Rate this $1,100 Build


Apr 4, 2010
Here is the build I am thinking about buying. Let me know what you guys think. If you think I should trade anything out, let me know.

■LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $17.99
■Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99
■EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI $289.99
■CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99
■G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $38.99
■ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99
■Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $199.99
■Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $99.99
■Prevx Cloud Security 1 User Product Key Card (no media) $29.99
■COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99

TOTAL: $1,087.13


Sep 25, 2012
There are a few problems (in my opinion) and suggestions.

#1 Get the i5-2500k or 3570k, which are about 20$ more.
#2 Find 1600~1866 DDR3 Ram. There are many good sets that have good timings too for ~40 to 50$, which is just a tiny bit more than the one you have there.
#3 I would suggest a 670 or 7950 which are in the low $300s now (the 660s have not dropped in price).
#4 1TB Caviar Blacks are $91, it'll be faster and cheaper per GB. You also may consider investing a little bit more into the power supply for modular cables and a better OEM (the CX series aren't really the best in quality, just mediocre).
#5 Windows 7 if you want a bit less trouble with gaming at the moment. Grab the $15 W8 upgrade. You then can keep the W8 key for the future.
#6 There are many good free antivirus programs out there (and firewalls). You might want to consider saving that $30.


Aug 7, 2012
^+1 no point in have a z77 mono if you don't have unlocked chip. Go with DDR 3 1600. Ares or sniper if you like g skill so no conflicts with CPU heat sink. I would also suggest a 670 if you van stretch the cash otherwise go with 7950,7870



Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1060.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 19:00 EST-0500)

If you buy the motherboard I suggested along with Windows 7 on newegg, you'll get a $10 combo discount.

I made a couple of other changes to help maximize your build's performance. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!