Gaming System $1200 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week
Budget Range: Around $1200
System Usage: Gaming with a little bit of video editing
Overclocking: Yes
SLI/Crossfire: No
Do you need a monitor/OS: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Preferred vendor/website: Newegg.com

Hi all,

I am looking to build a gaming rig for around $1200. So far, I know that I want to go with an i5 3570k, an MSI gtx 760, and a 256gig SSD. Everything else I would like to get some suggestions/opinions on. I have a 1TB 7200rpm Western Digital drive in my current rig I'll be using for media, so really only shopping for a SSD. Pretty much most of my choices are based on popularity & good reviews.

Things in particular I'd like suggestions on:
- A good power supply
- Opinions on a good 256gig SSD in the sub $225 range, the Samsung 840 Pro series had the best reviews from what I saw
- What I need in order to safely OC the i5 3570k to the 4-4.2 range

My initial build is looking like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wlfx/saved/2lkc

Thanks for your time :)
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  1. Drop the thermal paste. The cooler comes with it.

    That PSU is great.

    Why not get an i5 4670k and a z87 motherboard?
  2. Simply put, I figured the 4670k is more than I needed. Will certainly think harder about going with haswell.

    Thanks for the tip on the thermal paste!
  3. May as well go with haswell as it is simply newer.
  4. Id go with this.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($398.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1168.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 23:06 EDT-0400)
  5. Hello,

    I would honestly recommend getting Ivy over Haswell if you are planning to overclock as they seem to have a higher headroom for that.

    Also, if you aren't deadset on nVidia, the 7950 is a very attractive option for cheaper than you can get a 760 for. It outperforms the 760 in most (all?) games.

    I personally own that power supply, no complaints; its been excellent. 840 pro is a beast.

    One last thing, I would suggest going either 2x4gb or 2x8gb for your RAM to take advantage of dual channel.
  6. Eyedeology said:
    Hello,

    I would honestly recommend getting Ivy over Haswell if you are planning to overclock as they seem to have a higher headroom for that.

    Also, if you aren't deadset on nVidia, the 7950 is a very attractive option for cheaper than you can get a 760 for. It outperforms the 760 in most (all?) games.

    I personally own that power supply, no complaints; its been excellent. 840 pro is a beast.

    One last thing, I would suggest going either 2x4gb or 2x8gb for your RAM to take advantage of dual channel.


    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=855

    Depends on the game. BF3, Crysis 3 both have 15+ more FPS with the 760.
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