New To PC building - Need Advice!


Nov 22, 2012
Hello, I am very new to PC building, this will be my first one and I am looking to get advice on the parts I picked. Mainly I want to know if there is something wrong or something better for its price. Feel free to point anything out that you notice may be odd or altogether incorrect and also just give me your opinion. I will say that I had trouble deciding on how to choose a motherboard, power supply, and optical drive.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably within the month

Budget Range:1000$ after rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming is priority, then surfing web, then just general use

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New build from scratch

Do you need to buy OS:no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg and amazon are preferred

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Mainly I want my PC to be able to run the latest games with high to best quality graphics and still get great fps

Why Are You Upgrading: My last desktop was a regular store bought one which I eventually upgraded for my gaming needs but unfortunately my gpu stopped working properly and now overheats after around half an hour of gameplay. The system is old overall so I thought it was time for a new pc.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $844.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 03:41 EST-0500)

Pretty much this. Better with an SSD. Bought a lot of things on sale which do not affect performance. Switched the 670 for the 7950 which is pretty almost as better as the 670 because of the drivers update but cheaper by $100. The 7950 is better with overclocks though.