Nov 21, 2009
Approximate Purchase Date: 12/1/12

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Interwebs, Graphic Design

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe

Parts to Upgrade:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Monoprice mini display port -> DVI ($6.65)
Other: Monoprice HDMI Cable ($2.50)
Total: $1443.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 13:14 EST-0500)

Do you need to buy OS: Maybe. Going to try and keep Win7 Ultimate unless someone has a good reason not to...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Please see list above with merchants.

Location: Chicago, IL

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 yet may upgrade to 1920x1080 (Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor) or other depending on input. Currently I have 2 nice 19" Viewsonics which are working well...

Additional Comments: I play mainly FPS games like Bioshock Infinite yet some RPG like Company of Heroes 2 and Civ 5. I have the Antec Performance One P180 case which I like. I may replace/add fans so if anyone has suggestions for non LED case fans, that would also be appreciated.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently running an Intel E6750 2.66GHz OCd to 3.2GHz with an 8800GT 1GB and I was replaying Bioshock 2 and it's jerky...

I'd like to leave some room to upgrade monitors later (again, I'm probably going to stick to 1280x1024 for a bit unless someone convinces me otherwise) and I'd like to have a CPU and GPU that can handle a few generations of games. Possibly start with a minor OC and increase for more intense games down the road...
Any help is greatly appreciated.


Jan 8, 2012
Why 7970?
GTX 670 provides better performance and it's cheaper as well,or you should take a look at GTX 680 which is on average 15% faster than 7970 and it has CUDA cores which help in rendering in certain softwares.
Everything else looks fine.Good luck!


Nov 21, 2009

I looked here and chose the 7970 GHz Edition:
Am I missing something?
GTX680 pushes out of my price point...
Thanks for any further assistance.