First Time Gamer Build, $1000 Budget w/o graphics


May 26, 2012
I'm getting ready to build my first computer focused on gaming, most recently I'm playing SWTOR.

I have been researching alot into.. everything, and i have made myself a setup using newegg.

What I'm Particularly Looking to Accomplish:
1: Gaming Powerhouse
2: Handle the Future 780 gtx
3: Possibility of using this computer for Photoshop/Illustrator (If that happens ill buy another set of my ram)

Budget (Max $1050 /w shipping,(usually $20 with ups))
Estimated Order Date: June 29th, 2012
Location: United States, Wisconsin
Overclocking: Possibility
SLI: Optional, probably not.
Resolution: 1366x768

Current Build:

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ($240@newegg)

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($150@newegg)

Ram: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB ($58@newegg)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($60@newegg)

Power: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ... ($140@newegg)

SSD: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($125@newegg)

DVD Reader/Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($18@newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($100@newegg)

Parts already owned i plan on using:
Harddrive: My oldish & slow WD Caviar Green 1tb 5400 RPM HDD, after i clear it, for storage.
Graphics Card: Nvidia 550ti 1GB EVGA Superclocked

Are all my components compatible, is anything cheaper, better and more reliable that i overlooked?
--and will the SSD /w operating system installed work with my harddrive for storage? $239.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD),1.html <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

Get yourself some headroom as in a 750w psu.

This one down below is manufactured by Seasonic for XFX. $137.99 - $127.99 after mail-in rebate card
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

or... $109.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

With the money saved step up to a better that has front 3.0 USB ports seeing how all these new boards have the front 3.0 USB header. Look at the Corsair 300R or the Corsair 400R.


Jun 2, 2012
Will the G.Skill RAM work with the P8Z77-V LK Motherboard? I checked the QVL and it's not listed...I really want to buy this especially since it's currently on sale for $44.

The G.Skill Ares are just G.Skill Ripjaws with low profile heat spreaders. The Ripjaws were impeding some larger cpu heat sinks so G.Skill got smart and put out the Ares line a few months ago. That RAM will work fine with that board.


May 26, 2012
I decided to swap out the Sandisk SSD for a 128 gig M4 and i swapped out the PSU for a corsair 750w semi-modular, the egg ratings + number of ratings influence me alot.
I also threw in a 4 pack of 120mm case fans from the same company as the case, 5/5 eggs over 200 ratings, and the highest rated 200mm from the same company, the 200mm ill put on the top for exhaust.

I see OEM means that it dosent come with stuff, does that mean i need to buy a Coord for both the DVD Burner and the OEM SSD? i plan on building this within the week so im kinda freaking out about it, lol. --if i do please show me which one i should throw in my cart :eek:

Similar threads