New/upgrade video game computer, targeting $1,000

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It's been… four and a half years since I last built a computer for video games. I'm here to share my excitement and get some feedback on my proposed build. Let me know your thoughts. (Oh, I stole the template from Tom's Hardware.)

I last built a game computer in 2008. It's long outdated.


  • Approximate Purchase Date: October 1, 2012
  • Budget Range: $1000 Before Rebates, Before Shipping
  • System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming only
  • Are you buying a monitor: No
  • Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, video, PSU; adding SSD
  • Parts to Reuse: case (Antec Solo 2008), SATA DVD, two SATA HDDs, X-Fi Titanium sound card
  • Do you need to buy OS: No
  • Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
  • Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
  • Overclocking: No
  • SLI or Crossfire: No
  • Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200
  • Additional Comments: My preference is for quiet components that don't run hot. I'm not interested liquid cooling. Games I'm looking to play are newer (to me!) games like Skyrim, Witcher 2, Metro 2033, Borderlands 2, Civilization V, the new XCOM, the new SimCity.

Draft Parts List

  • PCPartPicker part list:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
  • Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($404.62 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($110.17 @ Newegg)
  • Total: $1012.74
  • (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  • (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 01:34 EDT-0400)

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