Nov 20, 2012
This is my first computer im building and i would appreciate any help you can give me.
these are the parts i am planning on using:

Approximate Purchase Date: In 2 weeks

Budget Range: 500$ - 700$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will be using this computer for gaming and general computer usage.

Preferred Website for Parts:
Gaming rig?
Then I can see a couple ways to improve.

Halve the RAM to 8GB, that is all you need for gaming.

Drop the 212 EVO, you cant overclock on this rig anyway.

Use the saved cash to upgrade to a HD7770. Get Far Cry 3 for free as well, nice bonus.
Sapphire HD7770 Ghz. $140 ($10 rebate)

Get this bigger Mobo that has more features, should have enough saved cash to do so.
AsRock H77 Pro4. $80

Get this case instead, many more features than the 912.
Zalman Z9. $50 ($12 rebate)
Or if your confident you can get the rebate, this version of the case has more fans included.
Zalman Z9+. $60 ($10 rebate)



An SSD should be a secondary consideration on a gaming machine with your budget, as it adds exactly 0 fps to your build.

Get the better GPU.

Then down the road when you have some spare money get the SSD.


Oct 29, 2009

Yes I think it would be a great idea to add an SSD. It will speed up your boot times and will reduce the time you have to wait for game levels to load. I would stick with a Core i5-3570 CPU and put your extra cash into an SSD. If you are going to include an SSD it makes sense to do it when you build the machine (rather than adding one later) because this way you can put Windows on it to speed up the computer no matter what programs you are running. If you are only concerned with gaming FPS then the videocard is the best place for your extra cash.