Need help with a new build for gaming. 600-800$


Jul 6, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 600-800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, exclusively, mainly GW2/D3/WoW etc. Nothing too intense.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, windows not required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website that has good deals, no preference. I am very familiar with and

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I have always used intel/nvidia for no reason. I have no preference either way, but my monitor is a 29" 1920x1200.

Overclocking: Maybe, never done it so feel a bit uncertain. Dumb question, but not sure if I could do some serious damage or not.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, none of the games I intend to play currently support either, but I can see it being beneficial to have the option.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Dont care how it looks, no need for flashy lights or running waterfalls. Just something that will work well and be rather silent.

Thank you for all the help!
Also, it has been a while since I assembled my own PC, which is why I need advice from you guys, I am unfamiliar with newer PC parts and compatibility etc. If someone has a good guide on assembling a PC, I would appreciate the refresher.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.49 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($243.00 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $806.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-BWN1 Blue Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$279.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $249.99

The total for this build is $823.42 and it is over the budget so if you want to get a lower video card then that will bring the cost down some.

ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$239.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $209.99

If you take this video card instead of the other one the total comes to $783.42 and then you would be under the budget limit. But you would be getting a lesser ranked video card.


Jul 6, 2012
Thanks for the replies guys, I appreciate the advice and help.
From what I understand, GW2 (and most MMOs) are CPU heavy as well as GPU, so I think I would opt for bigcyco1's build in this case, based on my very rudimentary knowledge here. Any insights?

Also, I could still really use a DIY guide for assembling a PC.



The motherboard in Bigcyco1's build does not support SLI/Crossfire, so if you have intentions of doing that later on you would have to change out the motherboard. The power supply also has 2 Pci-e 6+2 connectors and for sli/crossfire and with the 7850 you need 4 , but this is all in the event that you go with Crossfire if your content with the one 7850 and don't need crossfire later on then that build will be fine.

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