Dec 25, 2012
My Needs:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days or so

Budget Range: ~$1000 after rebates (1200 including monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > General Use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (eventually going dual monitor)

Parts to Upgrade: Needs everything

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, whatever has the best deal

Location: Provo, UT (no microcenters close by )

Parts Preferences: Intel preferable

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure, not a priority.

Additional Comments: Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Bioshock series, Crysis series, Bethesda games (Skyrim, Fallout and etc). Use as multimedia center for movies, downloads and general use.


My build:
CPU: I5-3570k $220
GPU: XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 $220 after rebate
MB: Motherboard GA-Z77-D3H $112.50
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 $60
Keyboard: AZIO KB528U Levitron Clicker $40
Ram:Corsair Vengeance (Black) 4GBx2 $44
Mouse: CM Xornet $21
SDD: Scan Disk Extreme 240GB $160
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $60 after rebate
DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB $18
Fans: COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack $13

Total: 1021 after rebate.
Then for monitor I'll get the Samsung S22A350H, ASUS VS239H-P, or Asus VS229H-P. Seem like a nice mix of IPS screens with decent response rates for gaming.

--Does this look good? Any suggestions on parts or prices?--



Seems like it could do with a bit of changing.

For the CPU cooler, get at least the CM hyper 212+, they're good enough for mild overclocking

Personally, I'm not a big fan of OCZ psu's, they are less reliable. Get a corsair, seasonic or antec. I believe the corsair tx 650 V2 is quite cheap now, have a look at that

I don't know about the peripherals but other than that everything else looks OK


May 9, 2011
I don't like repeating things I have no proof on, or have just heard other people say, so I won't comment on OCZ's PSUs--I certainly liked their RAM when it was out and like their Vertex SSDs. If you are curious, here is a review on the PSU:


The glaring omission in your build is a mechanical hard drive--I doubt you are storing all those games on the SSD. To keep its speeds up, you should generally leave an SSD about half empty. Moreover, your budget really doesn't support a 256 GB SSD: if you were spending $1500 or more, I could see that, but around $1000, the money is better spent on a better GPU than on a roomier SSD. I suggest you go with a 120 GB SSD.

I've juggled your parts around and saved where I could (mobo, SSD, GPU) and sneaked in a 1TB Caviar Black. I am about $25 under $1000, so feel free to bump the SSD capacity back up if you can stomach the extra $70-80. If you want to replace the case's stock fans, please don't use the CM fans in your original build--go for some good Noctua 120mm fans. They aren't cheap (about $25 a pop), but will last you forever and keep everything cool (and importantly, quiet).

The brands I've picked, I've done so because of good reviews, good personal experiences (esp WD, Asrock, Corsair and Sapphire), good reputation on the 'net, and lastly, a decent price. I've had components from WD and Sapphire fail on me and the RMA process has been very quick and smooth--WD even took back a good HDD along with the bad one so I could keep my RAID 0. As long as the quality of their HDDs is maintained, I am a WD customer for life.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8D5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8D5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/v8D5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($91.78 @ eCost)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: AZIO Levetron Clicker Wired Standard Keyboard ($47.99 @ Mwave)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($56.02 @ Amazon)
Total: $971.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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