Looking For Advice/Improvements on ~1000$ Gamer Build


Dec 15, 2012
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/szv4

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter -luckily one in Denver)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Free With Mobo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($254.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.28 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $944.20

Will use Microcenter, Amazon, Newegg, and NCIX if people recommend it haven't used it personally.

I'm looking for any advice/recommendations on this build. I'm looking at staying under $1K, but can go over if absolutely necessary. Going primarily for a gaming build, with occasional video editing/Revit use. Looking at purchasing ASAP up to early January 2013.

Had some notes from my research -

Planned on OC'ing the 3570k.
Is it worth going for the Extreme6? Or just stick with Extreme4, any other Mobo recommendations (I've used ASUS in the past haven't let me down)
Brand new to SSDs (my last desktop build was when SSDs were relatively new/unknown, any advice/help would be recommended.
Prefer nVidia, but if the Radeon offers better performance at a similar price, let me know- willing to OC both
Might someday go for SLI/Crossfire, would a 750W power supply be a safer bet? Also, I prefer a modular PSU, but can compromise.
Need a monitor, 1920x1080 any of your own recommendations/taste are appreciated. I'm running a second monitor at 1440x900 for extra stuff, not a primary/game screen.
Don't absolutely need a computer case, as I have an Antec 300 I can reuse, might want something a little smaller/lighter

No need for OS/Optic Drive/Keyboard/Mouse
Anything else you guys see, please let me know, and be brutal (with explanation). Love others point of view on PC builds.
-An extremely grateful Nerd


Sep 14, 2012
the build looks perfect specially at this price and this microcenter offer , i suggest going with the HD 7950 than the 660ti IF you are not making this build for something like bf3 or planetside 2 , because nvidia cards have the upper hands in these 2 games specially with their physx , the psu issue you doesn't really need badass psu and i know that some of the guys here will not agree with me , but i don't care i was running 2 gtx 660 with this psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014 and it was absolutely no problem , the motherboard if you want to jump to something better have a look at the gigabyte UD3H , and yeah if you can fit an ssd to your build without breaking the budget it will be great ( samsung 830 or ocz vertex 4 ) both are great value.


Nov 25, 2012

This is a really good build..the only thing i'd change is the GPU..get a 7870 or if you want to stick with nvidia spend a bit more and get a 670..for SLI/crossfire you'll have to get a 750w PSU..for a single GPU setup a 550w is enough..and i'd also use the Antec 300 and save some money..