[Homebuild] Budget Gaming Build


Dec 20, 2012
I have a $1,000 budget. I have the keyboard, mouse, power supply and operating system already. I would like any suggestions or opinions on this build regarding performance and price. Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $776.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-31 14:21 EST-0500)
Get a different power supply. Depending on what games you play - HD7850/70 or the GTX660Ti may be a better choice.
EDIT: If you want to go closer to the $1000 limit - GTX 670 or HD7970
Makes no sense to spend good money on quality components and scrimp on the power supply.
Thermaltake has a bad reputation for overstating the specs. Stick with a respected brand Antec, Seasonic, Silverston, Corsair, XFX PC Power & Cooling...
I wish I had a MicroCenter near me - look for their cpu/mobo combos - will save some $$.
I'll look on NewEgg for a few supplies for you - it will depend on you gpu choice as to how large you need.