Is this the a good build for less than 850$


Nov 30, 2012
Planning on building a new PC for Christmas break. Never built a PC before and I'm trying to stay under 850$, and am wondering if anyone can improve upon the build.

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $85

GFX - PNY VCGGTX660XPB GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 230 $230

PSU - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $90

Cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ... $35

CPU - Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
MOBO - ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $357
RAM - free

CASE - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ... $50

$123 USD savings

$846 USD Total - free shipping
An asrock z77 extreme 6 with a i5-3550 which cannot oc, is not a good combo, perhaps a good combo for newegg.
You'll need the i5-3750k + asrock z77 extreme 4 (it's cheaper) if you want to oc the cpu, if not get the i5-3470 + h77 pro 4/mvp asrock and ditch that cooler(only with the non k).
You can also get cheaper psu for that card :
Better case/price :


Oct 29, 2012
What are you using it for? The 3570K and Asrock extreme4 Mobo are about $365 from newegg. They work nice together for gaming. I would stick with the 660 over the 660ti. There isn't that much of a performance gain for the $70 more the ti version cost.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $849.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-30 15:45 EST-0500)