My CBM is outdated need advice.


Dec 17, 2012
So the thread title was actually my first computer many, many, many moons ago. I don't have it anymore although I wish I did, it would probably be worth a good penny as an antique. Kudos to anyone who knows what a CBM is. Anyways...

I could use some advice on a new build. Stats as follows:

Items I have:
Single Monitor - 1920 X 1080 (50' Plasma TV HDMI)
Windows 7 Home Premium

Things I need on the inexpensive side:
Case - Black preferred
Ethernet Card

For this resolution on a single monitor is this a good setup, and would I ever find the need to upgrade to a 2nd graphics card? (Main games will be Arma 2, BF3, Arma 3 (when it comes out)).
Is Everything compatible.
Do you see anywhere I can save money?
Do you see anything that should be upgraded?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital 7200 RPM 1T ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: ?
Power Supply: ?
Ethernet Card: ?
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Total: 956.92

Thanks for taking the time to read and Merry X-mas!


Dec 17, 2012
I was thinking that after i posted it (ethernet). Thanks.

Is SSD that important to start off with or is it something that I can hold off on until I get more funds?

and thanks for that link thats an awesome feature.
its better to start off with a ssd than to add a ssd to a system. that way you dont have to reinstall windows, reinstall games, and reactivate windows with microsoft. saves yourself from the hassle, but some people prefer to save money and go through the hassle