Haven't built a computer since 2000


Dec 17, 2012
Been gaming on my laptop for quite a while and its time to build a desktop that can handle newer games. My main game right now is Arma II and as some may already know it is very CPU intensive and I'm looking to increase my fps past 20. Main usage for the computer will be games.

I use head phones when gaming. I plan on buying a decent sound card at a later date for my 5.1 surround speakers for music and movies.
I use a 50" Plasma TV via HDMI which is 1920 X 1080.
Already have a keyboard and mouse (USB).

I would like to get a Radeon graphics card. At this resolution would I need 2 graphics cards or will one suffice? And if 2 I would like to only buy one now and buy one at a later date.
The case doesn't need to be anything special. I just want to make sure everything will fit in nice and snug and allow room for upgrades.

Budget is around 1200 bucks.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($131.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($354.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1199.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 18:21 EST-0500)