$1600 Gaming Desktop

Howdy ya'll! 

I'm John, new to the forums, nice to meet the community. :)


Since my current computer is not able to handle all the fuss I'm getting into, I decided to build a completely new one. And of course I want to be quick, so here's the result!: 

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k]Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($189.99 @ Microcenter)

[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14]Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler[/url] ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z77agd65gaming]MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl10d16gbxl]G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($104.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd256bw]Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($219.99 @ Adorama)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2002faex]Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($149.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797oc3gd]Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card[/url] ($389.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-sgc5000wkwn1]Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case[/url] ($169.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze]SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)

[b]Total:[/b] $1561.88

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Is it good enough? Thanks!

(PS. I received help with the build from a close friend of mine.)


An alternative would be the fx 8350, as it shows that in gaming you benefit espeacially if the spare cores are getting used:





 If you want to overclock, add another GPU, or both in the future, I would highly recommend getting a higher PSU. The XFX 850 watt, or the 1050 watt version of XFX. Depends on which CPU you are going to choose, and how many GPU's you are going to add, and how much overclocking you are going to do.


I think there is nothing more to add here, you and your friend have done a pretty nice job. If you want to pick the fx 8350, go for the asus Sabertooth 990fx. Its loaded and looks sweet.

Great build! If I were to change a couple things, it might be going from that Samsung 840 Pro, to the regular Samsung 840. Unless you absolutely need the higher write times (I think) the 840 series will save you some money, and still be lightning fast and reliable.

With those savings you might be able to step up to the 3770k, which is an incredible $230 at Microcenter. Also, if you're staying with the 3570k, Microcenter will give you $40 off a compatible z77 board, something to bear in mind.

Lastly, I'm not really sure a Full ATX case is necessary, but if you really like the case, or have your heart set on it, go for it. There just might be some cheaper, more manageable Mid tower cases out there.

Anyway, awesome build, and good luck!