First-Timer (I followed the template!)


Dec 27, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months

Budget Range: Under 800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Mostly MMOs), Streaming Netflix, surfing the net.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: The only parts I currently have are:

Power Source: ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700W ATX12V Power Source

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler CPU Cooler

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Is it worth it to try Windows 8?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Winchester, VA

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (Would like to upgrade to 1980x1080 soon after)

Additional Comments: I have no need for any bling, my pc will sit in the same spot for a very long time. I would like it to be fairly quiet but that isn't a huge concern of mine. I'm basically looking to run the newer MMOs without having my pc run at 1 fps.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need to be able to run something besides WoW!

I have played around with some builds on but I have never built my own pc before so a lot of this is pretty foreign to me. This is what I put together, here I included my CPU Cooler and didn't put in a power source because I have the one I mentioned above.


Oct 23, 2012
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $799.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-28 07:10 EST-0500)