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Budget gaming build

I am building a gaming system for a friend. His budget is around $1000-$1200. We will not be overclocking his system, and there are no future plans for multiple video cards. I believe his monitor is 1920x1280. Here is what I have so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GOM0

CPU: i7-3770
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro 3
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77pro3

Video Card: MSI GTX 660
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n6602gd5oc

RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 1600 2x4GB CAS 7
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl7d8gbxm

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd1002faex

Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-sgc1000kwn1

Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD Writer
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas124-04

I am having trouble picking the power supply. I have read comments on newegg about some having cables too short for bottom mounted power supplies. Plus I would like something that is (semi) modular for easier cable management. Also, he tends to leave his PC on ALOT so I was wondering if you would suggest a non-stock CPU cooler?
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  1. Don't get an i7. Stupid for gaming. The i5 3570k is the exact same.

    If you don't get a "k" series CPU, get a h77 motherboard to save money.

    Get a better GPU

    Get a 500-600w PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
  2. Change PSU to: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
    Might want a full ATX motherboard

    Everything else looks good.
  3. Best answer
    tiny voices said:
    Change PSU to: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
    Might want a full ATX motherboard

    Everything else looks good.


    Agree on both counts. The Corsair CX series are very poor quality.
  4. zerrith said:


    Far better than the original build.
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  6. why do you always buy the windows 7 and pay 100$ for it if you could just use piratebay i dont get it..
  7. Joris said:
    why do you always buy the windows 7 and pay 100$ for it if you could just use piratebay i dont get it..

    maybe because we want to build a computer legally...
    ever thought of that?
  8. Joris said:
    why do you always buy the windows 7 and pay 100$ for it if you could just use piratebay i dont get it..



    I cant believe anyone would be dumb enough to pirate an operating system .

    You are trusting the thief who stole it to not add a few backdoors and to stay out of your computer, your credit card, your bank account and the rest of your life
  9. Joris said:
    why do you always buy the windows 7 and pay 100$ for it if you could just use piratebay i dont get it..


    Yes, pay $100 for an OS license now, or pay $15,000 in legal fees when Microsoft finds out you've been using Windows illegally? I don't get it. :ange:
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