Looking for help buying parts for new gaming PC


Nov 23, 2012
Hello, this is my first post here and was looking for some guidance in choosing parts for a (pretty much) new gaming PC. Im kinda a noob when it comes to technical information dealing with parts so Im looking for someone more knowledgeable who can help! :) Looking to possibly take advantage of cyber monday deals if possible on Newegg as well.

Budget Range: Haven't really decided, but preferably under 1000$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, PSU, GPU,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280X1024 (my GF is buying me a new monitor for the holidays so this should be increasing)

I plan on keeping my GPU which is a Nvidia 9800GTX+ 512mb. It seems to be solid still and from what I've read, people still use this one while upgrading other parts which is what I would like to do.

My currents specs are (and Im not sure on brands/models exactly atm but I can find out if need be for the purpose of choosing new parts): Core 2 duo E8400 3.0ghz, only 4 gigs of ram, an older Gigabyte motherboard and a complete crap 80 gig HDD. With all these new parts being added, Im not sure if a new tower would be a good idea as well, mine is pretty standard.

So far I think I'd like to go with a quad core i5 series Intel processor, after that is what I am looking for help with as I have no idea how to pick a mobo that suits this CPU and will work with my GPU as well. If any other information is needed please let me know. :)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $890.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 22:44 EST-0500)

Get a better GPU. The 9800GTX will hold you back when your GF buys you a new monitor.


Nov 23, 2012

Hey thanks for the response. I was thinking about waiting to see how things go with my new monitor before I get a new GPU as I see it as being not the most important to upgrade. I like that memory choice tho, seems solid and has crazy good reviews and a great price.