First Homebuilt Computer Help


Dec 3, 2012
I've been doing some research and this seems to be the cost effective way to get a gaming computer i have around $450-$650 and would like to play games like dark souls/borderlands 2 on average setting if i can get the parts a local store that would be better any help would be appreciated


Dec 3, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas

Budget Range:$450-$650 After Rebates/After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None building from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Cinncinati, Ohio, United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Dark Souls/Borderlands 2/DotA 2 other such newer games

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer running games at low settings and having trouble doing so would like to run atleast average settings
CPU: Core i3-3220. $120

Mobo: AsRock H77 Pro4. $80

RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $38

GPU: Sapphire Vapor-X HD7770. $120 ($15 rebate)

PSU: XFX Core 550W, 80+ Bronze. $70 ($10 rebate)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $70

Case: Zalman Z9+. $60

Total (before rebates and shipping): $558

You have a fair bit of cash left, around $100. Where you want to put the cash is up to you. Good options I can see is a better case, an SSD, a CPU/mobo upgrade or a better GPU.
If your after longevity over a long time frame, then I advise the case upgrade, as that will last longer than any of the stuff inside it.
If your after longevity over a medium timeframe, then I advise the CPU mobo upgrade. Get a 3570k and a Z77 board. That means the rig is easily upgradable (can just throw any new GPU you want in without fear of bottlenecking).
If your after performance right now, upgrade the GPU to a 7850/660.
If your after blazing boot up times and general responsiveness in the rig, then get an SSD.
Yep, thats whats good about custom machines, its relatively easy to replace components in the rig.
Though of course make sure that your machine can handle any upgrades you think of beforehand. For instance, throwing in another graphics card for Crossfire/SLI isnt possible on this rig, the PSU is too small and the mobo doesn't support dual Crossfire/SLI adequately.