Help building gaming pc...


Dec 26, 2012
so im looking into buying/building a new computer. it will primary be used to game, music, stream movies, and simple programs.

games i'd like to run - diablo 3, bf3, metro2033, farcry3, red orcrastra 2, serious sam 3... ect

settings - ultra\high framerate - around 60 resolution - 1920x1080
(1 monitor)

i have upgraded a pre-built system before but never crafted one from scratch, so i'm pretty new at some things. this is a build i've come up with and i'd like any advice you might want to give. i am kinda partial to nvida just because I've always used them and know that they are very reliable, i also love being able to use the control center since some games don't give you all the options it allows for.

case - Cooler Master HAF XM System Cabinet

cpu - 3rd Gen Intel® Core i7 I7-3770K 3.5Ghz

HS - Cooler Master GeminII S524 Cooling Fan/Heatsink

MB- Asus P8Z77-M PRO Desktop Motherboard - Intel Z77 Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155

psu - PSA850TXCORSAIR - Corsair TX850W ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply 850W (guessing this is to much but i wan't sure)

ram - Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz DDR3 (8Gx2)

hd - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive

sdd - Crucial 128 GB Internal Solid State Drive

video - asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 2x

cd - LG 24x DVD�RW Super Multi Drive

os - WINDOWS 7 Home Prem 64 Bit

so this is what im looking at so far. as far as the i7 goes, i know a lot of people go for the i5, but i'd like to be able to listen to music or let a video buffer in the background while i'm running games. i thought it would be better in that case to upgrade but let me know if you think different. i also like to mess around in things like the creation kit(besthesda/skyrim) and others like it.

again this is what i'm looking into getting but before i went out and spent the money i'd like some advice on anything i could do better or more cost effectively. thanks in advance.

Corsair TX850W ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply 850W (guessing this is to much but i wan't sure)
>> similar corsair 750 silver/gold will be very wise choice

people will suggest you to put 3570K instead because it performs similar in GAME only, in other software there is a big gap from 3770k
>> if you have money, 3770K is a great investment :) people just wanted to cheap out

GTX 660 Ti is great but the sweet spot for nvidia lays on gtx 670. gtx 660 is limited by 192 bit bus

Cooler Master GeminII S524 Cooling Fan/Heatsink is beautiful but performs less than similar priced the legend 212 evo :)
here is the bench to compare both

just my 0.02 someone can improve more


Dec 26, 2012
thanks for that, looked at some benchmarks. looking at some 670's.

could you tell me what kind of increase i will see between - EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - and - EVGA 04G-P4-3673-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW+ 4GB 256-bit GDDR5

moving up is pushing me to my budget, the 4gb version is over what i was wanting to pay, i could probably manage it but im wondering if it would really be worth it for what im wanting to do