$650 gaming build, need help


Dec 18, 2012
I realize this is a lot to read, but I'm a newcomer and it's getting confusing, although I've been reading a lot into it. Also the $650 is for tower AND OS.
Approximate Purchase Date: January-February
Budget Range: $650 for tower Not much room to stretch
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, college
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon/Newegg
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter, as long as it's reliable and good
Overclocking: Highly unlikely
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Do not have monitor, monitor will probably be 20-21" and about at1600 x 900 resolution or more.
Additional Comments: Games I will be playing(no order of importance): GTA IV, L4D2, TF2, Orcs Must Die!, Far Cry 3(If i get the video card w/ coupon), World of Warcraft/Guild Wars/ The Old Republic, Minecraft. I would like to play TF2, L4D, and Orcs at highest possible settings; GTA, MMOs,and Far Cry I could stand at medium settings.
The case needs to have a width of less than 9" to fit in where it's supposed to be. I would also like it to have some front USB ports, front SD reader(if possible), not TOO flashy with LED lights, have decent or good cable management, and a solid construction.

Here's my current build, I need help finalizing it:

Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99

ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $69.99

Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $36.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99

Video Card
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card $179.99 -$15 rebate

Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99

Power Supply
Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply $38.99

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer $17.99

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $91.99

At $665 after rebates, this build is actually OVER my budget, so I really can not go any higher.

I do have a few questions I would like answered:
Is this build good?
Are the parts reliable?
Is the PSU a good one and is 450W enough? Or should I go with a higher 500 one or so. I don't want to blow my entire build due to a crap PSU.
I'm also curious as to whether or not there is a better motherboard I could use.
My biggest points of concern are the Case, PSU, and mobo. It seems like those could use some change, and any help will be appreciated.

Get this ram : http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC3-12800/dp/B008MF3R82/

Get this card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

That psu will do just fine, it's a good one, and it's all good.

Edit : if you want cheaper cases :



and a psu with more juice : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0092ML0MY/?tag=pcpapi-20


Dec 18, 2012
Wow, nice find on the card and ram, 2gb for that price seems like a bargain. I also like the cases and PSU, thanks for the reply and suggestions.


Good deal on that card. I got a Diamond branded 7850 for that price before Christmas at Microcenter. Very happy with my purchase. I mean the price for performance is great. I didn't want to spend too much, and that was perfect performance for the money.


On cases have you looked at the Thermaltake v3 black edition?


I have built in that case, for the price you pay it's not a bad case. The other thing I like is when you build, a lot of the standoffs are punched into the case, so I sometimes only end up using 1 or 2 brass standoffs in that case.

Edit *If you do go with the v3, you will have a hard time mounting fans on top. You will need to find low profile 120mm fans for up there if you want to use those.