PC for gaming


Jul 27, 2012
I just finished making this build for gaming:

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K

Motherboard - MSI Z77A-G43

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SE

PSU - Corsair CX600

RAM - Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

SSD - OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III

CPU cooler - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

I know the Cooler Master 212 is better than Arctic, but I already had a case, and I was afraid that it wouldn't fit.

How well did I do with this build? It cost me a total of $638 and as I said, it is for gaming (Ignore the small amount of storage, I know about it).
Note: The case I used it somewhat old and I do plan on changing it once I can afford it, but I was wondering how high a priority I should make it. My current case is here: http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9805/asdasdaz.jpg (What's inside it was switched out).

Also, this is quite the upgrade from what I've had before so I want to know if I should look into overclocking. I have some knowledge about overclocking CPUs, but I know nothing about overclocking the GPU.
Would it be worth overclocking with anything out as of now?


I feel that you did a awesome job on it being a entry level gaming rig. Good price. You will be able to play a lot of today's games on high settings. You will just have to tinker around with the settings.

This way you will know and OC'ing your GPU isn't that hard there are a lot of youtube videos on how to do that and articles on here as well. There are programs like MSI Afterburner that will help.

It will allow you to OC the GPU you will be able to monitor your temps and your fps all at the same time on your screen while you play. You don't even need to click off the game or go to a window.

It is on your screen and you can put it to show anywhere you want it to be. Plus you can set your fan way points so when your temps rise so does your fan it gets faster. I will link it to you. Hope this helped and good luck to you.


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i would forget the ssd and the 560se... there both pointless. the ssd is to small to be anything other than a boot drive and the 560se is a seriously gimped 560 which is itself a weaker than the 560ti. spend the money you were gonna on the ssd on a better gfx card. for 70-100 or what ever it costs you can upgrade massively the gfx.
maybe even a 570 or better still wait a month or so and get a 660 which should perform at a similar level as the 580. for 570 money.



Jun 21, 2012
Would definitely drop the SSD for a better GPU. If it is a gaming rig, you need to focus on games, and not boot time.

Would also drop the CPU cooler for GPU money. Your CPU is already very good, and the GPU will be much more of a slowdown in games. You can still overclock the CPU a bit, but not much obviously.