I think my last post was removed for lack of being built/pictures, but it's up and running now. Upgraded a 4 and a half year old PC without much of a budget, so I waited until Black Friday and tried to get the most bang for my buck I could. This was both for gaming and graphic programs such as Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and such.

Here are the prices I got at Fry's, TigerDirect and Newegg. CPU/Mobo were a combo pack, split the price for listing.

  • CPU: i5-3570K - $130
  • Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 - $50
  • Video Card: HIS 7850 Fan 2GB - $180
  • Memory: G.Skill 16gb - $50
  • Storage: HyperX 3K 120GB - $60
  • Vertex 3 120GB - $50
  • Seagate 3TB - $90
  • Optical Drive: LG DVDRW - $13

Total: $623 after $50 in rebates. Before tax(on some items), paid no shipping.

Included the video card since its a core component, but that was a birthday gift thus I wasn't able to jump on any particular deals. The listed Tower and PSU are from my previous computer, I only included pictures as proof rather than trying to show a nice case or cable managemet. They seem like they will work fine, aside from having to buy some adapters to use any more SATA power additions.

Also picked up:

  • Keyboard: Logitech K350 - $15
  • Mouse: Logitech M705 - $15
  • BF3: Elite for $30 as a benchmark game as I didn't have any cutting edge games.

2 SSDs as I bought the Vertex 3 before fully reading reviews, and decided it was worth a second SSD to load the OS on a more reliable drive. It will be nice to be able to put all my graphics caches on the secondary SSD anyway.

The 3d Mark scores are with the default OC Genie II overclock, and the GPU at 1100/1250 from the default 860/1200 which I saw used in a review. Without any extra cooling I won't try to push it.

How'd I do?

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.


  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

you are missing one core component. CPU Cooler. Aside from that you have a solid build and I'm happy to see you have a backup for the OCZ ssd. very balanced build.

figured I'd give some suggestions just in case:

and or

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Thankyou, added both those to a price watchlist. Not that they are expensive now.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Most welcome. I only prefer the Evo because the base which comes in contact with the CPU has a flatter copper service, where as the plus has ridges where the copper pipe meets. Just that little difference but to me was worth the little extra money.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Quite overclockable, that is, if you get a CPU cooler.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I was underestimating the importance of an aftermarket CPU cooler based on the first two comments.

I didn't do much research into that admittedly, I'll look into it. The CPU temperatures seem ok now but I will probably end up wanting to overclock more down the line, and I don't know how much the room temperature when summer rolls around will effect things.

Thanks both!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome. If you don't feel the need, the need for speed. sorry. I mean if you don't feel the need to do any overclocking right now, you don't need the cooler. You can wait until you feel you need it than add it. Infact if you add a cpu cooler to your stock clock cpu, it wont benefit you any. But it will greatly benefit you if you overclock the CPU. Happy gaming!!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sick build for what you payed. Well done. Cable management could use some work

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty solid for what you paid. As a previous poster mentioned I'd definitely try to spring for a CPU cooler. I personally have the Noctua NH-D14, which is pretty popular and used by many who OC, but there are plenty of options out there for you. Great build.