New Gaming Build $1200 Max Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next Few Days hopefully

Budget Range: $1200 Max for everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, Crysis 3, Simcity when it works, NextGen MMOs) Media, Possible Streaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything but Monitor, Keyboard and Speakers

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg/Amazon

Location: Phoenix AZ

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Whatever GPU is the best for the price

Overclocking: In the near future, when I feel confident I won't fry my computer

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 27in 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for most bang for my $1200 budget that will last a long time with minor upgrades

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Looking for a better gaming experience and possibly to start streaming

Here's what I have so far. If there is anything that would be better quality or better price/performance I'm open to anything. I would prefer to order all from the same place unless there is a large price difference. My biggest issues I am having trouble with are the PSU and the case. I think the rest should be pretty good, but if there is anything I can improve that would be awesome.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JZ2I
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JZ2I/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JZ2I/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($305.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($25.38 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1201.94
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  1. your build looks fine to me
  2. You can do better, the samsung ssd is much better and you can find a better psu for the same price.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1173.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This includes a better modular psu(it allows you to crossfire the 7950) for the same price, cheaper ram, the asus LK is as good as the extreme 4 for less, better cooler, the hyper 212 evo is better, the samsung 830 is a much better ssd, grab it in newegg, before it runs out of stock again, also a much better case.
    The 7950 listed is cheaper and it's the new model from sapphire.
  3. Does this build look any better? I wanna try to keep it all from the same online retailer so I can get all the parts in at the same time. Also I kept the older model of the 7950 since that one is $20 cheaper. Is there a huge difference between the 2L and the 3L models? Also will 2 7950s fit in that case for when I'm ready to crossfire? Finally, is there any additional tools or miscelaneous items I will need to assemble that I should buy? If there is anything else you can see that I can improve let me know.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K6Pp
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K6Pp/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K6Pp/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1170.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-16 15:50 EDT-0400)
  4. Yes, the price of the old model just went down as well, the samsung 830 128GB is a much better ssd than the samsung 840 non pro with tlc nand, you can check for a review here :http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/02/19/samsung_840_120gb_ssd_review/10#.UUTQeBzwnQU ,
    I would spend more 5$ for the samsung 830 before it runs out of stock soon, if you don't need the window, you can find the same case cheaper, i would get the hyper 212 evo.
    Just those three changes :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1169.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  5. Thank you. I just put in my order at newegg. I'm sure I'll be on here for build advice once I receive all the parts. Have a great weekend.
  6. djangoringo said:
    Yes, the price of the old model just went down as well, the samsung 830 128GB is a much better ssd than the samsung 840 non pro with tlc nand, you can check for a review here :http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/02/19/samsung_840_120gb_ssd_review/10#.UUTQeBzwnQU ,
    I would spend more 5$ for the samsung 830 before it runs out of stock soon, if you don't need the window, you can find the same case cheaper, i would get the hyper 212 evo.
    Just those three changes :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1169.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Hey this build looks very similar to the one i want to get. first off i just want to know is that asus-v mobo is a good choice, i know they have a very good program that enables you to adjust all you're fans quite nicely, but i the extreme 4 looks good as well.

    And my other question is wouldnt a gtx 680 be better than getting that saphire gpu? i looked at josh's shoot the moon build and it looks quite nice.. just wondering if you would switch out the GPU if you had the extra money? thanks
  7. Oh and the build i was looking at earlier was josh's shoot the moon build.. this is it.

    Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4 (104.99 @ Amazon)
    RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) PV38G160C9KRD (19.99 AR @ Newegg)
    Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (449.99 AR @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache (67.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (34.99 AR @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (59.99 AR @ Newegg)
    Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler (25.99 AR @ Newegg)
    DVD Burner: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+RW SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM (15.99 @ Newegg)
  8. Thanks all. I got all my parts yesterday finally, and got everything up and running. So far everything seems good. I'm still loading my games on but everything I have tested is running great. I can't wait until my crysis 3 download finishes so I can check that out. Thanks again to everyone that helped me out.
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