of a good case that is cheaper then the one I picked? That is also similar in design, I really like the look of the case.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you
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  1. Bah. Splurge on your graphics card. Get whatever you can afford that's faster. If there's anywhere to splurge for a gaming build, it's RAM and Graphics.
  2. The 650 ti is a lowish end card, i'd get the 660 ti if possible.
    Without breaking the bank too much, you can get it :

    The case is still a good one, and i think within your likes, the xigmatek gaia will get about the same temperatures in cooling, the z77 pro 3 is a good budget motherboard.
  3. Thanks djangoringo, I will invest in the 660 TI then. It looks like a good buy after looking at reviews. The cooler looks good also. Will the xigmatek gaia have a problem with it clearing the Jipjaws memory?
  4. No, it will have clearance for it.
  5. Here is the updated rig.
    Added a HHD. Changed to the case/mobo/GPU/cooler you suggested djangoringo.
    Should I add/change anything else about the build?
  6. I would get a ssd with mlc nand over tlc nand, the samsung 840 non pro has tlc nand which is inferior(in terms of speeds and endurance) to mlc nand ssds, the sandisk ultra plus is one of them and it's cheaper, so i recommend the sandisk.
    You can see here a review of the samsung :

    I would just get the ram with 1600 mhz, that's the maximum supported by the intel cpu memory controller, you can raise it to probably those speeds, but it's considered overclocking.
  7. If you really wanna go all in balls out, opt for 16 GB of RAM, but it's your choice. You're close now to 1000$.
  8. djangoringo,
    I just read through the review you posted that makes sense why you picked the SanDisk. I read a review on the SanDisk and it seems to be a good drive. I don't know about the TLC vs MLC.
    I am planning on overclocking at some point that is why I wanted the RAM with the higher mhz. It seems that most people are pushing their i5 3750k to 4.5ghz stable.

    I think that 16GB of RAM is a little overkill right now. But I am sure I will boost it to 16 GB down the road when I notice any lag while running multiple programs. I have not got into editing a whole lot yet. So I think I can get away with just 8GB of RAM
  9. Best answer
    Yes, 8GB is more than suffice for gaming or other stuff, you don't need 16GB of ram.
    The sandisk ssd is a good one for the price that's is at.
    The ram is your choice.
    Also i didn't mentioned that you could get cheaper parts in ncix us, like the psu : (also made by seasonic)
    The hdd :
    And ram :
    ^ it's much more cheaper, and you can overclock it manually(it won't guarantee that you'll get ~2133mhz).

    And good luck with your build.
  10. Thanks that is another $26 in my pocket or back in to the pc. Anything else I should be looking for/at?
  11. I suggest this.

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    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 ($32.91 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $951.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-01 02:12 EST-0500)
  12. Is the Radeon HD 7970 really that much better than the GTX 660 TI?
  13. The 660 ti is a good card, and you'll get a ssd, it will do just fine at 1080p, i'd get the 660 ti + ssd and it's still cheaper.
    I'd get the seasonic or xfx psu over the Corsair CX.
  14. Ok, that is what I was thinking. Noticed I lost the SSD in camohanna's build :-(
    I have read that the Corsair PSU are not that good?
  15. The CX is the entry level of corsair psus(made by channel well), it's decent, but the seasonic and xfx(seasonic oem) offers more quality and better capacitors in it.
  16. Thanks djangoringo you are filled with knowledge. Probably don't want an entry level PSU on a gaming build.
  17. Best answer selected by sweetfish892.
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