Nov 4, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: November (looking for black friday sales)

Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com , but am fine with whatever is cheapest :)

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: Functionality/pricing comes first, aesthetics are meh. Playing Dota 2, Skyrim, etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've always wanted a computer that is my own and would last me a long time. I'm not a hardcore gamer but like to be prepared with whatever is thrown at me.


CPU: i5-3570k - $145
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $15 AR
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $105 AR
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb (2x4) - $35
HDD: WD Black 1TB - $80
SSD: Kingston HyperX 120gb SSD - $60
Case: Antec 300 - $30 AR
PSU: Corsair TX750 - $70 AR
Optical Drive: ASUS BW-12B1ST - $60 AR

Also got a monitor for about $200.
Missing a GPU I ran out of funds :p
Other HDD are from my old computer.
Mouse+Keyboard+network card were another ~$100.

Total: ~$900

Suggestions/feedback are appreciated!! I plan to OC but not too extreme. Also need suggestions on video card. I play Dota 2, BF3, SC2, Skyrim.... and also want to watch Blu-Rays.


Nov 4, 2012
I'm willing spend maybe ~$200 for the GPU, but really all I need is something that can run the above games at a medium/high settings and good FPS.

The Blu-ray drive included in my build has blu-ray playback capabilities, just need 3rd party software.