$800 Gaming Rig For GF


Dec 26, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: In about 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $800-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, media, and surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except HDD, monitor and OS

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any vendor so long as it is trustworthy

Location: Morehead City/NC/USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No, not right now. Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I convinced my girlfriend to upgrade her ancient desktop. Needs something new so we can play games like BF3 together.


Try this...

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $847.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 23:51 EST-0500)

It'll have all the power you need to play Battlefield 3. If you need an optical drive, just reuse the one from your gf's old PC. If you don't have one, then just get a cheap lite on.

I also highly recommend you at least get an overclockable CPU so you have the option. You may change your mind once you've had time to research it a bit more.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.