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Build Advice Building my first gaming PC with a $1200 budget

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by UhOhCheerio, 17 Oct 2012.

  1. UhOhCheerio

    UhOhCheerio What's a Dremel?

    17 Oct 2012
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    As i said above, I have a $1200 budget for my first custom built gaming PC. I’ve checked various websites and forums for good components and have come up with this build:


    It is a bit over budget as you can tell. I already have a good 1080p monitor, keyboard, and mouse. However, I would also love suggestions on any tried and true keyboards (backlit) and mice you all enjoy. I currently have my eyes on Logitech or Razer products. I have a laptop at the moment so I won’t be using any old components and I also intend to overclock my PC.

    Is this a good build? Would it be future proof? I am fairly new to PC gaming but I am very curious and open to learning new things. I’m a little stuck at this point and would appreciate more suggestions on different builds and components which would lower down the price tag but not lower down its performance by a big margin.

    Thank you in advance for any support!
  2. mrMonkeyChunks

    mrMonkeyChunks EVGA Cheesecake

    4 Mar 2012
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    If you are using this computer primarily for gaming I would drop the i7 cpu and pick up a i5 3570k which should save you a bit ($215 from newegg)

    You could get away with a less powerful PSU too, around 550 - 600 should be fine for that build.

    I would also suggest swapping out the SSD for a samsung 830 series SSD.
  3. MightyBenihana

    MightyBenihana Do or do not, there is no try

    8 Sep 2011
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    Does that RAM fit under that cooler?

    Also that is an expensive case, have you looked at the fractal R4 or the Corsair 500 series?
  4. Sviatoslav

    Sviatoslav What's a Dremel?

    3 Mar 2012
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    I'd go with SilverStone Raven RVO3 for the case of the similar price... Check out Custom PC April 2012 reviews + it's been their recommended gaming case for a while now

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