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$800-1000 Gaming PC Build help

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March 26, 2013 7:47:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $800-1000 After Rebates/Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All parts of tower, starting from nothing, and a monitor, keyboard, mouse (might get keyboard and mouse at best buy unless cheaper online)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Parts Preferences: None, just quality for good price

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: not sure what this is but maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: At least 1920x1080

Additional Comments: First time build, any advice is welcome. Looking for a quality build that will last a while but that also is for a good price. Willing to wait to buy an SSD later when I get the money. Want to run games like Starcraft 2, Bioshock Infinite, etc at high resolution and fps. Quiet and energy efficient would be nice but not essential.

More about : 800 1000 gaming build

March 26, 2013 8:23:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $953.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-26 23:18 EDT-0400)

Here. Win 8 is faster than win 7, but currently 10$ more. I put on win 7 because most people seem to hate win8. It's up to you. You could save easily a hundred dollars if you went with a 3350p, a b75 board, and a 500w psu, but I put them on there for a couple reasons:
1. You wanted to overclock, that requires a amd cpu (worse for gaming purposes) or a k-series cpu. i5 3570k oc's nicely.
2. The 750w psu is overkill unless you want to use two gpu's at once in a sli or crossfire, to get ~60-80% extra performance, and double up on a gpu you already have. (in the future, adding another 7870 would get you a good perf. boost.)
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