$1215 Budget Render/gaming PC


Mar 12, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Today/Tomorrow

Budget Range: $1215 I can go slightly above to around $1300 but I would like to stick close to the $1215 mark
Don't be afraid to push it towards $1300 if needed.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games/Video Rendering/Browsing/movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Parts Preferences: These are the parts I have picked out myself I would like to know what you think or if you prefer anything else.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition $149

GIGABYTE GTX 670 2gb $399

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance LGA 1155 Intel P67 $99

Intel Core i7-2600K $309

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $84


Arctic Silver 5 High-Density $9

Seagate Barracuda ST3750525AS 750GB 7200 RPM $69

Stuff I already have ready to put into this PC

OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB

And Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, etc

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: I do a lot of Aftereffects Video Rendering so an I7 is pretty needed. The monitor res I play at is 1920x1080 I have 3 of these monitors but I only play games off one. I need the best power for my buck hopefully you can help any suggestions is appreciated.


Case is good.

GPU is good unless you want to game across your monitors. Then a HD7970 would be a better option.

P67 is quite an old chipset, you want a Z77 board. An AsRock Z77 Extreme4 is the go to board right now.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135

3770k instead of 2600k. Bit faster, lower power draw and will enable the PCI-3 in that Z77 board.
Intel i7-3770k. $340

Low Profile memory if you want an aftermarket heatsink, and 1600Mhz.
G.Skill Ares 16GB 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $86

Drop the thermal paste, the 212 EVO comes with some re-branded MX-5.



P67 is an old chipset, doesn't support a lot of the newer features (SATAIII, USB3, PCI-3, Integrated graphics, Intel SRT, etc). Z77 is the latest chipset out.

Difference between the 2600k and 3770k is that the 2600k is Sandy Bridge and the 3770k is Ivy Bridge. Ivy is an upgrade of Sandy, benefits include that its faster if they are both clocked the same, lower power consumption and enables the PCI-3 on the Z77 mobo.

4 sticks is cheaper, you might as well. Only reason for 2x8GB is if you wanted to upgrade to 32GB later, but you shouldn't need to for the usage you describe.


I'l be completely honest, my guess wont be that accurate. I have different hardware so I have no basis to judge from, and room temperature does have a big effect on component temperature.

But from what I can see from the spec list and assuming you don't live in an extreme hot/cold environment, it should be well in acceptable ranges.
So at a rough guess, 60-70C under full load on the CPU and GPU.


Mar 12, 2011
Current PC has an i5 2500k OC to 4.5GHZ cooled with a Thermaltake CLP0575 Frio OCK, It reaches around 67C while rendering at 100%. My Current gpu runs hot as hell but the cooling system on the card seems to be very flawed. Its a MSI 6970 Lightning reaches up to 84c in games around 74% fanspeed. I heard the GTX 670 should run a lot colder.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345839691&sr=1-6 $94.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1020392 $134.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1030095 $346.98 save: $18.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $33.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345672179&sr=1-4 $21.95 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345672350&sr=1-9 $85.61 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171646 $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Windforce-Graphics/dp/B0080I06WQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345839795&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+670 $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card

Total: $1,212.93 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-2GD5/dp/B008BGXYAS/ref=sr_1_15?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345839795&sr=1-15&keywords=gtx+670 $429.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link on there to the latest bios update

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187.html <----- Review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- Review of that board w/benchmarks

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <----- another look at that case

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX_670_Windforce/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that gigabyte gtx 670

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Ti_Power_Edition/ <----- review w/benchmarks of that msi gtx 670