Building a PC for Gaming or Video / Graphics Editing….

By A1 Computers And Service – 2012

The following PC below will get you a powerful, no-compromise system that is suitable for playing games or creating content at 1080p.

Gaming / Video / Graphics System: $ 1199.99 or $1219.99. At this price you get a system that makes no compromises. It will be able to play most of todays and future games at 1920×1080 with high details.

Case: This is a personal choice as to looks but I recommend a good name brand mid-tower case that has good airflow and cable management. I recommend the following: Inwin Dragon Slayer this is a well laid out case and offers great airflow, good cable management and allows space for today’s newer and longer graphics cards.

Power Supply: I recommend nothing below a good name brand 600Watt. My personal choice is the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W. It is a well-reviewed and awarded power supply at a fairly good price and is often offered with rebates making the price even better.

CPU: The AMD & Intel debate is still a hotly contested subject today but for pure performance I choose to go with Intel. For the CPU in the system I go with the Intel i5-3570K. This Ivy Bridge CPU offers performance that will get good frame rates in today’s hottest games with room to grow. The CPU is known for its ability to be overclocked giving you even more performance.

Motherboard: To go with the i5 CPU you will need a socket 1155 motherboard. We have 2 choices here for chipset to use on our motherboard. We can go with the Z68 or the Z77. I prefer the Z77 as it has native USB 3.0 support and memory improvements over the Z68. My motherboard of choice is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.

Memory: 8GIG DDR3. The motherboard in our system has 4 available memory slots. I choose to go with a starting of 8GIG using 2) 4GIG DIMMS. This will leave 2 slots left for future upgrades. The memory I would recommend to use in the system is G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB. This memory has been tested by ASRock and certified to work on their motherboard.

Graphics Card: We are back to another debate, this one being between AMD/ATI and nVidia based cards. In our build I chose to go with either the nVidia based ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti or with the AMD/ATI based XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB. In this case the AMD 7850 has a slight lead in performance compared to the nVidia 560ti but the AMD 7850 costs a little more.

SSD / Solid State Drive: A good solid state drive improves the performance of your system considerably. I recommend at least a 60GIG for your OS and DATA files. My personal choice is the SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM. It has won considerable awards and recommendations.

Hard Drive / Storage: I recommend at least 1 Terabyte as your main storage device. People today are storing lots of music, videos, and photographs. I like the Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB.

Optical Drive: For today’s PC I have to go with a Blu-ray drive. It will allow you ample storage as a backup device for your media and also let you watch movies on your PC. I like to go with the LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R

Operating System: I would not recommend putting Windows 8 onto any system at this point so I stick with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

This system is going to perform well for you in the years to come. You can add more memory as needed and have room for more storage as well. The Core i5 is a powerful CPU that should be good for the next 2-4 years or future software use.


Parts & Price List:

  • Case:  Inwinn Dragon Slayer  – $ 79.99
  • Power Supply:  OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W  – $ 74.99
  • CPU:  Intel i5-3570K  – $229.00
  • Motherboard:  ASRock Z77 Extreme4  – $134.99
  • Memory:  G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB  – $ 45.99
  • Video Cards:  ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti  – $209.99

                                   XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 – $229.99

  • SSD:  SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM  – $ 99.99
  • Hard Drive:  Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB  – $ 89.99
  • Optical Drive:  LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R  – $ 74.99
  • OS:  Windows 7 Home Premium 64bi t– $ 99.99
  • Total with Shipping:  – $1199.99 or $1219.99 depends on which video card you chose

All prices are good on NewEgg as of 8-4-2012 11:00am EST


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