BUILDING MY FIRST EVER PC! - please take a look


Oct 5, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 24 -48 hours.

Budget Range: 700-800 USD before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference. I will go with where it is cheaper

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: I might overclock the memory RAM from 1600mhz to XXXXmhz or the processor. However, I honestly don't know if this build will bottleneck so I really don't know if overclocking will have any sort of effect on performance. Can anyone tell me if there is a huge bottleneck with my potential PC build?

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 60hz

Additional Comments: Just looking for the cheapest parts without taking a hit to the performance

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
I am building this PC for gaming primarily. I use Laptop intel hd 3000 right now.

The Monitor that I am planning on getting
(can't decide between the two)
SAMSUNG B30 Series S24B30BL Matte Black 23.6" 5ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 70000:1 (1000:1) ($120 @ newegg)
BenQ GW2250 Glossy Black 21.5" 4ms (GTG) Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 20,000,000:1 (5000:1) ($100 @ newegg)

Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor ($243.79 @ microcenter) - Already purchased

Galaxy 66NPH7DV6VXZ GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($225 after rebate @ newegg)

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($69.99 @ newegg)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL ($0 free with MOBO purchase @ newegg)

Total so far = $638.78 before shipping (if I get the BenQ monitor)
Additional Discount(s) = $25 off $100 New newegg preferred account customer, Other newegg discounts (currently searching for codes)
Additional Info I do not need a CD-ROM. mouse, keyboard, or sound system.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $676.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 22:40 EST-0500)

This is pretty much it. You don't need to OC the ram anymore.

Your build isn't that great.


Oct 5, 2012
If I am playing PhysX based games, do you still recommend the AMD card?
also the 7870 card, according the newegg, requires Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. Can I still get away with 430W PSU?