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First time build, Looking for input

Last response: in Systems
March 4, 2013 9:42:57 PM

This is my first time building a PC and I'm looking for advice/suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: I'm looking to place an order before this weekend (03/08/2013).

Budget Range: I would like to stay as close to the $1000-$1200 range as possible after rebates, tax, shipping, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will mostly be used for gaming and internet browsing, probably writing a few papers or using photoshop now and then. I won't be doing any serious video/photo editing.

Games I will likely be playing: BF3, SimCity (the newest one), Crysis 3, Borderlands 2, and lots of other RPG's and first person shooters.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or wherever is cheapest. I found a good price on the CPU at Microcenter (

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer to stick with and Intel processor and NVIDIA graphics card, though I could be persuaded to switch to a less expensive GPU if it will still run the above mentioned games well.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but I don't want to buy a more expensive motherboard for something I might not use.

Additional Comments: I would like to build a computer that can play most games on high settings. My budget is pretty strict right now though I may be able to add components in the future as I get more money. I have no idea what kind of monitor to get so I would really appreciate any recommendations. I don't need a $700 gaming monitor as I'm not really that serious of a gamer. I would like an LCD monitor that can display 1080p and is of a decent quality, if such a thing is in my price range.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($133.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.97 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1210.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 18:13 EST-0500)

Thanks for the help!

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March 6, 2013 8:18:58 AM

bang on target for everything... IMO, you can go ahead safely... should play anything you throw at it for the next few years

March 6, 2013 8:20:31 AM

Yep, Buy it. :D